Flood management in B.C. is left up to municipalities. Should it be?

Year after year, reports have been issued and warnings given that B.C.’s flood management system was haphazard and in need of upgrades or reform. 

“The current model for flood risk governance in BC is broken,” reads the most recent one, a May 2021 report for the Fraser Basin Council, in the first sentence of its conclusion after 139 pages of research. 

But year after year, little in the way of systemic change happened, until this month’s catastrophic flooding and landslides across much of southwestern B.C.

“Whether it’s engineers or planners, we’re all having ‘a told-you-so moment, and that moment is useful in a way,'” said ‪Lilia Yumagulova, a resilience scholar who

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