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Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy

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The draft strategy document for the Surrey Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy is open for comment. We invite you to read the draft strategy and send your comments to coastal@surrey.ca by September 16, 2019.

About CFAS

As the climate changes, coastal areas everywhere can expect more frequent and severe flooding from storm surges and sea level rise. In Surrey, over 2,500 people will be affected in residential areas and neighbourhoods in and around Crescent Beach, Panorama/Gray Creek, Cloverdale, Inter-River Area, Colebrook, Mud Bay, Nico-Wynd/Crescent Road and Semiahmoo First Nation. The coastal floodplain area spans 20% of Surrey’s land.

To help our coastal communities become more resilient, the City is developing a Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy (CFAS) for Surrey’s coastal floodplain area. CFAS takes a participatory, community-driven planning approach directly engaging residents, stakeholders, and other partners, including First Nations, community and environmental organizations, business associations and groups, senior governments, farmers, the agricultural community, and neighbouring jurisdictions to identify short, medium and long-term options to adapt.

Learn about the Coastal Flooding Projects that have resulted from CFAS so far.

CFAS Area

Explore the history and future of Surrey’s coastal floodplain. Learn how coastal flooding impacts environment, communities and people, agriculture, infrastructure, and culture by clicking the map symbols below or watch this descriptive video.

Public Consultation & Workshops

CFAS has been engaging with residents, stakeholders and partners since 2016. The results of this participatory planning process are summarized in the project Engagement Report for Phases 1-3. Highlights of the engagement efforts so far include:

  • 100,000+ Social Media Impressions
  • 1,750+ online surveys completed
  • 500+ worksheets completed
  • 200+ Surrey Youth Engaged
  • 200+ Community Conversations
  • 8 Pop-up Project Outreach Stations throughout Surrey
  • 7 Technical workshops
  • 5 Crescent Beach Workshops
  • 3 Sector Based Focus Groups
  • 3 Project Advisory Group Workshops
  • 2 Project Open Houses
  • 2 Coastal Site Tours

The April 2018 Open House summarized the findings of Phase 2 and 3, and a subsequent update is available in the 2018 CFAS Year End Update Presentation. A final project Open House will be scheduled in 2019.

To hear stories from our residents and stakeholders, see the CFAS YouTube Playlist.

Approaches

Learn about the 10 options developed for adapting to coastal flooding in Surrey. The options cover Crescent Beach, Semiahmoo Bay and Mud Bay/Cloverdale.

Process

The CFAS project is broken into five phases illustrated below along with a general project timeline. The inclusive, participatory approach is the foundation in each of the five project phases and ensures we develop a set of preferred strategies that are robust, transparent and defensible.

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  • Phase 1: What matters most and who is affected? expand
  • (Summer 2016 – Spring 2017) 

    This phase developed hazard communication materials to communicate current and future flood risks across the study area to all stakeholder group.  A series of workshops, an online survey and an open house helped identify preliminary community values to support the evaluation of flood protection alternatives.

    CFAS Phase 1

     

  • Phase 2 and 3: What can we do and what is acceptable expand
  • (Fall 2017 – Winter 2018) 

    In this phase, adaptation options are envisioned, refined and evaluated. This is a highly technical phase to assess the appropriateness of a wide range of adaptation options across engineering, economic, social, cultural and ecological indicators. Adaptation strategies are being refined with stakeholder and partner input. A project Advisory Group of more than 30 organizations was established to assist in refining strategies and refining options.

    CFAS Phase 2 and 3

  • Phase 4: How will we do it? expand
  • (Spring 2018 – Summer 2019) 

    In this phase, a small number of robust, broadly supported adaptation strategies with phasing are refined into preferred strategies based on cost, funding and partnerships.

    Also as part of this phase, working closely with potential partners, City of Surrey submitted a $76.6M funding request to the federal government, under the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to implement priority coastal flood adaptation works.

    Latest News: On May 24, 2019, the Government of Canada confirmed a $76.6M investment to help implement a comprehensive flood adaptation strategy that will increase flood resilience and protect over 125,000 residents, homes and businesses who are at high risk of coastal flooding. This funding will help build, rehabilitate and expand 13 infrastructure assets in Surrey and surrounding communities.

    CFAS Phase 4 process

     

  • Phase 5: Reporting back expand
  • Fall 2019 – Winter 2019

    In this phase, final project materials will be circulated and a wrap-up event will be hosted.

    CFAS Phase 5

     

Background

In Surrey lowlands, multiple components of a flood control system work together to manage coastal flooding. The animation below illustrates how the land is at a higher risk of being flooded when high ocean levels coincide with heavy rainfall, together putting a strain on the flood control system.

To learn more about coastal flooding, see the CFAS Primer Part 1: Coastal Flooding in Surrey, or watch a short video on Coastal Flood Management in Surrey.

Review additional background information and resources.

Acknowledgments

This work is funded in part by grants from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. We thank them for the support that makes this work possible.

Contact CFAS

For more information, contact Matt Osler, Project Engineer, City of Surrey at coastal@surrey.ca or 604-591-4657.

 

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