Unprecedented flooding in recent years has highlighted the need for investments in flood mitigation. This requires all orders of government to work together to address problem areas and use taxpayer dollars as efficiently as possible. The AMM has long advocated for permanent flood protection and prevention to be put in place in at-risk areas, particularly when local communities are rebuilding their infrastructure. Rebuilding with flood prevention in mind will save recovery and reconstruction costs in the future.
The AMM is currently following the development of a National Disaster Mitigation Program by Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. In Manitoba specifically, several initiatives are underway to implement recommendations made by 2011 flood reviews to improve flood protection infrastructure, surface water management, and drainage regulation and enforcement.