Lumby purchases more than 80 acres of land for flood mitigation

Flooding in the back parking lot of the Sheardowns grocery store in Lumby on June 21, 2013. (File Photo)
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LUMBY – The Village of Lumby has purchased a large chunk of land to help protect its residents from flooding.

The municipality bought 84.2 acres of property located along its western entrance for roughly $720,000. The primary purpose is flood mitigation, but the purchase will also preserve of the natural beauty of the Lumby entranceway and other community opportunities, the municipality says in a news release.

The village has dealt with significant flooding events in past years, including a severe flood that hit the downtown core in 2013. 

“I’m thrilled we are able to make this announcement. This acquisition provides us with a significant opportunity to help protect the Village residents and businesses from potentially destructive flooding,” Mayor Kevin Acton says in the release.

The property is made up of about 73 acres of country residential and 11 of industrial, with Duteau Creek running the length of the property.

Approximately two thirds of the land is within the Agricultural Land Reserve.

The purchase was funded though the Village’s land acquisition reserve and other internal borrowing.

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