Money the City of Port Alberni applied for to alleviate flooding on lower Fourth Avenue is bogged down in red tape amid a flood of applications.
The city applied for $2.3 million from the federal-provincial Flood Protection Fund in January of this year but no decision has been made regarding the application yet.
“The last time I called they said that they are still considering all of the projects yet,” city engineer Guy Cicon said.
Work was originally envisioned being done in the summers of 2011 and 2012.
The money is to be used to improve the water bearing capacity of the existing channel along the lower reaches of Dry Creek, Cicon said.
“Basically we want it to pass the flood water and prevent flooding along lower Third and Fourth avenues where there is a mix of commercial, residential and industrial,” Cicon said.