BC pledges $21 million for infrastructure and essential services in Lytton

The work would allow Lytton residents to safely return and prepare the village for the next phase of reconstruction, including planning and permitting, in late autumn.

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The BC government has announced it will spend $21 million to restore essential services to fire-ravaged Lytton, the next step in a long rebuilding process.

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The money would go towards restoring key infrastructure, including the village office, assessing the repair of water and sewer infrastructure, and restoring essential services such as fire protection – steps necessary to allow people to start returning safely, he said. the Ministry of Public Security. in a statement.

“Over the past year, the residents of Lytton have shown tremendous strength as the community has come together to recover from what was lost,” said Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth. “With new funding to help restore essential services and infrastructure, the Village of Lytton is taking another step forward on this challenging rebuilding journey,” he said.

The city was destroyed in a fire nearly a year ago after days of record heat.

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The fire destroyed about 90 percent of the village, leaving hundreds of houses and buildings razed to the ground.

The funds would also cover personnel for municipal operations related to the recovery, including communicating with residents, the Ministry of Public Security said.

The work would prepare Lytton for the next phase of reconstruction, including planning and permitting, expected to begin in the fall.

Earlier this year, debris removal and remediation work on all properties in Lytton was completed at a cost of $18.4 million. The province also provided $9.3 million to support village operations and early recovery.

The federal government also announced $77 million in funding to rebuild Lytton to make it more resilient to future fires. Of that total, $64 million will be used to help rebuild public buildings, $6 million has been set aside for residents to bring their homes to the same standards, while small and medium-sized businesses will receive $7.2 million to help them. to restart.

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