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Recreational trails run along the tops of many of the dykes, and Richmond also supports about 1,400 acres (5.7 km Because of the high water table, very few houses in Richmond have basements and until the late 1980s, very few buildings were above 3 storeys high.
Also, because of proximity to the airport, current building regulations limit the height of buildings to 150 feet (46 m). Because it is not as close to the mountains, it actually receives 30% less rain than neighbouring Vancouver.
Cranberries and blueberries are the dominant crops grown.Both Steveston and Burkeville were independent villages until they were annexed by Richmond.Since all of Richmond occupies islands in a river delta, the city has plenty of rich, alluvial soil for agriculture, and was one of the first areas in British Columbia to be farmed by Europeans in the 19th century.There is a possibility that, during an earthquake, the dykes could rupture and the alluvial soil may liquefy, causing extensive damage.Richmond is also at risk of a major flood if the Fraser River has an unusually high spring freshet.