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Every year, flooding causes millions of dollars in property damage - what can be done to help mitigate this risk? A new report from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation has laid out guidelines to do just that.
Extreme weather events including floods are becoming more common. Every year, flooding causes millions of dollars in property damage. Approximately 1.7 million Canadian homes are at risk of riverine or overland flooding. And as our climate continues to change, the risk of flooding—and the costs associated with it—are expected to increase.
The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) at the University of Waterloo and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) have joined forces to develop a new compilation of national standards and guidelines for increasing Canada’s resilience to flooding.
Presented as a “one-stop-shop” for practical and cost-effective ways to alleviate the risk of future floods, the report’s key message is that Canadians already have the tools they need to protect lives and property from flooding. What has been lacking – until now – is a summary of practical actions that stakeholders in Canada can undertake to materially improve flood resilience in their homes, businesses and communities.
The report comes with a message of urgency.
Extreme weather caused by climate change is on the rise, and Canada "is not moving fast enough" to limit the risks to people, property and the economy, say Natalia Moudrak and Dr. Blair Feltmate, co-authors of Under One Umbrella: Practical Approaches for Reducing Flood Risks in Canada.
"Canadians have already developed practical, workable methods to increase resilience to flooding -- this report gathers them in one place, so people can start using them now," Moudrak said. "We don't have the luxury of time."
“Under One Umbrella is a toolbox of practical solutions that Canadians can put into action – today – to strengthen our resilience to floods,” said Chantal Guay, CEO of SCC. “This report is an excellent example of how, working together, SCC and the Intact Centre, supported by a dedicated group of flood professionals, are helping drive Canada’s health, well-being, and economic prosperity. Protecting what we have is especially important in these exceptionally challenging times.”
The report outlines the risks of not acting swiftly:
The publication highlights examples, from existing national standards and guidance, of actions to limit flood risks:
The Intact Centre is an applied research centre at the University of Waterloo. For additional information, visit: https://www.intactcentreclimateadaptation.ca/
Established in 1970 as a federal Crown corporation, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is Canada’s voice on standards and accreditation on the national and international stage. For more information visit www.scc-ccn.ca
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