News archive - 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018

Property-level flood defences and how they work

Small-scale dam on driveway

There are numerous defences available to prepare your home for floods. Solutions employed both inside or outside your house can be extremely useful in a flooding event and can greatly reduce the stress involved in managing flood risks and damages. These flood defences are often listed on municipal websites or in articles that cover flooding. As a homeowner, it may be useful or interesting to learn about their functions a bit more and how they work.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Spotlight Story: Dufferin County

dufferin county logo

Located in Central Ontario, Dufferin County has experienced heavy pluvial flooding in recent years that led to local evacuations and washed out roads. To counter these flood risks, Dufferin County has established partnerships and reached out to the public to increase the community’s resilience to flooding.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Flooding in a Coastal Setting

Lighthouse on coast

As Canada’s coasts face a changing climate, coastal communities are tasked with dealing with the unique challenges of storm surges, erosion, and the ensuing floods. Flooding in these regions affects coastal resources that are used by communities and support local economies.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

International Spotlight Story: Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

flooded street

The County of Gloucestershire is located along the River Severn in the South West of England. The county faced immense flooding in 2007 caused by serious rainfall. The ensuing damages reportedly cost £50 million. Since then, Gloucestershire has responded diligently and has developed multiple platforms to inform community members of their flood risk and available solutions.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Spotlight Story: Oakville, Ontario

Oakville Harbour

Situated along the shores of Lake Ontario, the Town of Oakville is taking strides to adapt to challenging floods while increasing community involvement. With several creek systems scattered across Oakville, many residential areas could be at risk of overland flooding. Back in 2008 Oakville completed a Flood Prioritization Study that identified at-risk areas.

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