Adapting to frequent floods

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Water Institute member Blair Feltmate, professor in Waterloo's School of Environment, Enterprise and Development and the head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, spoke with Vassy Kapelos on CBC’s Power & Politics about flood risk.

“The problems pertaining to flooding are going to get more challenging going forward, and we need to prepare very rapidly to take risk out of the system, relative to future flood events.  We need to speed up the degree to which we deploy adaptation, to deal with these extreme weather events.” said Feltmate.

When large volumes of precipitation come down over short periods of time, which is happening increasingly due to climate change, we have to look at how can we prepare Canadians to not end up with all that water, in the basement of their homes. The number one cost to Canada by far due to climate change and extreme weather risk is flooding, and specifically flooding basements. 

Interview snapshot There is a lot that can be done to take a tremendous amount of risk out of the system. How we use berms, diversion channels, holding ponds, cisterns, bioswales, deployed strategically within communities to direct water to safe locations when the heavy waters come. Water can be held safely in those locations and then allowed to discharge downstream slowly afterwards. We can divert water to safe locations, to a much greater degree than we are currently doing.

Watch the full interview from the CBC Network.

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