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On Monday, the B.C. government has launched an independent review of this year’s unprecedented spring flooding and wildfire seasons. “Wildfires and flooding this year devastated many areas of our province, displacing tens of thousands of people,” said Premier John Horgan. “While we work hard to help the people and communities…

December 06, 2017 @ 10:53am

A group of local organizations have come together to develop the first ever "smart" stormwater technology pilot focused on reducing the risk of basement flooding during extreme weather events. The stormwater technology pilot is a partnership project which includes the Environment Network, Greenland Engineering Consultants, Huronia Security and Monitoring, The Town of…

November 16, 2017 @ 8:30am

Ville de Gatineau has received a positive response from Quebec's ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMOT) to its request for a collective waiver. That waiver is for the reconstruction of flood affected homes considered total losses owing to the spring flooding in May 2017. During the spring floods,…

November 14, 2017 @ 10:10am

Higher-than-normal freshet flows in spring 2017 caused changes to Mission Creek in Kelowna, B.C. that require repair and refinement of the floodplain and fish habitat restoration work completed in 2016. [caption id="attachment_5000042787" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Mission Creek 2017 Flood. Image Credit: Jan Vozenilek.[/caption] The Mission Creek Greenway dike on the south side of…

November 10, 2017 @ 10:32am

Newfoundland and Labrador has released the report from an independent assessment of the flooding event that occurred at the Mud Lake community on May 17th, 2017. Shortly after the event, Dr. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt was engaged as an Independent Expert Technical Advisor (IETA) to determine the reasons for the flooding event,…

October 03, 2017 @ 10:22am

A recent study conducted by researchers at the Global Institute for Water Security has analyzed river ice models to develop a better understanding of modelling mechanics and, consequently, how to manage river ice. The study, Improved Understanding of River Ice Processes Using Global Sensitivity Analysis Approaches, used a new framework,…

October 02, 2017 @ 11:06am

The Town of Minto, Ontario, population 8,300, experienced a significant rainfall event during the early morning hours of June 23, 2017. The rainfall resulted in widespread flooding throughout the Town of Harriston. A declaration of an emergency was made by Mayor Bridge at 10:04 hours on June 23 which lasted…

September 15, 2017 @ 12:42pm

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has reported that spring 2017 storm and flooding events in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec resulted in more than $223 million in insured damage, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). "Climate change is causing severe weather events, especially storms involving floods, to happen more frequently and with greater intensity. While the…

September 05, 2017 @ 10:39am

The Government of British Columbia has announced a Level 4 drought rating for the Coldwater River watershed and a Level 3 drought rating for the Salmon River watershed. The province is urging all water users, including residents, industry, farmers, and municipalities, to reduce water consumption as much as possible. The…

August 24, 2017 @ 10:29am

CatIQ and Aon Impact Forecasting have entered into an agreement whereby Aon Impact Forecasting’s Canadian flood footprints will be made available as a layer on CatIQ’s CatHUB module for the benefit of CatIQ’s users effective immediately. “Aon Impact Forecasting’s Canadian flood footprints for events which hit Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia…

August 14, 2017 @ 10:07am

The Government of Alberta has begun implementing the advice from a report that identifies ways to improve flood resilience in Calgary and better manage water throughout the Bow River basin. The Bow River Water Management Project report, produced by the Bow River Working Group, represents a first step in building…

August 14, 2017 @ 9:48am

In May, flooding of the Churchill River at Mud Lake, Newfoundland & Labrador, caused the community to evacuate the area and extensive damage to property. The province has announced the appointment of a representative who will investigate the cause of the flooding, with many residents pointing to the Muskrat Falls…

July 17, 2017 @ 11:45am

Yesterday, the City of Toronto released an updated report on the flooding of Toronto Island, which indicates that water levels around the island are still about 30 centimetres above the pre-flood conditions of early April and not expected to significantly subside until later in the summer. "The high lake levels…

July 11, 2017 @ 10:46am

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction reports that better coordination and enforcement of municipal efforts to curb private lot flood risk is needed. The report, released in May, found that to better manage inflow and infiltration (I&I) of private residences, municipalities should empower coordination and enforcement measures. “Mandatory measures,” wrote authors…

June 14, 2017 @ 1:14pm

The City of Edmonton has announced forward motion on its flood mitigation strategy, which will focus on flood risk, potential costs, and schedules outlined for residential areas and underpasses As the next step in the city’s examination of upgrades to drainage infrastructure, staff will outline flood mitigation options in two…

June 05, 2017 @ 4:43pm

London, Ontario, will make a major investment in stormwater and wastewater infrastructure to help basements stay dry and reduce the amount of effluent entering the Thames River. The Government of Canada announced more than $18 million and the Government of Ontario announced more than $9 million for investment in London…

May 25, 2017 @ 10:25am

British Columbia has announced that Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the central region who may have been impacted from the flooding that began on May 4th, 2017. DFA is available to home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations, and local…

May 08, 2017 @ 1:03pm

The City of Markham, Ontario, has urged the insurance industry to consider city flood control measures when setting home insurance rates. Over the past three years, home insurance costs have increased across Canada, and in Markham, by approximately 15 to 20 per cent. During that time, the city has that…

April 28, 2017 @ 9:46am

Alberta and the province of Guangdong in southern China have signed a landmark agreement to strengthen ties and facilitate trade between the two jurisdictions as Guangdong works to become one of China’s top performers in improving water quality. Premier Rachel Notley signed the agreement on behalf of the Government of…

April 25, 2017 @ 9:17am

Manitoba released its 2017 budget, yesterday, which includes $60 million for water infrastructure and $15 million for maintenance and preservation of water related assets. The budget also outlined the province’s intention to develop a tailored climate and environmental framework based on principles of sustainable development. “It will offer approaches to…

April 12, 2017 @ 12:35pm

On Wednesday, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, announced its partnership with 100 Resilient Cities and with representatives from 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation – formally named its first chief resilience officer, Katie McPherson. Through the support of 100RC, McPherson will lead the development of the…

April 06, 2017 @ 11:16am

The Province of Manitoba released its March flood outlook on the 24th, which stated that levels of spring flooding continue to be dependent on future weather conditions. However, the outlook also suggested that the risk of overland flooding is slightly reduced since the February outlook, though it remains moderate to…

March 29, 2017 @ 7:36am

The Alberta government announced on World Water Day that it will invest nearly $12 million in multi-year grants for watershed planning and advisory councils, including the Alberta Water Council. Each year for the next three years, Alberta will distribute $3.2 million per year among 11 watershed councils for them to…

March 23, 2017 @ 8:35am

In Canada, overland flooding costs the Canadian economy more than any other kind of natural hazard. It is the single largest draw on the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). In an effort to improve Canada's resiliency to flooding, the federal government has released the first of a series of guidelines…

March 07, 2017 @ 2:50pm

The International Joint Commission (IJC) today announced that it has appointed a bi-national study board to undertake the work outlined in Option B of the 2013 Plan of Study to more fully explore the causes, impacts, risks, and solutions to flooding in the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin. The Study Board’s research will…

February 22, 2017 @ 7:57am

The latest survey of snowpack in British Columbia shows that there has been below-average accumulation in the province’s watersheds, reports the River Forecast Centre (RFC). Snowpack was 79 per cent of what is expected for February 1st, according to the latest Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin from the RFC.…

February 09, 2017 @ 12:34pm

Manitoba has released its 2017 January Conditions Report, which indicates that normal to well-above normal soil moisture and winter precipitation to date, combined with future unfavourable weather conditions, will result in the risk of moderate to major overland flooding across the province. The province’s Infrastructure Minister, Blaine Pedersen, announced: “We…

January 30, 2017 @ 11:33am

A report from the CBC has brought to a light a poll conducted on behalf of Public Safety Canada in summer 2016, which found that 40 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement: “The government will take care of me and my home if there’s major overland flooding.” The…

January 25, 2017 @ 9:36am

Power outages, groundwater contamination, and telecommunications disruptions are the top three climate-change hazards identified by New Brunswick municipalities in a Community Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCCVA) released today by WWF-Canada. For the first time, communities in the St. John River watershed have come together to determine their vulnerabilities to climate change.…

January 19, 2017 @ 10:03am

From the wildfires that swept through Fort McMurray in May to the floods that devastated parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland over Thanksgiving weekend, severe weather had a huge impact on Canadians in 2016. According to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification (CatIQ), insured damage for 2016 topped $4.9 billion—smashing the previous…

January 09, 2017 @ 8:22am

The Alberta government has announced an additional $31 million in funding for the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) and $14 million for the Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP). The flood and drought resiliency grant programs proved to have high demand. To date, more than $100 million has been invested…

December 19, 2016 @ 8:16am

On November 9th, Edmonton announced a $107,081,000 stormwater management project and, on the same day, released a preliminary study on flood mitigation throughout the city. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, announced the stormwater management project in the city. Funding will be contributed…

November 10, 2016 @ 9:13am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Thursday its first-ever reinsurance agreement under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The agreement will allow the NFIP to share flood risk with private reinsurance companies to help defray the cost of claims from large and unexpected insured events, such as large hurricanes,…

September 23, 2016 @ 11:32am

July 19 and 20, 2016 mark the 20th anniversary of the devastating flood that left $300 million worth of damage in Quebec, known as Déluge du Saguenay. When the flood event began, it rained everyday in Quebec's Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region for two weeks. Rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and soils became engorged with water.…

July 20, 2016 @ 1:37pm

New studies out today show there’s a growing risk of a large-magnitude flood in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, and that if a major Fraser River or coastal flood were to occur between now and 2100, it would trigger losses estimated at $20 to 30 billion—and become the most costly natural…

June 13, 2016 @ 1:44pm

At a meeting hosted by the Economic Club of Canada in Calgary this week, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) told the audience that Canada needs a national flood program. "Extreme weather events driven by climate change have increased in frequency and severity," said Don Forgeron, president and CEO, IBC. "Storms…

November 27, 2015 @ 9:13am

The Alberta government has announced a funding commitment for new flood protection measures along the Bow and Elbow Rivers. The measures are intended to protect Calgarians and upstream communities from the type of severe flooding that occurred in June 2013. The province has committed $297 million as well as $150…

November 02, 2015 @ 7:02am

The Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) and Water for Life have announced the recipients of grants to support drinking water and wastewater projects across the province. Over $24 million has been provided by the Alberta government to ensure that Albertans living from northeast to southwest will have access to safe…

September 24, 2015 @ 11:39am

Alberta is taking steps to better prepare communities for potential drought and severe floods, such as the heavy rainfall that devastated Calgary and other parts of Alberta in 2013. The province has launched a new grant program to assist municipalities in protecting residents, property, and infrastructure in the event of…

June 11, 2014 @ 2:06pm

The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is investing nearly $200,000 in a research project aimed at addressing the disproportionate burden First Nations communities in Canada face in terms of unsafe drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, as well as drought and flood risks. The research will investigate methods of integrating western…

May 12, 2014 @ 7:53am

[caption id="attachment_8785" align="alignright" width="372" caption="Photo: Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs"][/caption] With floods expected to worsen with the spring thaw, the Canadian Red Cross is ready to ramp up its response for families who have been evacuated in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. "The Canadian Red Cross is a leader in disaster response…

April 28, 2011 @ 10:18am

[caption id="attachment_8685" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan's Minister of Environment."][/caption] Uptake for the Emergency Flood Damage Reduction Program has been very strong, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Watershed Authority Dustin Duncan announced last week. Since the program was announced on February 22, there have been more than 500 requests for assistance…

April 11, 2011 @ 9:08am

The Manitoba government has set aside a total of $740,000 to conduct feasibility studies for future permanent, community flood-protection dikes in 11 municipalities for consideration, Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick announced yesterday. “The value of community ring dikes in the Red River Valley has been proven several times and these…

April 08, 2011 @ 3:22pm

Manitoba will invest $22 million in equipment and technology to improve flood-fighting capacity and preparedness as it faces the potential for widespread spring flooding, Premier Greg Selinger announced today. About $21 million of the funding will go towards acquiring resources and equipment as required to further support the level of…

January 24, 2011 @ 3:01pm

[caption id="attachment_7841" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The screen capture shows an area near the Village of Gagetown in lower Saint John River Valley."][/caption] A new wetland predictive tool will soon be part of the GeoNB Map Viewer, New Brunswick's free internet-based application for viewing maps and aerial photos of the province. Available…

January 14, 2011 @ 11:10am

The federal government will cost share eligible territorial expenditures incurred by Nunavut through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements for flood damage caused by snowmelt and heavy rains in June 2008. Over a twelve-hour period on June 8 and 9, 2008, accelerated snowmelt and heavy rains caused flooding in the community…

July 09, 2009 @ 11:17am

[caption id="attachment_1375" align="alignleft" width="589" caption="Red River of the North Main Stem, Grand Forks, North Dakota, looking toward Downtown area. Taken from a helicopter during the 1997 Red River Flood, after a levee overtopped and Grand Forks was evacuated. The major flood along the Red River of the North in North…

March 24, 2009 @ 11:57am

[caption id="attachment_1312" align="alignleft" width="360" caption=" From left: Mac Dunfield, senior Atlantic director, Ducks Unlimited Canada; Natural Resources Minister Wally Stiles; and Graham."][/caption] The New Brunswick government will contribute $1.5 million to a new fund dedicated to maintaining the province's wetlands, Premier Shawn Graham announced yesterday. The Wetlands Sustainability Fund will enable…

March 13, 2009 @ 7:08am

Flooding in the GTA leads to overflows at the banks of the Humber River as snow melts and warnings from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. At the same time, last night's flood at Toronto’s Union Station led to escalator waterfalls and evacuation. Lucky for commuters like yours truly, the…

February 12, 2009 @ 11:30am