33 Results for flooding

Research from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation has calculated the lost time from work and the mental health impacts resulting from basement flooding. Of all extreme weather events in Canada, flooding is currently the costliest, causing millions of dollars in property damage. The research conducted by the Intact Centre on…

June 12, 2018 @ 9:48am

British Columbia has implemented a flood mitigation activity, commissioning work at five locations west of Chetwynd, replacing culverts with bridges in order to permit safe travel along Highway 97, particularly in the event of heavy rain and flooding. The ministry is investing $26.8 million on this flood mitigation strategy. These…

June 06, 2018 @ 9:42am

Ferrero Canada Ltd. has announced a donation of $100,000 to the City of Brantford to help restore the city’s waterfront trails that were damaged during the February ice-jam flood. On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, the City of Brantford declared a state of emergency in response to the flood event that remained in effect…

June 04, 2018 @ 11:03am

The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for District of Kootenay Boundary, British Columbia has issued evacuation orders to 1390 addresses, nearly 2800 residents, as of May 10th amid historic flooding. Floodwaters in the areas have exceeded the recorded high levels set in 1948. Forecasts show the Granby River may be at…

May 11, 2018 @ 3:03pm

Water levels in the St. John River have been falling over the last three days according to recent data from New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO) as part of its River Watch 2018 program, leaving the province to deal with the flood's aftermath. “A great number of New Brunswickers have…

May 10, 2018 @ 11:13am

Today, the City of Toronto announced the beginning of its construction season with over $350 million in spending on water projects through 2018. Councillor Jaye Robinson, chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, announced the beginning of the season with more than 200 projects, including 60 major projects,…

May 09, 2018 @ 12:11pm

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NBEMO), has continued to issue warnings and information as flooding persists throughout the province, amid growing sanitation concerns due to overwhelmed wastewater infrastructure. NBEMO stated in their most recent River Watch 2018 dispatch that “Water will remain at historically high levels in the southern…

May 08, 2018 @ 10:21am

Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre has released its February flood outlook, which found that the threat of widespread major spring flooding is low in most areas of the province. “The combination of drier soil conditions in the fall and below-average winter precipitation means there is currently a low risk of…

February 26, 2018 @ 10:44am

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging residents affected by flooding in Atlantic Canada to call their insurance representatives immediately if they have damage to report. "We have seen the devastating effects that flooding can have on communities across our region," said Tom O'Handley, manager, government relations, Atlantic, IBC. "Warming temperatures and melting snow are…

January 17, 2018 @ 9:18am

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) is now accepting applications to its 2018 Water Conservation and Quality Improvement (WCQI) Grant Program. This is the 13th year for the program, providing $300,000 to water projects in the Okanagan. The grants are distributed according to the percentage of tax each region pays…

November 15, 2017 @ 11:32am

Canada and Quebec have invested in a project to improve the safety of public infrastructure in Lac-Saguay Français by refitting a flood control dam. David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle, and Yves St-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, announced that the governments will each invest close to $60,000 for upgrading…

November 13, 2017 @ 10:08am

Vancouver has over 45,000 catch basins removing excess water from streets during rainfall events. Acknowledging that the city can only do so much to remove leaves, debris, and litter from storm drains and catch basins, the city has adopted an Adopt a Catch Basin program to engage citizens and children to help rainwater drain properly.…

October 24, 2017 @ 4:57pm

New research from the University of Waterloo, funded by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and conducted by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, identifies 20 best practices to design and build new residential communities that are more flood resilient. The best practices were published in the report titled, Preventing…

September 26, 2017 @ 1:16pm

A study released this month by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo examined the financial impacts of wetlands on rural and urban flooding. “With the flooding events in recent history, it has become clear that that the human and financial costs of these events are…

July 17, 2017 @ 11:07am

The Town of High River received an Award of Merit on June 19 at the annual Building Resilience Conference in Calgary for the 2015 High River Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), which instituted flood mitigation infrastructure throughout the downtown. Since the Alberta floods, High River has constructed pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, naturalized…

June 21, 2017 @ 11:26am

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

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

Alert Labs Inc., designer of the Flowie water sensor and Floodie companion sensor, which help to protect homes from flood damage and to provide minute-by-minute water use information, has announced an investment by Intact Ventures, the strategic venture arm of Intact Financial Corporation, Canada’s largest provider of property and casualty…

April 24, 2017 @ 10:26am

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 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

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

The Alberta government has released a comprehensive report, titled Home Again: Recovery after the Wood Buffalo Wildfire, popularly known as the wildfire that struck Fort McMurray in May 2016. The report is broad ranging, but of central importance is the rebuilding of critical infrastructure, notably drinking water and wastewater facilities.…

November 04, 2016 @ 12:15pm

A new report from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation out of the University of Waterloo finds all 10 provinces and Yukon are ill-prepared for flooding as a result of climate change. The report, Climate Change and the Preparedness of Canadian Provinces and Yukon to Limit Potential Flood Damage, surveyed 103 government representatives…

October 31, 2016 @ 11:15am

The Environmental Trust Fund is providing about $870,000 to support 26 environmental projects in the Moncton region, including watershed management, bloom research, and flood protection. “We are proud of the many innovative initiatives supported through the Environmental Trust Fund and we are particularly proud that so many young New Brunswickers…

August 23, 2016 @ 5:05am

The Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation has shown that the excessive rain in Saskatchewan has caused 49 per cent of crop loss between 2006-2015. Throughout that time, drought was responsible for 18 per cent of all crop losses. According to the Western Producer, Crop production losses for 2016 won’t be known…

July 19, 2016 @ 11:31am

Experts from the Canadian insurance industry and local municipalities gathered on Friday, November 20, 2015 at a forum hosted by Burlington mayor Rick Goldring to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with setting up an affordable residential overland flood insurance product in Ontario. The meeting brought together about 50 people,…

November 24, 2015 @ 3:07pm

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

Five Canadian cities will have portions of their asphalt roads ripped up and replaced with permeable brick and gravel this summer in an effort to curb the effects of flash flooding. The University of Waterloo, along with insurer Intact Financial Corporation, has announced a 20-project initiative to help communities weather…

June 06, 2014 @ 12:09pm

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

Two new provincial disaster recovery programs totaling $203.5-million will help citizens and municipalities in southern Alberta recover from recent flooding and severe weather. “These storms had a devastating impact on residents, businesses and municipalities and this funding will help them rebuild their homes, businesses and communities,” said Alberta Premier Ed…

July 08, 2010 @ 6:28am