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Basement Flooding is on the Rise
Basement flooding is stressful, destructive, and unfortunately, over the past decade, it has become increasingly common for Canadian homeowners. Extreme weather, aging municipal infrastructure, and lack of preventative maintenance at the household level have resulted in an average price tag of $40,000 to restore a flooded basement in the Greater Toronto Area (Insurance Bureau of Canada, 2017).
A homeowner’s best defense is to understand flood risks and take preventative action before the next big storm hits.
What is the Home Flood Protection Program?
The Home Flood Protection Program is a flood risk reduction education program developed by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo to help homeowners reduce their risk of basement flooding and minimize damage if flooding occurs. The program provides free online self-help resources and a custom, fee-for-service flood-risk evaluation, known as the ‘Home Flood Protection Assessment.’