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Canadian Underwriter, April 21, 2021: Insurers seek federal grants for homeowners to improve basement flood protection

The Intact Centre, a think tank at the University of Waterloo, recommends several measures to reduce basement flood risk. In addition to backwater valves, the Intact Centre recommends that homeowners ensure the downspout from the roof extends at least six feet away from the foundation. Also, if the home has a sump pump, the homeowner should make sure the sump pump is actually working and that it has a backup power source.

Flooded houseWater Canada, April 19, 2021: Calling on “Team Canada” to Prepare for Spring Flooding

Spring flood season starts in February and runs into July. And this year, the coronavirus presents another challenge: flood aid for impacted communities could be delayed or limited by physical distancing, stay-at-home orders, and a shortage of emergency response and evacuation capacity.

In late 2020, the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation published a report, Under One Umbrella: Practical Approaches for Reducing Flood Risks in Canada, that summarized the available guidance, serving as a “toolkit” of practical actions that can be executed immediately.

Curiouscast, April 14, 2021: Ottawa says it will help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient, but what about protecting them from climate change?

Dr. Blair Feltmate appeared at Shaye Ganam’s radio podcast segment and discussed the recent home retrofit program announced by the federal government with the goal to incentivize homeowners to make their home more energy efficient. Dr. Feltmate shared his professional opinions, concerns on the program and its connection to climate change adaptation.

CBC, April 2, 2021: Fredericton leads Maritimes in flood preparedness, but it could do much better

In a national report on climate change and flood preparedness, led by the University of Waterloo’s Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Fredericton scored a B-.

“The city has done quite a good job on looking at how its rivers and streams and creeks overflowed, where the water would go during major storms,” said Dr. Blair Feltmate, the head of the Intact Centre.

Toronto City News, March 19, 2021: A couple hours of housework could save you thousands in flood damage

“If people are hit with just one flood, very often they think ‘this is just a one off, this is an anomaly. You know, there’s my one in 100 year flood.’ But when they get hit with two major floods within a short period of time and they’ve never seen any, you know, in a particular area, all of a sudden they’ll go ‘maybe something really is different,’” Dr. Blair Feltmate said.

Dr. Feltmate also shared some practical and cost-effective tips to help homeowners and residents reduce flood damage.

Last Updated: April 23, 2021 @12:20PM

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