Cities Adapt to Extreme Rainfall: Celebrating Local Leadership

2014 – Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Local governments are confronting one of the most important issues of our time – the alarming recent increase in damage to homes from extreme rainfall. Communities large and small across Canada are now taking action to reduce the risk of basement flooding and damage to property from sewer backup. This book describes 20 of the many successful local projects underway in communities that are adapting to better address the risks associated with extreme rainfall.

This book recognizes and acknowledges local leadership in addressing the risk of basement flooding. Mini case studies showcase successful local actions that can and should be used by communities across the country to confront the dual challenge of waste and stormwater management. The local policy decisions presented in this report are scientifically sound and provide a sustainable foundation for long-term success.

Keywords: CanadaStorm water

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