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Success Story: Fighting Flooding in Canada’s North

April 14, 2021

Success Story: Fighting Flooding in Canada’s North

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Different communities have different needs. And, in Canada’s North, the need to address the challenges of climate change could not be clearer.

Flooding brought on by climate-fueled extreme weather can impose extreme costs on small communities. Community leaders and their insurers are looking for ways to avoid disaster and make their communities safer and more resilient in the face of battering storms.

Standards can help.

Supporting efforts to create safer, more resilient communities is at the heart of CSA S503:20 – Community draining system planning design and maintenance in northern communities. This standard lays out the essentials for ensuring a community’s drainage systems are up to the task. By following this standard, communities can improve their ability to manage their existing drainage challenges, address existing deficiencies, and prepare for future weather events.

“We are currently tackling drainage planning in multiple communities across Nunavut. Drainage planning is of utmost importance for community climate change adaption in the North because it protects buildings and infrastructure by improving the stability of underground permafrost, thereby reducing the risk of soil sinking, and by reducing the costly impacts of intense floods during the annual spring melt and during summer storms.

Having this standard means we can be certain that projects carried out by different suppliers at different sites – often separated by great distances – will all meet a similar standard. That gives us greater peace of mind that we are doing everything we can to keep our communities as safe as we can from the threat of climate change.”

— William Patch (Manager, Community Planning, Government of Nunavut)

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