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B.C. tragedy drives the home demand for flood-resistant infrastructure over Canada

Key takeaways: 

  • Buildings, roadways and rail lines are unsafe to the impacts of severe climate results.
  • Increasing floodwater girdle the home and closed Highway 1 in Abbotsford, B.C. Experts state changes to infrastructure are needed to stave off the destructive effects of severe climate. 

Infrastructure changes as floodwaters increase in Abbotsford BC: 

More than two years after a collapsed dike directed to flooding in his tiny Quebec area, Joel Godmer recollects the surreal scene of his home half-submerged in water. 

“I was shaking,” he stated in a current interview. “I was in shock for sure.” Source – cbc.ca

Godmer’s house in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., west of Montreal, was one of several destroyed by flooding in April 2019.

It has considered been restored and the nearby dike repaired, one-and-a-half metres higher than earlier. But this month’s flooding accident in British Columbia brought back wrong thoughts, he stated.

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“It’s a big warning for everyone,” Godmer stated.  Source – cbc.ca

Time to improve infrastructure

Climate experts state a main overhaul of infrastructure in areas over Canada is required to make houses, buildings, roads and rail lines more flexible to severe climate issues, as weather change makes those results more apparent.

“Infrastructure decisions in Canada are not accounting for a changing climate,” stated Ryan Ness, research director for adaptation at the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices.  Source – cbc.ca

An engineer, Ness is the first author of a current report that determined if there are no notable investments now to create infrastructure more flexible, Canada could see $13 billion in flooding destruction annually by the close of the century.

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