Strengthening Montréal’s flood resilience through better water management
Now more than ever, communities need help adapting to the frequent and intensifying weather events caused by climate change. Reducing the impact of natural disasters such as flooding is critical to keeping Canadian families safe, protecting local businesses and supporting a strong economy.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal, announced funding for two projects to increase the storm water and wastewater management capacity of Montréal’s municipal structures.
Floods are becoming a serious problem for the city because of its geographic location and climate change. This is putting extreme pressure on sewers and water retention facilities, especially during spring thaws when large volumes of storm water create a higher risk of ruptures that can lead to contaminated…
Natural Disasters Cost $90.9 Billion In Losses in 2018
In 2018, the U.S. experienced 14 billion-dollar-plus natural disasters, which caused approximately $90.9 billion in losses, the fourth-highest cost since 1980, according to the U.S. Household Disaster Giving in 2017 and 2018 report.
The total damage from Hurricane Michael was estimated at $25 billion. Hurricane Florence was estimated at $24 billion in damage. The wildfires in California were estimated to have at least $12.4 billion in insured losses alone; total damage is still not clear.
Overview of household charitable giving and volunteering for disaster aid efforts in 2017 and 2018:…