Residential basement flooding is on the rise across Canada, due in large part to more frequent and extreme rainfall events. In response, the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo developed the Home Flood Protection Program (HFPP) to help Canadians protect their homes from flooding.
The two primary goals of the HFPP are: (1) to limit pathways for water to enter a home (e.g., plastic covers over window wells), and (2) to minimize damage if flooding occurs (e.g., elevate electronics from basement floor).
This interim report profiles the fundamental components of the HFPP, and key findings to date regarding the most effective means to roll out flood protection to homeowners. Findings are based on the ongoing deployment of the HFPP as a pilot in the City of Burlington, Ontario, a community where over 3,000 homes were impacted by residential flooding in 2014. A full HFPP report will be released in 2018, upon completion of the Burlington pilot.