Extremely severe rainstorm events can overwhelm municipal infrastructure and lead to flooding. More often than not, basement flooding is a result of overland flooding, infiltration flooding or sewer backup, or a combination of two or all three of these types of flooding.

Protect Your Home from Basement Flooding

Along with damaging property, basement flooding can cause long-term health impacts to you and your family. The following provides info on key areas that may require attention in order to reduce the risk of basement flooding to your home.

Evidence that our climate is changing is now “unequivocal” according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s leading forum for assessing and communicating current knowledge about climate change.

Cities Adapt to Extreme Rainfall

In this book, we provide 20 case studies of local leadership across Canada to address the growing challenges.

Cities Adapt to Extreme Rainfall (Click to Download PDF)

ICLR’s mandate is to confront the alarming increase in disaster losses caused by natural disasters and to work to reduce disaster deaths, injuries and property damage. Disaster damage has been doubling every five to seven years since the 1960s, an alarming trend.

Protect Your Home from Basement Flooding

The purpose of this booklet is to outline steps that you can take to protect your home from basement Flooding. Some of these measures are simple and free; others cost money. All contribute to reducing the risk of basement Flooding.

 

Protect Your Home from Basement Flooding (PDF Download)

Flood Hazard Research Papers

Assessing Local Mandatory Measures to Reduce Flood Fisk and Inflow & Infiltration in Existing Homes

Flood/Drought papers
Assessing local mandatory measures to reduce flood risk and Inflow & Infiltration in existing homes
By Joanna Kyriaziz, Laura Zizzo and Dan Sandink
May 2017

Best Practices Guide: Management of Inflow & Infiltration in New Urban Developments

Best practices guide
Management of inflow and infiltration in new urban developments
By Ted Kesik
February 2015

Best practices for reducing the risk of future damage to homes from riverine and urban flooding

Best practices for reducing the risk of future damage to homes from riverine and urban flooding
A report on recovery and rebuilding in southern Alberta
By Paul Kovacs and Dan Sandink
September 2013

Urban Flooding in Canada

Urban flooding in Canada
Lot-side risk reduction through voluntary retrofit programs, code interpretation and by-laws
Dan Sandink
February 2013

Involving Homeowners in Urban Flood Risk Reduction

Involving Homeowners in Urban Flood Risk Reduction
A Case Study of the Sherwood Forest Neighbourhood, London, Ontario
Dan Sandink
May 2011

Rendre les inondations assurables pour les propriétaires canadiens

Rendre les inondations assurables pour les propriétaires canadiens
Dan Sandink, Paul Kovacs, Greg Oulahen and Glenn McGillivray
Novembre 2010

Making Flood Insurable for Canadian Homeowners

Making flood insurable for Canadian homeowners
Dan Sandink, Paul Kovacs, Greg Oulahen and Glenn McGillivray
November 2010

Handbook for reducing Basement flooding

Handbook for reducing basement flooding
Dan Sandink
June 2009

Sewer Backup

Sewer Backup: Homeowner perception and mitigative behaviour in Edmonton and Toronto [PDF]
By Dan Sandink
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
November 2007
ICLR research paper series – number 44

An Assessment of Flood Risk Management in Canada

An Assessment of Flood Risk Management in Canada
Dan Shrubsole
Greg Brooks
Robert Halliday
Emdad Haque
Ashij Kumar
Jacinthe Lacroix
Harun Rasid
Jean Rousselle
Slobodan P. Simonovic
January 2003
ICLR Research Paper Series – No. 28

A Spatial Fuzzy Compromise Programming

A spatial fuzzy compromise programming for management of natural disasters
Slobodan S. Simonovic
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
December 2002
ICLR Research Paper Series – No. 24

Adjusting to Policy and Fiscal Change: The Case of Land Use Planning in London, Ontario

Adjusting to Policy and Fiscal Change: The Case of Land Use Planning in London, Ontario
Bridget Schulte-Hostedde and Dan Shrubsole
October 2002
ICLR Research
Paper Series – No. 22

Role of Remote Sensing in Disaster Management

Role of Remote Sensing in Disaster Management
Nirupama, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow
Slobodan P. Simonovic, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor and Research Chair
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
The University of Western Ontario
September 2002
ICLR Research Paper Series – No. 21

L’état de préparation des intervenants en l’an 2000

L’état de préparation des intervenants en l’an 2000 Face à des pluies diluviennes comme celles
du 14 Juillet 1987
(Montreal’s preparedness for flood)
Julie Boissonneau
Communauté Urbaine de Montréal
Novembre 2000
Série de documents de recherche Numéro 10

Flood Management in Canada at theCrossroads

Flood Management in Canada at the Crossroads
Dr. Dan Shrubsole, PhD.
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
Faculty of Social Science
University of Western Ontario
ICLR, Toronto, 2000
ICLR Research Paper Series – No. 5
May 2000

The IIBHS offers a variety of tools in its Open for Business™ program for small business owners. This program not only reduces potential disaster loses but also assists businesses to reopen quickly should disaster strike.

You may also request a FREE Open…for Business™ package – consisting of a pamphlet, disaster planning folder and guide – by writing to info@iclr.org or calling (416) 364-8677.

Open for Business™ Guide (PDF)

The Open for Business™ Guide contains important steps for business owners to take when reporting losses, assessing damages and returning to business.

Open for Business Guide