Burlington flood: Cities face new breed of storms, climatologist says

The heavy rain over Burlington, Ont., on Aug. 4 was an isolated event, but climate change seems to be accompanied by more extreme storms that overwhelm infrastructure and cause flooding.

The heavy rain over Burlington, Ont., on Aug. 4 was an isolated event, but climate change seems to be accompanied by more extreme storms that overwhelm infrastructure and cause flooding.

Canadians are facing a ‘new breed’ of storms, and governments should change the way they plan for the kind of wild weather that caused a flash flood in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

And not only in Canada. All around the world, infrastructure is aging and breaking down. We need to take into consideration the new climate and look for innovations like green roofs, porous pavements and storm management solutions like the various and complementary water solutions at BetterWorldSolutions. 

‘It’s like these are bulls-eyes.’—Dave Phillips, senior climatologist, Environment Canada, about intense local storms. “These [once in] 50-year floods are occurring every 10 years, because our climate has changed,” he said.

 

CBC meteorologist Shelly James said that Monday’s flash flood (August, 4 2014) was an extremely isolated event, with 190 mm of rain in Burlington. Dan McKinnon, the City of Hamilton’s director of water and watershed operations, said his department is well aware of the change in weather, but the challenge is how to deal with it.

More floods in urban area in 2014

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