Town Receives Support for Flood Mitigation Efforts

Posted on Wednesday July 10, 2019

The Town of Whitby’s efforts to protect the community from the risk of flooding, including that caused by climate change, will be better supported thanks to funding received through the federal National Disaster Mitigation Program.  

Funding received through the program will enable the Town to better identify potential risks and priority local infrastructure improvements related to local flood mitigation.

“It is essential to ensure we are prepared to address the serious challenges posed by climate change, including flooding,” said Mayor Don Mitchell. “This support from the National Disaster Mitigation Program will help us to continue to build our community’s flood resiliency.”

Through the funding, in partnership with the Central Lake Conservation Authority (CLOCA), the Town will undertake updates to its Master Drainage Plan and Floodplain Mapping for Corbett Creek. The updates will provide guidance to both the Town and the CLOCA in the continued management of the Corbett Creek watershed and stream corridors, in terms of flows, creek erosion, resources protection and development, with particular attention to climate change.

Additionally, the Town will conduct an urban flooding study to help increase its understanding of how the Town’s storm sewers will react to large storm events. Results of the study will help determine surface and basement flood risks while obtaining an inventory of flood-vulnerable areas that could benefit from retrofitting. Both projects are expected to be complete in March 2020. 

Earlier this spring, the Town initiated a Coastal Flood Risk Assessment and Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study to assess the risk of coastal flooding and erosion along the Lake Ontario shoreline from Lake Ridge Road to Boundary Road.

Town Council also recently acknowledged the significant threat climate change poses to both the current and future social, economic, and environmental well-being of the community by declaring climate change an emergency.

To learn more about how the Town is working to fight climate change, visit whitby.ca/sustainability.