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Blair Feltmate, of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, calls for “Chief Resiliency Officer” roles in cities across Canada

By December 3, 2021No Comments

Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, gave an interview with CTV News on flood water management and the centre’s recent studies.

The twin studies (2015 and 2020) assessed the flood preparedness of the largest 16 cities in Canada. Unfortunately, the average score of C+ remained consistent over the five years between the studies. One of the most notable weaknesses highlighted by the 2020 study is that the average city’s flood risk maps are 20-25 years out of date.

Based on the 2020 results, the three best prepared cities are currently Edmonton, Regina and Toronto – investment in infrastructure protection and home owner outreach boosted their scores.

Feltmate urged mid to large sized cities to create a Chief Resiliency Officer position – a centralized role in charge of extreme weather risk.