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Upcoming ICLR workshop to look at floodplain mapping assessment, urban flood risk in Canada


October 3, 2014   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction will be holding a seminar on floodplain mapping and urban overland flood risk assessment.

Part of its ongoing Friday Forum series, the National Riverine Floodplain Mapping Framework and Advancements in Urban Overland Flood Risk Assessment workshop will be held Oct. 10.

The presentation will focus on the National Floodplain Management Framework including the proposed mapping standards, anticipated implementation steps, and the scope and intent of the flood risk database.

The National Floodplain Mapping Assessment includes three parts: a review of international practices, the state of flood hazard mapping across Canada including the cost of updating the and mapping to proposed standards, and a framework that established state-of-the-art standards for both the update of flood hazard mapping and the development of national flood risk data base.

The second half of the presentation will focus on recent advancements in effectively defining urban overland flood risk. Urban overland flooding is caused by intense rainfall events in areas where there is insufficient storm sewer system capacity and poorly defined overland flow routes.

Currently, across Canada urban areas prone to urban flooding are not generally defined, ICLR notes. Moreover, in cases that are known to be flood prone the risk is rarely quantified, so by better defining areas at risk, municipalities can focus efforts in effective urban overland flood mitigation, according to ICLR.

The presentation will feature Tim Mereu, vice president of MMM Group, with responsibility for Water Resources and Environmental Services, who was also the project manager for the National Floodplain Management Framework.

He has thirty years of consulting experience with a focus on water resources, including flood risk management, policy and standards development, master planning, channel restoration, and storm water management.

The workshop will be held at ICLR’s Toronto office at 20 Richmond Street East, Suite 210 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The event will also be available to attend via WebEx at https://iclr.webex.com/iclr/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=294750079

Password: urban

Conference Call numbers: Local – 416-343-2657 or Toll free – 1-866-440-8938

Conference ID: 1712397#

RSVP: Tracy Waddington (twaddington@iclr.org)


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