City of Burlington offering Flood Prevention Subsidy Program to help residents protect their homes

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Published July 14, 2021 at 2:16 pm

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The City of Burlington is offering 50 per cent subsidy on the cost of Home Flood Protection Assessments to help residents protect their homes.

According to the City, in 2014, roughly two months’ worth of rain fell during eight hours which affected 3,000 households and resulted in $90 million in insured damages.

As a result, the City of Burlington, Halton Region and Conservation Halton have since carried out studies and implemented changes in order to help the community adapt to climate changes.

If a flood does occur, the average cost to rebuild a flood-damaged basement is approximately $43,000, which is why the city is now offering help so that residents can learn how to protect their homes.

Currently, due to COVID-19, only remote assessments are being offered. To complete the assesment, residents will be required to take photos of required features in their basements and around their property.

An hour-long teleconference will then be scheduled between the property owner and the assessor to review the photos and complete the assessment.

The City of Burlington’s Flood Prevention Subsidy Program covers the cost of a building permit for the installation of a backwater valve, the installation of a sump pump and the repair/replacement of a sanitary line with the installation of a backwater value.

This program is currently in effect until Dec. 31, 2021.

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