Three years ago, fear of a flood was not on anyone’s mind in Burlington. After the thunderstorm of August 4, 2014, residents learned about water damage, the hard way.
The storm socked the city with two months of rain in a span of 8 hours, swelling creeks and rivers. Sections of the QEW and 407 were shut down and some motorists were left stranded on highways. Catch basins got clogged and overflowed and the infrastructure in the city could not keep up with the water flows. In fact, much of Burlington was underwater at the height of the storm.
When the storm ended, more than 3,000 homes had been flooded. Insured damage was over $90 Million. It took weeks to dry out and recover.
As a result of that storm, the City of Burlington and the Region of Halton have now become leaders in flood planning and prevention. There are numerous programs in place to help residents be better prepared:
Downspout disconnection subsidy program and weeping tile disconnection program to avoid overwhelming sewers with run-off water.
Residents can receive a Home Flood Protection Assessment to identify potential sources of water entering a home.
New educational resources about basement flood protection under the new Home Flood Protection Program.
Now, residents of Burlington can drop by Canadian Tire on Guelph Line to get even more peace of mind. A new technology from Alert Labs that helps homeowners protect their homes from water damage is on display, and ready to be installed. Demo days are Saturday and Sunday from 12-3.
Flowie water sensor kits install on home water meters in two minutes and send instant alerts about leaks, floods, water left running and power outages. Homeowners can choose to receive alerts on their phone by email, text or an app, wherever they are. They are always connected because they have a battery backup, run on a cellular network, and don’t require an internet connection or Wi-Fi.
Whether it’s rain leaking into a basement from a storm or a second flood laundry machine overflowing, water damage can be prevented. Fear of a flood does not need to be top of mind again.
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Alert Labs, a smart water sensor company, wrapped up a fundraising campaign with a donation to the Water First Internship. The program supports Indigenous Youth in receiving technical training for water treatment technology to gain the skills that are needed to begin their careers as clean water stewards in their communities.