Many homes and lives were recently destroyed in Alberta last week. Warnings about where, and how to build homes were not heeded.
A former Alberta MLA who headed up a flood mitigation task force after the 2005 floods says new development should not have been allowed to spring up in the flood zones.
“The one thing they could have done … they should have stopped building some housing and buildings on the flood plains. And that was a strong part of that report,” George Groeneveld, who chaired the flood mitigation committee and report, told CBC News.
“If you’re going to build in those areas, you take on the responsibility yourself. That to me was the strength of the report, stop building where we shouldn’t be building.”
Hmm, adaptation doesn’t work, if no one heeds reports, or pays for infrastructure that works in the long term.
Canadian insurance companies are facing unprecedented growth in claims and payouts for water-related home damage, and industry experts lay the blame squarely on climate change.
In 2009, insurance payouts nationwide totalled $5.3-billion, with more than half of claims being paid for extreme weather events.
Yet Calgary and elsewhere built where it was not reasonable to do so.
Sale of flood-prone Crown lands creates the potential “for increased financial liability for the province in terms of Disaster Recovery Program funding that must outweigh the short-tem financial benefits of the sale,” the report stated.
The Premier has announced a billion dollars in emergency aid. How long until the next emergency?
CALGARY — Alberta has approved $1 billion as part of the first phase of emergency recovery and reconstruction for flood-ravaged communities.
Premier Alison Redford said the province has vowed to provide for more than 100,000 displaced southern Albertans.
“Today we’re taking action,” she said Monday.
To help the people who are still displaced and can’t go home, the province will provide pre-loaded debit cards that will help with their immediate housing needs and day-to-day purchases.
Those who qualify will receive $1,250 per adult and $500 per child.
The funding has been allocated from Alberta’s Contingency Fund.
Alberta’s flood emergency will soon pass; the global state of emergency won’t. Climate change is the emergency we’ll be dealing with for the rest of our lives. We must all quickly wake up to the dangers of warmer planet.