Long-term flood­pre­ven­tion strate­gies needed

The Daily Observer - - OPINION -

The flood­ing is tragic, dev­as­tat­ing. For­tu­nately, it is very in­fre­quent too, but we could en­sure it al­most never hap­pens.

In the long term, pre­ven­tive mea­sures could be put in place: build­ing per­ma­nent dykes in flood-prone re­gions and putting new houses (and even some ex­ist­ing houses) on higher foun­da­tions above po­ten­tial flood lev­els, and mak­ing wa­ter­proof base­ments. As well, new de­vel­op­ments should avoid flood­plains.

Brian Vollmer Deep River

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