Morrison Hershfield’s field staff worked hard this summer; collecting data and assessing approximately 30,000 private properties and about 1,000 municipal infrastructure assets as part of the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Protection Program. This important project identifies at-risk areas through assessments and modelling and implements infrastructure improvements that will mitigate the chance of flooding and protect community residents from water damage that can cost billions in insured losses from sewer backup claims.
Ageing infrastructure and changing climate are just a couple of the many hazards municipal governments face as they plan, design, build, operate and maintain infrastructure and services. As these hazards become more severe, so does the level of risk associated with these hazards. In addition, the daily operations of municipalities can create environmental hazards such as waste, discharges or emissions that could unknowingly harm their community or the surrounding environment.
“The award recognizes excellence, northern innovations/adaptation, sustainability, service to the community and enhancement to the quality of life through engineering in Yukon.”
Benefits of the Mayo River Flood Control Project
The Mayo River Flood Control Project has significantly contributed to protecting the Village of Mayo against adverse effects related to winter flooding on the River. It has provided future recreational opportunities near the lower Mayo River, allowing access to this natural area for residents. New trails now give residents the ability to enjoy this natural setting along the river.