New tool helps Canadian communities fight urban flooding

November 28, 2013

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) recently launched a pilot project for three cities across Canada to use a new web-based software that allows municipalities to evaluate sewer and stormwater infrastructure in the event of a major storm.

The made-in-Canada technology is designed for municipalities to become more resilient and proactive in preventing infrastructure damage related to extreme weather events that arise with climate change. 
Three partner cities Coquitlam, British Columbia, Hamilton, Ontario and Fredericton, New Brunswick will be using the new municipal risk assessment tool (MRAT). MRAT will compile information about a city's infrastructure, climate and insurance claims, and will produce detailed maps that display current infrastructure vulnerabilities and areas that are at risk to be vulnerable in the future.

Click here to see how MRAT works.

Click here for more information about MRAT. 

MRAT infographic. Credit IBC 

(Photo Credit: Insurance Bureau of Canada)