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August 18, 2009
Tour a home retrofitted to prevent basement flooding
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), with support from the City of Toronto, has retrofitted a Toronto home to reduce the risk of basement flooding. ICLR and City of Toronto staff will be onsite to provide a tour and answer questions:

Tour date: Wednesday, August 19
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: 53 Parkview Ave., North York (the home is located one block east of Yonge Street and eight blocks south of Finch Avenue East)

On August 19, 2005, a major rainstorm in the Greater Toronto Area caused more than $500 million in insured damage - the costliest natural catastrophe in Ontario’s history and the second most expensive on record for the country. On that day, more than 150 millimetres of rain fell on parts of Toronto during a three-hour deluge that impacted a wide swath of land from Kitchener-Waterloo to Durham Region. More than 13,000 sewer backup claims were filed with homeowner insurers. Since 2005, there have been numerous severe storms causing basement flooding. Homeowners need to be educated on how to protect themselves and reduce flooding events.

At this event, the media will receive practical tips to share on how homeowners can reduce the chance of basement flooding.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Established in 1998 by Canada’s property and casualty insurers, ICLR is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Toronto and at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. ICLR is a centre of excellence for disaster loss prevention research and education. ICLR’s research staff is internationally recognized for pioneering work in a number of fields including wind and seismic engineering, atmospheric sciences, water resources engineering and economics. Multi-disciplined research is a foundation for ICLR’s work to build communities more resilient to disasters.

Media contacts:
Cheryl San Juan, Senior Communications Coordinator, City of Toronto, cell (event day) 416-994-3575, tel. 416-392-8259,
Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, ICLR, cell 416-277-5827, tel. 416-364-8677, ext. 3216,
fax 416-364-5889,



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