City approves basement flooding subsidy for homeowners|
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The City of Toronto has approved a Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy program
for homeowners who experienced flooding during the August 19, 2005 storm. More
than 150 mm (6 inches) of rain fell in a three-hour period causing many
basements to flood in the northern part of the city. The program offers
eligible single-family, residential homeowners a subsidy to install
flood-prevention devices on the internal plumbing of their homes.
"The subsidy is a major benefit to homeowners who experienced basement flooding
caused by the August storm," said Shelley Carroll, Councillor for Don Valley
East and Chair of the City of Toronto Works Committee. "Installing the
flood-prevention devices offered in the program can help prevent future
flooding from occurring," said Carroll. "It's a traumatic experience to lose
personal belongings and deal with flood damage and I urge residents to send in
an application for approval as soon as possible."
Homeowners are eligible for the program in one of two ways: First, they had to
report the basement flooding incident to the City, either to Toronto Water
staff or to Insurance and Risk Management staff, or to their local City
Councillor. Or, secondly, provide back-up documents indicating their insurance
company was informed of the basement flooding in a timely manner. Applications
for the subsidy will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until
February 1, 2006.
"Toronto Water staff will be contacting homeowners who apply for the program
and we’ll be visiting homes, where needed, to help determine the nature of the
flood," said Lou Di Gironimo, Acting General Manager for Toronto Water. "This
is also a good opportunity to remind all homeowners to practice flood
prevention. If you have any concerns about basement flooding, call Toronto
Water (416-338-8888) and we'll send staff out to inspect."
There are many causes of basement flooding including sewer back-ups, leaky
foundations, cracked basement walls, poor lot drainage, reverse slope
driveways, overflowing eavestroughs, leaking or plugged downspouts, blocked
sewers, and failing sump pumps. This program is one of many solutions a
property-owner can consider to alleviate the potential for basement flooding.
The City will be advertising the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy program
in local community papers and will be mailing information to residents who
reported flooding to the City. Councillors will also be sending information to
constituents who were affected by the storm.
For more information, call Toronto Water at 416-338-8888, or visit
ment Flooding Protection Subsidy Program Fact Sheet