Adapting to Changing Flood Patterns in the City of Hamilton (2012)

Like many Ontario municipalities, the City of Hamilton has recently experienced extensive flooding as a result of several severe storms. More frequent and intense storm activity is expected in this region as a result of climate change.

The case study outlines Hamilton's iterative and progressive approach to addressing flooding issues that arise from climate change. The strategy includes development of comprehensive Master Plans, creation of a Storm Event Response Group (SERG) and development of an independent Community Panel (ICP) composed of experts in the community. This case study concludes with the lessons learns from this process, which may assist other Ontario communities facing similar flooding challenges from increased storm activity.