Involving Homeowners in Urban Flood Risk Reduction: City of London, Ontario (2011)

The City of London, Ontario has experienced many flooding events over the past few decades, often related to extreme precipitation events and seasonal thaw. Involving homeowners in adaptation strategies is a key factor in their success.

This case study developed by the Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction explores homeowner perceptions on basement flooding and the mitigative behaviours of residents in the Sherwood Forest neighbourhood of London, Ontario. The results of this study are provided and several recommendations, next steps, challenges and lessons learned were identified as well.

This case study can provide insight for municipalities into the challenges involved in engaging homeowners and residents in climate change  adaptation, and the best ways to achieve successful participation in municipal programs.