Cross Country Checkup

Is your community ready to deal with an environmental disaster?

Severe environmental events like flooding or wildfires are increasingly become the new normal in many places in Canada - and that means governments and communities are changing how they respond. Is your community ready to deal with an environmental disaster?
Communities in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick have all been affecting by flooding this week. As adverse weather events become the new normal, Cross Country Checkup wants to know if your community is prepared for them. (Stephen MacGillivray/Canadian Press)

Thousands of residents in New Brunswick and Quebec are struggling with rising waters this week. It's déjà vu for many in the two provinces - New Brunswick was hit by record flooding last year, while Quebec saw flood waters rise in the spring of 2017. 

Ottawa, Montreal, and Bracebridge, Ont. have also declared states of emergency as flood waters continue to rise, which allows them to make home evacuations mandatory, bring in the Canadian Forces as the City of Ottawa did, and quickly approve emergency spending if needed.  

Severe environmental events like flooding or wildfires are increasingly become the new normal in many places in Canada - and that means governments are changing how they respond.

This week, Quebec Premier François Legault said the province is willing to buy out homeowners with property on flood plains, for up to $200,000, while New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said he'd look at stricter measures to encourage people to relocate their homes outside of flood zones.

But in the west, Saskatchewan has had a dry spring, and a wildfire near Biggar, Sask. has been contained, but authorities warn the risk of new fires starting is still high.

The frequency and intensity of extreme weather in Canada will increase in the future because of climate change.

Our question this week: Is your community ready to deal with an environmental disaster?

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