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Green infrastructure saves communities and dollars

By Lara Ellis      

With flood risks increasing and the societal costs mounting in Canada, an investment in both green and grey infrastructure, both the built and the natural, would help save countless Canadian basements and sleepless nights—not to mention taxpayer dollars.

A flooded street pictured in Gatineau, Que., recently. The Ottawa and Gatineau region had record breaking flooding recently. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

TORONTO—The usual euphoria brought on by spring has been tempered by dread and fear this year for many Canadians. Days of torrential rain and rising water levels were followed by extensive flooding throughout Quebec and eastern Ontario. There were desperate attempts to safeguard property, military-assisted sandbagging and evacuations, and extensive loss of private and public property. The total cost of the flood won’t be known for weeks or months.

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