Flooding’s in Canada: Why do Canadian cities seem so vulnerable to flooding’s across the country? (Abstract)

by Maximum98 on December 7, 2017 - 9:29am

Throughout the semester, I have been working on recapping news articles that have been talking about natural disasters that have been happening in North America. More specifically, I have been talking about flooding’s in Canada. This research paper will attempt to figure out what can cause these major flooding’s because, in Canada, flooding’s are the number 1 natural disaster and it is needed for us to know what can cause this so we can attempt to find solutions to prevent these from happening. The structure of the paper itself will first introduce the topic itself, then it will go and detail one at a time the two arguments that will be given in the introduction, and finally will be finished at the end with a conclusion and some hypothesis on what solution can be brought to help in the prevention phase. The two major arguments that explain these flooding’s are the rapidly changing weather conditions and the location of the floods. 

Findings: 

It was found that heavy and sudden rainfall like in the 2014 floods in the Canadian prairies can lead to a major flooding. The findings also show that the melting of the snow when temperatures suddenly rise can rise the water levels and start flooding's near the shore line. Other findings include the notion that is a town is located very near a river or a coast line, then the dangers of floods in the area rise due to their proximity to the water. An example of this would be the flood that happen in May of 2017 in Pierrefonds-Roxboro.

Conclusion:

To conclude, the main arguments that could explain the flooding’s in Canada are the changing weather conditions and the location of the flood. With that in mind, some solutions like creating government organizations that attempt to solve the problem like the NDMP or trying to locate the town further away from the coast could help in preventing these floods and reduce damages by the waters by a good amount. 

 

Comments

Hey, I was thinking that your subject is something important and interesting, my only issue here is the solutions you have for the problem. Creating organizations is something useful, yes, but I think the important part is really telling us how to really fix, what will there organizations do to help with this problem.

Hey Max, simply moving a town further away from the coast doesn’t feel like a solution, but rather just a way of hiding from it. Also it could be interesting to do further academic research to assess what has enabled these floods to happen more frequently and more intensively. For example: the destruction of wetlands and the deforestation of lands close to these regions (as a way to build more condos.)

Very interesting subject to look into Max ! I don't know much about the floods in Pierrefonds-Roxboro last May, but I come from a region where spring and floods come together; the Gaspé Coast. The raising water levels accompanied by the high tides literally create a natural phenomenon that is unstoppable. I've seen wharfs, restaurants, and whole family homes leave with the waves below their owners' eyes. All this is to say that, in fact, "moving" a town further away from the coast is actually being done here. A set of targeted businesses, buildings, and homes that were judged "at risk" are being moved backwards from the coastline to a place that assures them a safe future. In all, I have no doubt your article is very informative !

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