Surprise news: Weston is prone to flooding

GlobalNews has an article on the flooding in Toronto. Weston, obviously, is prone to flooding: 50 years ago, Hurricane Hazel destroyed and killed here. Even today, though, the TRCA is concerned about flooding in the village: we are one of 42 flood-prone areas in the GTA.

“Those areas would have different depths of flooding” in a Hazel-scale storm, explains Laurian Farrell, manager of flood risk management at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. “Some would be severe, and some would be very minor, within a few inches or less than a foot, which people can pretty much deal with, but when you get into three feet to six feet of flooding it’s very difficult to deal with.”


The TRCA is working with several other city and provincial agencies to reduce the threat of flooding, but there are some things you can do yourself.

The city has a program that will reimburse you for 80% of the cost of a sump pump or sewage back flow preventer.  Back flow preventers stop sewage from flowing in the wrong direction and into your basement. Sump pumps pump water out from below your house, stopping it from rising into the basement.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

One thought on “Surprise news: Weston is prone to flooding”

  1. We heard of a friend’s neighbour who had a back flow preventer which worked in their basement, but sent the sewage up and overflowed through their toilets and showers upstairs on Monday – just an FYI as to the possibilities when a storm is that bad. I’d probably still get one.

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