The City of Burlington will be the anchor for a new pilot project geared towards reducing flood risk for homeowners.
The move comes two years after the city was pummeled by two months worth of rain in just eight hours.
The province is now partnering with the Intact Centre for Climate Adaption through the University of Waterloo to conduct risk assessments on 4,000 area homes.
MPP Eleanor McMahon says the 237 thousand dollar investment will help get the pilot project off the ground and running.
According to centre lead, Dr. Blair Feltmate the inspection process will look at everything from window wells to contouring around the house.
“Forty-five to fifty factors in combination between the outside of the house and the inside of the house that the inspector looks at with the home owner.”
Feltmate adds “about six to eight things come out of the average house that the homeowner has to attend to and three quarters of those factors, the homeowner can usually correct the problem on their own.”
According to Feltmate minor improvements can be done over a weekend for two hundred dollars or less.
For bigger projects, homeowners will be referred to a vetted list of contractors.
The cost of inspection will depend on a number of factors including the size and age of the house.
The first 500 inspections are expected to take place this Fall.
The hope is to eventually roll out the program across the province.