Halton Region now has officially recorded 3,097 Burlington homes that have experienced flooding and all of the flooded sites have been visited. Staff from the Region are in the process of arranging one-on-one follow up appointments with over 300 of those homes.
Over 80 home owners that had more than one flood in the last number of years, including August 4, have been contacted by the Region to set up appointments to install flood mitigation measures. Those mitigation measures potentially include installation of backflow valves and sump pumps. In addition the Region has distributed almost 2,000 ex-gratia $1,000 grants for those who experienced sanitary sewer backup and will continue to process other applications.
The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates there are over $80 million of insured losses for homeowners in Burlington. Based on our calculated estimates, we believe the uninsured losses are in the range of 10 to 20% of that number.
Many of our residents have found that they were not insured or were severely underinsured to cover the damages sustained from the flooding. For many, this means that the costs to rebuild are almost unbearable. It is a hard lesson and a reminder to all of us to check our home owners’ insurance policy and ensure that we are very well versed on the specifics of what is covered and what is not.