After the Flood: Community Response & Recovery

LJJ Jessiman, Chelsea Klassen*, Imran Tatla, Chloe Raible, Lynsie Beaulie

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/Report/Policy Brief/Technical BriefCommissioned report


Globally, natural disasters are increasing in frequency and severity.1 This shift can be attributed to a variety of complex factors including a changing climate, populations growing in disaster-prone areas, inadequate infrastructure, and insufficient emergency management processes. The sudden onset of the flood in
November 2021 in Abbotsford, British Columbia forced residents, organizations, and governments to quickly mobilize in response to the needs of citizens and to prevent further damage. Fortunately, there were no reported human fatalities in Abbotsford as a direct result of the flood. That said, the Insurance Board of Canada estimates insurable losses at close to $675 million dollars, with some estimates of the total cost of recovery from the flood being up to $9 billion dollars.3 In a report released shortly after the flood, Public Safety Canada warned of the potential consequences if communities are unable to properly invest in preparedness and response measures.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages61
Publication statusPrint publication - Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes


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