Flooding is essential to a healthy environment, but causes human hardship and economic loss. This section addresses the causes and costs of flooding, measures to reduce flood damage, and some of the major flood events in Canada. Areas where the federal government promotes damage reduction policies related to floodplain development are also addressed.

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Flood Damage Reduction Program

In Canada, we try to discourage flood-vulnerable develop on the floodplain and to map flood risk areas. To this end, from the mid-1970s until 1998, there was a national program of flood damage reduction through mapping of floodplains areas and the encouragement of land use controls within these mapped areas. This involved the mapping of over 900 communities and the designation of 320 flood risk areas. The site also includes a description of this program and aids in locating flood risk maps for designated areas.

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