The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is pleased to invite you to Friday Forum: The Peterborough Flood

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is pleased to invite you to participate in a workshop with Malcolm Hunt, Director, Planning and Development Services, City of Peterborough; and Brian Worsley, Regional Manager (Ontario) of UMA Engineering’s Water Resources section.

On July 15, 2004, the City of Peterborough and surrounding areas experienced a record rainfall. Observers at the Trent University weather station recorded a remarkable 409 mm of rain in July, smashing the total precipitation for any month of the year. According to Environment Canada, that amounted to a phenomenal 14 billion litres of water in under five hours, an amount equal to the flow of water over Niagara Falls in a 40-minute-period, nearly enough to fill the Skydome nine times. The volume of water proved too much for Peterborough’s drains and sewers, some of them built a century ago. This, after the City was inundated by water in June 2002.

The presentation will focus on this extreme loss event and what actions have been taken to reduce the risk of future losses. Mr. Hunt will also discuss the damage caused by sewer back-up. Biographies for Mr. Hunt and Mr. Worsley are attached.

  • When: Friday, June 16, 2006 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Where: Insurance Bureau of Canada, 151 Yonge Street, 18th floor boardroom, Toronto.

  • RSVP: Tracy Waddington (416) 364-8677 ([email protected]).

Friday Forum

ICLR seeks to strengthen the insurance community’s awareness of the risks associated with natural hazards. Each month we will host an informal discussion of current research and industry issues related to natural hazards. Attendance will be limited to ensure that participants can directly contribute to the discussion. The cost is $75 ($150 for non-members, if space permits) for each forum. Business casual dress.

Future topics include: Landslide (NRC), Climate Change & Tourism (U of Waterloo), Weather & Economics (U of Oklahoma)

About ICLR

ICLR is a research institute. Established by Canada’s property and casualty insurers, we are working to reduce disaster losses. The Institute is internationally recognized for our leadership in multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research. Quality research provides the foundation for better public policy and disaster management. We use research findings to help you better understand the hazards that you are vulnerable to, and identify simply steps you can take to better protect your family and your home. More at

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