Living in a Flood Vulnerable Area: Woodbridge

Use the information on this page to help you understand and prepare for flooding if you live in Woodbridge.

1. KNOW YOUR RISKS

Woodbridge is a large suburban community in the City of Vaughan, near Highway 400 and east of Highway 50, north of Steeles Ave. A portion of the community is in the floodplain of the Humber River, and is a designated Special Policy Area, or SPA (see SPA definition below).

Do You Live in an Area at Risk of Riverine Flooding?

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If you’re not sure whether your home is in a floodplain, use TRCA’s map viewer to find out. Just enter your address in the search bar. If your home lies within the shaded areas, you could be at risk of flooding.

Woodbridge floodplain map

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VIEW TRCA’S FLOOD RISK MAP FOR WOODBRIDGE

flood risk map of Woodbridge area

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NOTE: TRCA utilizes the best technology and latest available data in preparing floodplain mapping. As modelling techniques continue to evolve and as new information continues to be gathered, the resulting updated floodplain mapping products can change the risk and damage calculations, as well as the ranking of TRCA’s flood vulnerable clusters in the future. Map data generated December 2018.

Disclaimer: The data used to create this map was compiled from a variety of sources and dates. TRCA takes no responsibility for errors or omissions in the data and retains the right to make changes and corrections at any time without notice. For further information about the data on this map, please contact the TRCA GIS Department. Return period scenarios are based on statistical probabilities which may be exceeded. Flooding can also occur in areas other than identified on this map.

Understanding Flood Risk in Woodbridge


KNOW THESE TERMS:

Flood Vulnerable Cluster: An area within the floodplain with a high concentration of buildings and roads that could be impacted by riverine flooding.

Special Policy Area (SPA): An area within a community that has historically existed in the floodplain and where site-specific Provincial policies are intended to provide for the continued viability of existing uses.


The Woodbridge area is subject to flooding due to the joining of the East Humber River with the main Humber River. Development has intruded on the watercourse’s floodplain, and flow capacity is restricted near bridges and culverts.

Historically, ice jams have formed on the Main Humber River in the vicinity of Legion Court Rd, and on the East Humber River in the vicinity of Langstaff Road.


Learn more from TRCA about flood risk in general HERE.


What Types of Flooding* Can Affect Residents?

  1. Riverine flooding, which occurs when the water levels of rivers rise, overflowing their banks. Reducing riverine flood risk is under the mandate of Conservation Authorities like Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).
  2. Urban or pluvial flooding consists of street flooding, basement flooding and flooding of other low-lying areas due to the overflow of local drainage systems. Municipalities are responsible for managing this type of flooding.

*Did you know that there are several types of flooding? Different levels of government are responsible for different types of flooding. To find out who to contact during a flood, see BE PREPARED.

Flooding Can Happen at Any Time of Year

winter icon WINTER: Ice jams have historically occurred near Legion Court Road and south of the Islington Ave and Highway 7 intersection.
spring icon SPRING: The Humber River can experience high flows in the spring as the winter snowpack melts.
summer icon SUMMER: Though typically more of an issue for smaller creeks and urban flooding, summer thunderstorms can raise water levels quickly.
fall icon FALL: Hurricane remnants (like Hurricane Hazel in 1954) can bring large amounts of rainfall to our river systems.

Flood Protection in Woodbridge

The Woodbridge Channel, constructed in 1962, was designed to decrease erosion and provide stormwater conveyance through the Woodbridge flood plain lands.


Learn more about TRCA’s flood control infrastructure HERE.


How Will I Know If Flooding Is Forecasted?

  • TRCA Operates a Flood Forecasting and Warning Program. If flooding is possible or about to occur, TRCA issues flood messages to designated individuals within municipalities, local agencies, school boards, the media, and members of the public who self-subscribe. LEARN MORE

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  • TRCA maintains a network of river and rainfall gauges. You can get real-time gauging information HERE.

 


2. BE PREPARED

When it comes to flood preparedness, everyone — homeowners, landlords, renters, and condo owners — has a role to play. You can take steps to prepare; just select a category below to find out more.

 


3. STAY INFORMED

Use the following sources to stay informed during a flood:

• Check your local weather online, radio or television before you leave the house
• Check Environment Canada’s public weather alerts
• Sign up to receive TRCA flood messages
• Check your local municipal and public transit social media links (below).

Social Media Alerts and Notices

• TRCA Flood Risk Management
• City of Vaughan    
• York Region
• York Region Transit
• GO Transit

Additional Resources

Emergency Management Ontario
• Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act: Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians
• Public Safety Canada: Flood ReadyTips for overland flooding and first steps to prepare your home
Flood Smart CanadaCreated in partnership with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, this resource is designed to help Canadians better prepare for flooding.
• Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation: Flood Protection Resources
• Electrical Safety Authority:
Flood Safety Information

Information About Flood Insurance