floods Articles

  • Why Is Water Level Monitoring Important?

    Monitoring water levels can have numerous environmental benefits and is a popular measurement for a number of different industries and organisations. Below we will discuss some of the common applications water level monitoring devices, as well as some of the valuable insights that recording this can reveal. Remote water level monitoring Whereas ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • Flood protection - Flood walls

    Manitoba Hydro is the electric power and natural gas utility in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Located only minutes north of the US border at North Dakota, Manitoba Hydro have generating stations and sub-stations located in the Red River Valley. This critical infrastructure is vulnerable to annual river flooding and, with flood predictions and forecasts for Spring 2011 at the highest in ...


    By HESCO Bastion, Inc.

  • Flood alerts

    This case study examines a solution for flood alerts which was deployed in Indiana US. The solution is based on SmartScan50 and provides level information for the ...

  • Flood Alleviation

    BritishFlora helps rescue lost London river from subterranean obscurity in award winning flood prevention. In the 1930's, engineers at the then Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich diverted a flood-prone section of the River Quaggy through an underground culvert so that new housing could beQuaggy built. In fine weather, the river was contained. But after heavy rainfall, the Quaggy became a ...


    By BritishFlora

  • Modelling and Managing Flood Risk and Flooding

    The UK’s prestigious Royal Society recently held a discussion group on the subject of Flood Management and Climate Change. With much of the Northern Hemisphere approaching the winter flooding season, we spoke to Wallingford Software’s David Fortune to find out the role of modelling in flood forecasting and flood management. He set out his ideas as follows: We must remember first that, while we ...


    By Innovyze

  • Flood safety standards

    A flood occurs when prolonged rainfall over several days, intense over a short period of period of time, or an ice or debris jam causes a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area (NOAA 2011). Melting snow can combine with rain in the winter and early spring; severe thunderstorms can bring heavy rain in the spring and summer; or tropical cyclone can bring intense rainfall to the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Living with the floods, not against them

    “Yes, we are illiterate sir, but we are engineers as far as our experience with water and rivers is concerned”, says Phushi Mahato, a villager in the Gosi Kandak floodplains in North-Bihar in India. As an outcome of water resource management that failed to understand the role of fluvial regimes in delta, Phushi and his fellow village members have now become vulnerable to floods ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Flood control and disaster management

    Flood control refers to all methods used to reduce or prevent the detrimental effects of flood waters (wikipedia). Some of the common techniques used for flood control are installation of rock berms, rock rip-raps, sandbags,  maintaining normal slopes with vegetation or application of soil cements on steeper slopes and construction or expansion of drainage channels. Other methods include ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • After the flood - preventing mold

    Beyond the direct water damage from a flood, there can be short term and long term problems with mold growth, whether the building is commercial or residential. The source of the water is the first important issue. Consider the following: 1.) If the flood is from surface water flooding such as heavy rains, hurricanes, and overflowing rivers this means dirt and debris. This ...

  • Developing optimum solutions to flooding

    Developing optimum solutions to flooding With a very long period of wet weather in the summer overlaid by intense rainfall, 2007 was the wettest summer in the UK on record. This unusual weather pattern resulted in very high localised runoff, with three events in England exceeding the 1 in 100 year return period over that time – some of the worst flooding that has ever occurred in ...


    By Innovyze

  • Video: Major flood mitigation

    In an area of town at high risk for flooding, Globeville has initiated one of the biggest infrastructure developments in the city’s history. As one of four projects under Globeville’s $300 million Platte to Park Hill plan, the Globeville Landing Outfall Project (GLO) aims to redirect stormwater and ...


    By Hamilton Kent

  • Flood Safety Standards

    A flood occurs when prolonged rainfall over several days, intense over a short period of period of time, or an ice or debris jam causes a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area (NOAA 2011). Melting snow can combine with rain in the winter and early spring; severe thunderstorms can bring heavy rain in the spring and summer; or tropical cyclone can bring intense rainfall to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Tidal technology to stop flooding

    A large 1.6 metre valve that stops tidal waters getting into the stormwater network will help stop flooding in the city centre during heavy rainfalls.   High tidal levels and heavy rain cause problems in Porirua, New Zealand.  Porirua was the first Council in New Zealand to test the valves, which are a Scandinavian design called WaStop. The Councils Water Services Engineer Desmond ...


    By WaStop International AB

  • Flood Resilience Measures

    Flood risk management is a top priority, exacerbated by the perception that flood risk has increased during the last two decades in many regions. There are two hypotheses for such changing patterns: Changes in climate, e.g. the sequencing of extreme wet and dry periods, leading to a greater magnitude and/or frequency of hydrological extremes (Huntington 2006); and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Rajang Delta threatened by floods

    This paper presents a case study of the Rajang Delta in Sarawak, Malaysia where peatland subsidence will cause flooding, rendering more than half of the Rajang Delta unsuitable for any agriculture cultivation due to severe floods in 50 years. The land area which will be inundated is 3 times the size of Singapore!! What a great loss! Case study summary: The case study reveals that ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Perth Flood Warning System

    Perth and Kinross City Council, Scotland Supply of Flood Warning scheme for Perth, March 2008 -ongoing Hydro-Logic was appointed by Perth and Kinross council via Halcrow Consulting Engineers to supply, install and maintain monitoring sites. These sites were spread over Perth City primarily to monitor the levels in a number of small burns that pass through the centre ...

  • Shopfloor Flooding Solution

    Elephant snot and how to prevent it. Refrigeration engineers can be forced to spend up to 50% of their time performing a task so unpleasant and mind-numbingly dull that you would by rights expect to see it on the work plan of a Victorian gutter snipe – namely sucking out and disposing of the ...


    By Cleveland Biotech Ltd.

  • Flood risk maps 2

    Flood risk is a combination of the likelihood of flooding and the potential consequences arising. There are different maps depending on the chosen hydrological scenario (see flood hazard maps). The flood risk maps should consider information about: the number of potentially affected inhabitants the type of economic activity on the area potentially affected other information ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Impact of floods, hurricanes and storms

    What happens to the water network in the wake of hurricanes and floods? Just days after Hurricane Harvey dumped over 50 inches of rain on the American state of Texas causing the deaths of 60 people and delivering billions of dollars worth of damage to homes and property, Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc in the Caribbean with the most powerful Atlantic storm in recorded history. ...


    By Detectronic Ltd

  • Flood Risk and Social Justice

    Flood Risk and Social Justice is a response to the rising significance of floods and flood-related disasters worldwide, as an initiative to promote a socially just approach to the problems of flood risk. It integrates the human-social and the technological components to provide a holistic view. This book treats flooding as a multi-dimensional human and natural world tragedy that must be ...


    By IWA Publishing

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