Building Codes can contribute to the reduction of flood risk through different regulations. The risk of damage can be reduced as well as the amount of the damages.
Are young people leaving themselves at risk of flooding?
According torecent figuresfrom theEnvironmental Agency, young people in the UK may be leaving themselves at risk of flood damage. Around 75% of 18-24 year olds are not aware if they are living in an area at risk of flooding in the last year. Why is this so much of a problem and what can people do to find out how at risk their property is? With the number of properties in the UK at risk of flooding being so high (1 in 6 properties), concerns are being flagged that young people are leaving themselves at risk of...
Towards two-way flood risk communication: current practice in a community in the UK
Despite the considerable progress in engineering works, flooding continues and is now recognized as a major and increasing challenge. This realisation has resulted in a shift in flood risk management from leaning heavily on structural measures to the incorporation of non-structural initiatives, such as communication about flood risks that is considerate of the diversity existing within communities and that encompasses the entire disaster cycle. Communities that are more aware of flood risks and possess the...
Uncertainty-based flood resiliency evaluation of wastewater treatment plants
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) have a significant role in urban systems’ serviceability. These infrastructures, especially in coastal regions, are vulnerable to flooding. To minimize vulnerability, a better understanding of flood risk must be realized. To quantify the extent of efforts for flood risk management, a unified index is needed for evaluating resiliency as a key concept in understanding vulnerability. Here, a framework is developed to evaluate the resiliency of WWTPs in coastal areas of New York...
Are the Government doing enough to protect communities from flooding?
Despite it being the official start of British summer, many locations have continued to be hit by severe flooding in the last few weeks. Locations all over the UK have been struck by severe weather warnings, and many properties have been left damaged by the continued rainfall. Unfortunately this is not considered remarkable. The UK has already seen heavy flooding since the year started, following on from years of previously high flood levels. With such severe damage to properties and livelihoods being commonplace,...
What is a Flood Risk Assessment?
Flood Risk Assessments (FRA) are becoming a very important part of the planning permission process. It interlocks with other areas of the planning process, and could cause weeks or months of delays if not done from the beginning. But what is a Flood Risk Assessment? A Flood Risk Assessment is a series of tests that are carried out to assess the level of flood risk of a given location. The assessment will check for flooding caused by groundwater, surface water, artificial water, rivers, streams, sewers and...