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  • Impact of flood mitigation works

    InfoWorks RS is suited to determining the impact of flood mitigation works on the development of flood maps, an issue that arises more and more frequently as governments around the world seek solutions to unprecedented levels of flooding. Key to this is the software\'s ability to model open channels, floodplains, embankments and hydraulic structures, as well as its full flood-mapping capability, ...

  • Impact of floods on soils

    A recent study conducted in the Midwestern United States examined the effects of harsh wet conditions on both cultivated and uncultivated soils, vastly advancing the knowledge of water’s effects on aggregation. Soil aggregation is an important soil attribute that is related to the physical-chemical state of the soil, and is one of the essential processes that determine soil quality. During the ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • The health, social and economic impacts of flooding

    The health, social and economic impacts of major floods are devastating, affecting people’s physical and mental health and disrupting and dispersing communities.   Impacts can range from immediate death, injury and harm from contaminated water, through to lasting psychological consequences caused by damaged homes, loss of personal possessions and financial worries. In a paper ...

  • Climate impact, flood protection and hydraulic engineering

    The climate extremes of recent months have made it very clear again that flooding or extremely dry periods and all their consequences are a challenge that cannot be met without intensive international exchange and joint action. Scientists, business experts, politicians and representatives of municipalities and countries from the whole of Europe will meet at acqua alta, to be held in Hamburg from ...

  • Urban flooding caused by climate change: what will be the impacts?

    Heavy rain and snow induced by climate change could cause significant damage in urban areas. A recent model study estimates the impact on a Swedish city and suggests there could be an increase in the number of surface floods by 25-45 per cent during this century. Since 1998, floods in Europe have caused some 700 deaths, the displacement of about half a million people and at least EUR 25 billion ...

  • Document published explaining environmental impact of Exeter flood scheme

    The Environment Agency has published a document to show the environmental impact of the first phase of Exeter’s multi-million pound flood defence scheme. The scheme is being jointly funded by the Environment Agency, Exeter City Council and Devon County Council, and ultimately will reduce the risk of flooding for over 3,200 homes and businesses across the city. It is planned to construct the ...

  • Views sought on impact of proposed first phase of Exeter flood defence scheme

    People are being asked to offer feedback on the environmental impact of the first stage of Exeter’s multi-million pound flood defence scheme. The scheme is being jointly funded by the Environment Agency, Exeter City Council and Devon County Council, and ultimately will reduce the risk of flooding for over 3,200 homes and businesses across the city. It is planned to construct the scheme in ...

  • Flood forecast improving but the risk of flooding continues

    Parts of southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding as river levels remain high. While the overall picture is starting to improve as river levels stabilise, risks to people and property remain. Severe flood warnings remain in place along the Thames and in Somerset where water levels continue to rise in response to recent rainfall. Ground water flooding also continues to ...

  • Flood-free Fens

    The pumping station designed by Atkins for the Middle Level Commissioners at Wiggenhall St Germans in Norfolk was formally opened on Wednesday 20 April 2011 by Lord James Russell. The £38M pumping station, which pumps the land drainage and flood flows from the middle level system into the tidal River Ouse, is the biggest facility of its kind in the UK with a capacity 40% greater than the ...


    By Atkins

  • RIA Recommendations for After the Flood

    With several inches already on the ground and more in the weather forecast, the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has these tips for residents impacted by the flooding: Make sure gutters are free of debris so they drain properly. Direct downspouts so that water drains away from the foundation of the house and any below grade openings. In basements or below grade areas, raise ...


    By Marketwire

  • The social value of flood alleviation

    Climate change is predicted to increase the frequency and severity of flooding in coming years. For more effective flood alleviation, this study recommends schemes that consider the social impact of floods as well as the economic damages. Climate change increases intense rainfall and raises sea levels, both of which increase the risk of flooding. Between 1998 and 2009, Europe experienced over 200 ...

  • Flooding risk to continue into the weekend

    Communities in southern, south west and central England remain at risk of flooding, with further heavy rain expected to affect the country on Friday and into Saturday. Continued heavy rainfall means that flooding will remain for several days. Although water levels may fall throughout today, they are expected to rise again on the Thames and Severn, affecting places already experiencing flooding. ...

  • Flood management for the future

    New proposals to give local communities a greater say in what is done to protect them from the risks of flooding and coastal erosion have been announced today. Defra and the Environment Agency have published a consultation on a new national flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy for England which aims to allow greater local involvement in planning and prioritising flood defences. ...

  • Mississippi flood warnings

    Emergency officials warned another 200 homeowners at the weekend in the Memphis area they are at risk of dangerous flooding as the region braces for the highest Mississippi River crest since 1937. The Mississippi River, swollen with winter snow melt and rain, is carrying near-record flows slowly south to New Orleans where the crest may be at least two weeks away. The river is projected ...

  • Flood inundation map

    A new online and interactive flood preparedness tool is now available for the Flint River. Scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) developed the new Flood Inundation Map to improve flood warnings and emergency management along the Flint River in Albany, GA, USA. The creation of the Flint River Flood Inundation Map tool is a result of a national pilot ...

  • Boulder Flood Relief Formed to Help Colorado Flood Victims

    In September, torrential rains caused massive flooding and destruction that impacted 17 counties across Colorado.  Dozens of bridges, roads and thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.   Two months later, the cleanup work continues as some properties are being rebuilt and others wait for assistance.  To help flood victims, Boulder Flood Relief (BFR) was recently ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Droughts and floods slow economic growth

    Droughts and floods can significantly damage economic growth, recent research has found. A 1% increase in the area affected by drought can slow a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 2.7% per year and a 1% increase in the area experiencing extreme rainfall can reduce GDP growth by 1.8%, according to the study. Investments in water security could help reduce this negative ...

  • Modelling aids brisbane flood response

    AAM’s 3D Flood Simulation of Brisbane, Australia, was used extensively by Australian and Global media during the recent flood crisis in Brisbane. The flood level simulations were produced interactively in 3D. This was a very effective way of communicating the impact of the flood on buildings and infrastructure and it provided a valuable tool in assessing the potential risk for the city in ...

  • US Labor Department`s OSHA urges workers and public in flood impacted areas to exercise diligence against hazards

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges members of the public and recovery workers engaged in flood cleanup activities to protect themselves against hazards related to significant ongoing and dangerous flood conditions along the Front Range. Workers and residents taking defensive action to protect structures or evacuate severely impacted areas may ...

  • The “Category of Water” in Flood Damaged Buildings can Directly Impact Repair & Rebuilding Costs

    Water can enter a home or building in many ways.  Local flooding, leaking roofs and broken plumbing are all potential water sources that can damage or destroy personal belongings, building materials and even result in structural damage.  Water damage can even create potential indoor environmental and indoor air quality concerns for building occupants.   ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

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