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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

  • 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. ...

  • 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 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. ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Understanding what causes droughts and floods

    The latest research into how variations in the atmosphere and oceans combine to produce impacts like the major droughts and floods experienced recently in south-eastern Australia will be presented today in Canberra at a science workshop hosted by the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI). SEACI is a three-year, $9 million research program investigating the causes and ...

  • Losses from flooding not from climate

    Flooding and the accompanying economic losses are a major concern. However, it is important to know exactly how much of this is related to climate change and how much is caused by other factors, particularly societal influences. Adapting to climate change is a major European policy concern and forms part of the Second European Climate Change programme (ECCP II). In 2008, a green paper was adopted ...

  • Esri assists Thailand flood response

    Esri and its distributor, Esri (Thailand) Co. Ltd., are assisting government agencies and emergency management professionals involved in the Thailand flooding disaster response. As part of the support, Esri has activated its disaster response team. The disaster team is providing software, services, and industry expertise. Esri is also supporting the response organizations with application ...


    By Esri

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