flood risk News

  • Severe flood warnings expected

    High sea levels combined with strong winds and large waves will increase the risk of coastal flooding along the south west and southern coasts tonight and into Wednesday. After the wettest January on record in places, further widespread rain – falling on already saturated ground – could cause river and surface water flooding in the south and west of England as well as parts of the ...

  • 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, ...


  • Environment Agency issues severe flood warnings for coastal flooding

    The Environment Agency has (as of 1600 Thursday) issued 12 severe flood warnings for coastal communities as strong winds combine with high tides and large waves from the early hours of tomorrow (Friday 3 January). Severe flood warnings – the highest category of warning – indicate a danger to life and property and have been issued for the following locations as of 1600: Cornwall: ...

  • New flood simulation tool improves collaboration on flood management

    A new tool for flood simulation and visualisation is accessible for both experts and practitioners, allowing them to collaborate better on flood planning and relief. Among other features, the new system includes 3D simulations, rainfall simulation and water flow data. With a vast majority of its population at risk from heavy floods and storms, the European Union has developed a risk management ...

  • A Brighter Future - Flood Control in Korea

    Each year, Korea experiences two months of high flood risk during the monsoon season. KJI, a Grundfos Group company, is highly respected as a supplier of flood control ...


    By Grundfos

  • Flood Modeller Suite launched at CH2M HILL’s International Flood Management Conference

    Yesterday, 19 November, more than 100 industry leaders and flood risk experts attended CH2M HILL’s International Flood Management Conference in London. The event saw the launch of the company’s Flood Modeller Suite, a fully integrated suite of software for flood modelling. The new Flood Modeller Suite, which will be formally released in early 2015, brings together updated versions of ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Floods Cause Asbestos Scare in Washington

    LA Testing provides asbestos testing services to keep area residents and cleanup workers safe from its deadly fibers. Garden Grove, CA, September 27th, 2010 Earlier this month The Seattle Times reported about asbestos concerns along the Sumas River in Washington.  It all began with flooding that occurred back in January of 2009 that spread debris carried ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Consequences of climate change and flood protection

    As a city on the tide-exposed Elbe, the risk of flooding for Hamburg, is ever-present, particularly from storm floods. Around one-third of the city area is regarded as being at risk of flooding. Holger Poser, Head of Department of Disaster Management and Civil Protection Ministry of the Interior, will describe at the acqua alta conference, how the city prepares for the constant threat. Such ...


  • Ciwem welcomes flood and water bill

    CIWEM endorses the proposed increase in responsibility for local authorities as the importance of local expertise in the context of effective flood risk management cannot be underestimated. However, CIWEM is concerned that with this increase comes sufficient funding and capacity building to support local delivery and decision-making. It is crucial that LAs are supported by effective guidance and ...


  • Drainage and flood agenda released for european water and flood modelling conference

    Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for wet infrastructure, today released the technical program for the Drainage and Flooding stream of the 2011 European Water and Flood Modelling Conference. The event, a comprehensive and significant wet infrastructure simulation and management technology summit, will be held September 20-21, 2011, at the ...


    By Innovyze

  • New maps to help prepare for flooding

    Improved flood maps published today show a reduction in the number of people classed at risk of surface water flooding and will help communities and businesses protect their properties from flooding. The maps show areas of the country at risk of flooding from rivers and the sea as well as new national scale maps of surface water flooding, making them some of the most comprehensive anywhere in the ...

  • Review of damage-reducing measures for floods

    Climate change is likely to increase the frequency and severity of flooding. This study reviewed damage mitigating measures at local, regional and national scales, and suggests that approaches including both spatial planning and private precautionary measures (such as building adaptations) are important for integrated risk management. Floods and the resulting damage are increasing in Europe. For ...

  • Bangladesh and the Netherlands to share flood research

    Flood-prone Bangladesh and the Netherlands are planning to exchange research findings and share experience on managing floods, which are projected to worsen because of climate change. Floods wreak havoc in Bangladesh every year. Last week's floods killed at least four people and stranded an estimated 20,000, according to the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • ISIS FAST flood assessment model

    Halcrow is to release ISIS FAST in April 2011. Since showcasing this solution at the Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM10) conference in Telford, UK, and at the ISIS User Conference, ISIS FAST is a new rapid inundation model designed and developed by Halcrow to allow quick assessment of flooding using simplified hydraulics. ISIS FAST provides results up to 1,000 times faster than ...


  • Communities urged to prepare for coastal flooding

    Communities along the north east coast of England, including Yorkshire and the north coast of Norfolk, should prepare for the risk of coastal flooding. The Environment Agency and Met Office are forecasting that gale-force winds and large waves will combine with spring tides and a large surge later on Thursday and through Friday. This brings a risk of significant coastal flooding. Areas at ...

  • European water and flood modelling conference

    Innovyze has announced the dates and issued a call for papers for the 2011 European Water and Flood Modelling Conference. The event, a comprehensive wet infrastructure simulation and management technology gathering, will be held 20th and 21st September 2011 at the historic Tortworth Court hotel in South Gloucestershire, UK. This once-a-year learning opportunity for the European expert ...


  • Reaction to UK flood defence cuts

    Under the previous UK government, spending on flood defences rose 33% in the four years to 2010/11. The new coalition government have however cut flood-defence spending by 8% annually over the next four years. A critical report by UK MPs states that the cuts will leave 5 million at-risk homes with less protection. The UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have ...


  • Could you be a volunteer flood warden?

    The Environment Agency and its partners are looking for more volunteers to offer flooding advice to people on the Lincolnshire coast. Volunteer flood wardens provide a vital link between the Environment Agency, the public and local councils. They also support the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum’s Coastal Campaign to encourage people to ‘make a call’ to register for flood warnings ...

  • Super `floodway` mooted for Thai floods

    Researchers from a Thai university have come up with a proposal for a 'super express' floodway to help reduce the impact of future flooding on Thailand's capital, Bangkok. The idea came from Chulalongkorn University's Unit for Disaster and Land Information Studies and would make use of existing ...


    By SciDev.Net

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