flood risk News

  • Learning to live with floods in Scotland

    Communities in Scotland have moved away from trying to defend themselves against floods to a position that accepts them as inevitable and finds ways of coping with them, according to research presented at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) conference in Edinburgh. Professor Alan Werritty of the University of Dundee said: "Things have changed radically since 2009 and the passage of ...


    By Royal Geographical Society

  • 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: ...

  • Go with the flow in flood prediction

    Floods have once again wreaked havoc across the country and climate scientists and meteorologists suggest that the problem is only going to get worse with wetter winters and rivers bursting their banks becoming the norm. A team based at Newcastle University and their colleagues in China have developed a computer model that can work ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Risk of flooding continues along coast and moves inland to rivers as wet weather leaves ground saturated

    The South and West coast of England and the Severn estuary still remain at risk of coastal flooding throughout the weekend and into the early part of next week. Communities are urged to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings. Parts of the North East coast including Whitby and South Shields could see flooding today, while parts of the south coast could see more coastal flooding ...

  • Environment Agency continuing to take action to reduce flood risk to communities ahead of further heavy rainfall

    As the Environment Agency continues to take action around the clock to reduce flood risk across the South East, communities are being warned to expect more flooding as further heavy rainfall is forecast over the next few days across the region With more widespread heavy rain expected across the South East throughout the rest of the week, coupled with strong winds and adverse weather conditions, ...

  • Addressing flooding on the Somerset Levels

    Further information on the Environment Agency's response to flooding in Somerset The flooding on the Somerset Levels is the result of prolonged and persistent rainfall, with the area seeing more than twice the average rainfall for this time of year. Up to 40 properties and 65 square kilometres of land have unfortunately flooded. However, flood defences have protected over 200 square kilometres of ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Early warning system for pluvial flooding

    An early warning system for pluvial flooding caused by surface water runoff has been developed and could be implemented in the near future. The method offers greater warning and better targeting of resources. Pluvial flooding occurs when large volumes of surface water, typically from heavy rainfall, accumulate causing overland flow and ponding which is unable to drain away. Urban underground ...

  • 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 ...

  • Forty years on from the floods of 1968

    Forty years ago heavy thunderstorms were sweeping across South East England, flooding more than 14,000 properties, washing away bridges and shutting down roads and phone lines. Towns across Surrey and South London including Guildford, Farnham, Leatherhead, Basingstoke, Gatwick, Lewisham, Greenwich and Croydon all suffered after many inches of rain fell in just a few hours on ground already ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • New flood-protection strategies for the north

    We have long believed in the Netherlands that we are safe from flooding as long as our dikes are high enough. However, dikes will always be vulnerable, one reason being the continued sea-level rise. Because of this, the concept of ‘multi-layered safety’ ('meerlaagsveiligheid') was introduced in the Delta Programme. Alterra and HKV have applied this concept to the islands and mainland ...

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