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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Quick Sandbagging for Spring Flooding 2014

    According to NOAA’s Spring Outlook for 2014, rivers in half of the continental USA are at minor or moderate risks of flooding this spring. The SandMaster sandbagging attachment may be just what your community needs to provide the protection when a flood event threatens your ...


    By Barrier Systems, LLC

  • 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 ...

  • New Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, `Floodplain Management,` And Executive Order 13690, `Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard...`

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the interagency Water Resources Council voted unanimously to accept the recommendations of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group and issued Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, and Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Work begins on new flood defence schemes

    39 new flood and coastal defence projects have been announced as part of Government plans to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion in England. Of these new projects 21 will provide additional protection to over 13,000 households at risk of flooding. The remainder mainly relate to vital repairs and safety enhancements to existing defences. Over the next year £521m will be spent ...

  • Three severe flood warnings in place for Dorset

    The Environment Agency has this afternoon issued two further severe flood warnings for flooding along the Dorset coast. Current situation In addition to the severe flood warning already in place for Iford Bridge Home Park on the Lower River Stour in Bournemouth, the Environment Agency is warning people along the coast at Preston Beach in the Lodmore area of Weymouth and the ...

  • Flooding: what influences householders to protect their homes?

    Householders who believe that climate change increases flood risk are up to 12% more likely to protect their homes against flooding than those who do not hold this belief, finds recent research from Germany. The national survey also found that previous experience of flood damage increased the likelihood of households introducing flood protection measures. Floods damage homes, businesses, ...

  • REPORT: Nearly 300,000 New Yorkers Flooded in Sandy Lived Outside FEMA Flood Zones

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood maps for New York City did not identify that nearly 65 percent of the area inundated during Hurricane Sandy—home to nearly 300,000 people—was at risk from coastal flooding, according to a new analysis from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report tallies the human toll and impact to critical infrastructure like schools ...

  • Flood defence work set to start in Littlehampton

    The Environment Agency has announced that work to improve the tidal flood defences along the East Bank of the River Arun is set to start in Pier Road, Littlehampton this month. The £14.5 million partnership scheme includes the construction of a new tidal river wall to protect over 2,000 residential properties and businesses against 100 years of predicted sea level rise. It will also vastly ...

  • Conference programme announced for Flood & Coast 2016

    The advance conference programme for Flood & Coast 2016, 23-25 February in Telford, is announced today as visitor registration opens.  Led by the Environment Agency, the conference will bring together local authorities, owners of infrastructure, businesses and community groups to tackle the big questions relating to flood and coastal risk management (FCRM) today and in the future. ...


    By Trio Events Ltd

  • Intelligent monitoring system provides flood warnings

    Water level sensing technology from OTT Hydrometry is being used in an intelligent flood warning system that has been installed at a ford in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The system, which was designed and installed by SWARCO Traffic, monitors water level in the Finham Brook where it passes under the A452, and warns drivers when potentially dangerous conditions arise. Working closely with ...


    By The OTT Hydromet Group

  • GBP16 million for local community flood protection

    Local communities across England will benefit from GBP16 million funding to help them tackle surface water flooding, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn announced today. GBP9.7 million has been awarded to 77 local authorities for areas where the evidence shows that the risk and potential impact of surface water flooding could be highest.  Local authorities for all other areas will also be able ...

  • Work to start on Braunton flood defence improvements

    The Environment Agency will start work next week on a £100,000 scheme to boost flood protection in Braunton. The North Devon village suffered serious flooding in December 2012 after torrential rain caused the River Caen to over-top flooding more than 60 local homes and businesses. The flooding occurred six months after the official opening of a new flood defence scheme. ‘We built a ...

  • New community focus for UK flood warnings

    Residents in parts of Hertfordshire and London will now receive flood warnings targeted more specifically to their community, following developments to the Environment Agency’s flood warning service. The Environment Agency is to more than double the number of flood warning areas on the Rivers Colne an Crane catchments to 36, and at the same time the Floodline quickdial numbers will change. ...

  • Fears of glacial lake outburst floods allayed

    The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has good news for people living in the Nepal Himalayas – its latest survey shows three lakes formed by melting glaciers are not about to burst as previously feared. In 2009, ICIMOD studied 1,466 glacial lakes in Nepal, in collaboration with the World Bank and non-government organisations (NGOs). Its teams identified six of them ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • River Thames severe flood warnings downgraded

    River levels to remain to remain high in southern England. Still a risk of flooding The Environment Agency has downgraded its 14 Severe Flood Warnings for the River Thames - a decision taken in conjunction with the emergency services and local authorities. River levels on the Thames are gradually falling but will still remain high and property could be flooded for some time. ...

  • Flood defence repairs to start in Malton and Norton

    The Environment Agency is starting work at the end of this month to repair two sections of the flood defences at Malton and Norton to reduce the risk of the wall leaking. In November 2012 when heavy rain hit the area, the level of the River Derwent didn’t reach the top of the defences, but the high levels caused some areas of the existing defences to leak. The Environment Agency ...

  • EDLab provides assistance to flood victims in Georgia

    The recent floods in Georgia and other surrounding southeast areas of the United States claimed over a dozen lives and caused an estimated $250 million in damages. Now, residents are starting to return to their homes and business and they may be knowingly or unknowingly exposed to hazardous environmental conditions.POLLUTION AND HIGH HEALTH RISKFloodwaters potentially increase the risk of ...


    By Pure Air Control Services

  • The Importance of Flood Insurance for Property Damage Claims

    Preliminary estimates of the damages due to the heavy flooding in South Carolina are believed to be over $1 billion.  Unfortunately, many residential and commercial property owners in the impacted areas did not have flood insurance.  In fact, some experts have put the number of people with flood insurance and damaged properties in the state at only about 10%. Many conditions ...

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