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  • European-wide Flood Risk Mapping Services

    Intermap Technologies and JBA Consulting have announced a strategic collaboration to provide detailed flood mapping services for clients across Continental Europe. The provision of Intermap"s NEXTMap Europe digital elevation map data, along with the digital elevation models Intermap produced for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative, will allow JBA"s risk management ...

  • South West facing heightened flood risk this winter

    The Environment Agency is warning of an increased likelihood of flooding this winter. Wet weather, strong winds coinciding with high tides and wind-blown leaves and debris blocking rivers, are increasing flood risk. Families, communities and businesses are urged to check their flood risk and be prepared for possible flooding and its impacts. Based on Met Office analysis, the Environment Agency is ...

  • England facing heightened flood risk this winter

    People urged to prepare for flooding as wet and windy weather to continue The Environment Agency is warning of an increased likelihood of flooding this winter. Wet weather, strong winds coinciding with high tides and wind-blown leaves and debris blocking rivers, are increasing flood risk, especially in the west of England. Families, ...

  • Floods in West Africa raise major health risks

    Rising flood waters across West Africa are intensifying health risks for millions of people, and adding to the impact of the food price crisis. International aid is needed as heavy rains forecast to last until September could exacerbate health threats for conditions including malaria, diarrhoea and other potentially fatal communicable diseases. 'West Africa's annual floods bring with them not ...

  • Low health risk from contaminated flood water

    Residents in flood-affected areas have been advised to take sensible precautions as the flooding subsides but have been reassured that there is only a small chance of picking up an infection from contaminated water.   The independent ...

  • 5 Flood risks in need of sewer line repair

    Dealing with indoor flooding is enough to drive anyone crazy. Not only can it be frustrating to deal with the clean up and repairs, but often times, those repairs can be expensive. So how can you do your best to stop flooding? Here are a few preventative tips: Poor foundation: Most homes are designed specifically to allow flood water to flow freely underneath and beside the structure. ...


    By TRIC Tools Inc.

  • Agricultural practice could help reduce flood risk

    Coherent agri-environmental schemes could contribute to wider climate change adaptation objectives including safeguarding water quality, carbon storage, biodiversity and habitat conservation. New research suggests that integrating Sustainable Flood Management (SFM) principles into agricultural practice will require relatively few changes under the current legislative framework. Climate change is ...

  • Flood risk in Europe: the long-term outlook

    Floods in Central Europe have caused deaths and widespread property damage across parts of the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Such events are likely to increase in Europe for several reasons including climate change, according to recent assessments from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Floods, storms and other hydro-meteorological events account for around two thirds of the ...

  • Flood risk reduces as rivers fall slowly across southern England

    Two severe flood warnings remain in place on the Somerset Levels, whilst the country’s largest-ever pumping operation continues in order to reduce flood water on the Levels and Moors. Millions of tonnes of water pumped daily Over 65 pumps, including those imported from the Netherlands, are working to pump millions of tonnes of water off the levels every day. ...

  • Mapping groundwater flooding for the EU Floods Directive

    In the coming years the EU Floods Directive1 will require Member States to produce flood hazard and risk maps. Taking the UK as a case study, new research highlights the need for advances in data collection, mapping and groundwater flood warning systems to meet EU requirements for maps and management plans. Although often occurring less frequently than fluvial (river) flooding, the effects of ...

  • UK Environment Agency encourages local authorities to implement flood risk role

    Following the Government’s response today to Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the summer 2007 floods, the Environment Agency is encouraging all local authorities in England to begin implementing their future role in managing local flood risk. The Environment Agency has already made good progress in taking on its new strategic overview role for all types of flooding in England, ahead of securing ...

  • Innovyze introduces InfoWorks ICM RiskMaster extension for Economic Evaluation of Flood Risks

    Pushing the limits of smart water network innovation, Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the release of InfoWorks ICM RiskMaster. The revolutionary risk-based analysis extension enables ...


    By Innovyze

  • Cloud-based flood risk learning tool engages multiple stakeholders

    A pilot cloud-based learning platform that brings together multiple datasets, models and visualisation tools has been developed with the engagement of numerous stakeholders throughout the design process. This tool could lead to informed decisions about flood risk at the local level. These types of tools and frameworks are effective ways of facilitating better decision making. Europe is currently ...

  • 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 ...

  • Compensating for re-directed flooding

    Flood prevention actions can redirect flooding to another location. A new French survey indicates that current local compensation policies to deal with this situation may be financially unviable. It suggests more practical solutions would involve insurance schemes and state intervention, as well as local water management institutions. The EU Directive on the Assessment and Management of Flood ...

  • French glacier flood threat

    French authorities began draining a lake trapped beneath a glacier in the Mont Blanc Alpine range last week, in order to protect thousands of people in the valley below from potential flooding. Draining the main cavity at a rate of 50 cubic metres per hour, working round the clock, will take until October. The reservoir of water, roughly the volume of 20 Olympic-size pools, was discovered by ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

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