Flood Resilience and Planning: How do we manage flood risks?
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Flooding is the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters and is a threat in every part of the world primarily where rainfall occurs. Over the last 25 years, 99% U.S. counties have been impacted by a flood event (FEMA). In 2021 the number of flood-related fatalities in the U.S. has already more than doubled compared to 2020 (NOAA). All this means that being prepared for potential water-related hazards is not only smart, but crucial for communities in order to protect lives and safeguard property and infrastructure.
Whether you’re involved in urban planning and development, Stormwater & Wastewater operations, or water resources management, improving our understanding of the threats of extreme weather and flooding potential is highly important in taking measures to make our communities flood-resilient and safe.
Today, an array of sophisticated technologies, systems, software, methods, and tools is available to us that provide a better understanding of rainfall and hydrology, flood frequency and magnitude, and the associated flood risks.
This Flood Resilience and Planning guide provides insight on how we can better prepare, design, and plan for flooding events, improve resiliency, and employ technologies that help protect lives and property.