Archive for the ‘Flood’ Category

How Does Flood Insurance Work

The recent flooding in the UK left a lot of homes and properties damaged. But some residents are finding it difficult to move on with their lives especially with the issue of insurance renewals hanging over their heads. A particular news item brought this issue to my attention. Apparently, a couple in Worcester got their homes flooded when River Severn overflew. The couple’s living room and downstairs bathroom were overwhelmed by flood waters late last month. Now the couple was scheduled to rene…

Satellite Aided Flood Forecasts

The collaboration of inter agencies, in particular the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the US, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), have resulted into developing a new system of forecasting floods. By combining elements of weather forecasts, satellite observations, river gauges, and hydrologic modeling techniques, the system can predict when major rivers would start to swell providing relatively advanced warnings for people that w…

What Are Floodplains?

You’ve heard of or have read about the word “floodplain” before, maybe in this site, in news articles, or in any other sites. But what is a floodplain? It is actually a flat area of land that is next to a stream or a river that is frequently or occasionally being flooded. The flat area of land can either be dry or semi-dry area, but as long as water naturally flows in these areas when water levels rise, these areas are considered as floodplains. The frequent flooding of an area help shape the fl…

Flood Warning Service in Australia

Flood warnings work best if they remain simple. Placing too complicated definitions behind warning signals only causes confusion among the public. This is why some governments failed in their flood warning systems. Also a factor is the process on how they arrive with specific warning signals. Agencies and other organizations involve in the overall government flood control and warning network might not have understood the full concept of their own warning system causing inadequate or wrong warnin…

Massive Flood In Britain

People are already saying it, the recent floods that hit Britain were the worst ones to hit the country in the last 60 years. The floods that happened in late July were a culmination of events that started of months before. The month of April was the hottest April on record in Great Britain. Most of the country received practically little or no rain for the whole month. Then when June came, rain poured in and it poured in hard. Immediately, dozens of homes in villages like Cornish of Boscastle b…

Bangladesh & India Struggle as Floods

According news reports and relief efforts, more than 20 million people have been affected by floods in South Asia due to torrential monsoon rains. Most of the victims and the bulk of the damage can be isolated to two countries, Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh is one of the most flood-prone countries in the region. An estimated 80 million people are said be vulnerable to flooding each year. India, on the other hand, has not less than 40 million hectares at risk from annual floods from monsoon ra…

Driving Through Floodwaters

I was watching a short video clip the other day which reminded me of how hard-headed and stupid humans can sometimes get. The video showed a lady driving into an obviously deep flooded road. And as expected, her car’s engine stopped where the floodwaters is about knee-deep. We have seen this kind of situation time and time again. We know that we should not enter flooded roads, especially deep flooded ones, and yet when we are presented with such a predicament we always think that we can outdo th…

Effects of Ubanization on Flood Control

Urbanization is good. Paved roads, tall buildings, better industrial, commercial and even residential real estates. Urban planners project growth when areas are urbanized and developed. All is well since most often than not, cities grow, businesses flourish, people generally become happy. But there’s one thing that urban planners despite their experience fail to anticipate (or do they just ignore it?), drainage systems. It can be a small thing but when water runoffs begin to surge in, a huge dis…

Flood Proofing Techniques

Despite the seeming necessity of using flood proofing techniques, there are a number of factors that you first need to take into serious consideration before you decide on which flood proofing technique you need to employ. In a nutshell, flood proofing depends on the individual property owners’ financial situation, lifestyle, the severity of the flooding problem in their area, and how they will utilize the property that is being affected by the flood as well as after whatever resulting improveme…

Climate Change Spells Food Disaster

This is a subject matter that I’ve been avoiding for weeks. It is actually a broad topic and writing about it means delving into a smörgåsbord of issues that have been addressed by world organizations, media groups, environment advocates, and governments in the past. I will not pretend to be an expert on the matter but I will write what I’ve read about, what I know, and will give my humble opinions. Climate change is something that we all have heard about but not all of us really understand what…