Importance of Flood Levees

Known as a dike in European countries, a levee is basically a flood bank or slope that runs parallel to a river. Either natural or man made, a levee helps protect an area from being flooded by serving as a protective dam or wall to the rising river during heavy rains.  However, there are times when levees fail. Sometimes the water from the river is so strong that an actual part of the levee breaks resulting t

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

About 80 years ago, one of the worst flooding in the history of the United States devastated seven states and placed more than 26,000 square miles of land under water. Affected were the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.  The 1927 Mississippi flood began a year before when torrential rains fell in the region. The area experienced extraordinary heavy rains d

Britain’s Flood Resilience Program

A lot of areas in UK are at high risk of being flooded. The series of floods that hit England and Whales these past few months is a testament to that fact. There are an estimated 5 million people and around 470,000 properties in England and Wales situated in flood risk areas.  Floods have always been a major issue in Britain because they happen quite frequently, affects a large number of people, wrecks consid

Flood Related Health Issues

Communicable diseases are, simply put, contagious diseases. They are any disease that can be spread through the air, by direct contact or through contaminated body fluids. Some examples of communicable diseases include diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, malaria, measles, pertussis, tetanus, meningitis, and hepatitis B.  How do these diseases relate to floods? Well, floods can readily increase the spread of com

Threat of Disease Rises with Floods

The recent flooding in the UK, Bangladesh, India, Korea, Indonesia, and now Africa has displaced quite a number of people, damaged a lot of public and private properties, destroyed agricultural crops and livestocks, and crippled the economy of countries.  But the news of these obvious destructions and the lost in human life are not the only effects that we should worry about from flooding of this magnitude. I

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 bathro

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 r

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 r

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 underst

Facts About Hurricane

What is a hurricane? Hurricanes are large tropical storms which can be 600 miles across, carries strong winds that go more than 74 to 200 miles per hour, and huge amounts of rain. The term tropical storm is used to refer to a storm with wind speeds under 74 miles per hour. Anything above is this limit is already considered as a hurricane. A hurricane lasts for only about a week and moves at a speed of 10-20 miles p