5 storm surge barriers closed because of heavy weather

Delta Works keep Holland dry during storm

this is the storm barrier Oosterschelde, the biggest of the storm surge barriers in the Netherlands

For the first time in the Dutch history, water managers decided to close all storm surge barriers in the country:

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Flood resilience project Alexandria

Flooding Alexandria

Damage of water flood in Alexandria after heavy rainfall

A new approach, the Anticipatory Flood Management (AFMA), will be used to make the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria better prepared for severe flooding. 

Dutch-based educational institute IHE Delft will lead a project.

The project will serve as an example for many other cities in the Arab region to make the switch from responding to anticipating to a disastrous flood. Read More

Storm Axel worst German flooding in decades

Storm Axel worst German flooding in decades

The port city’s historic fish market, which lies directly on the harbour, was filled with knee-deep water, while cars and busses driving along the water front flooded through the high tides.

Flooded streets and basements, cars underwater, dams overwhelmed – storm Axel brought great damage to parts of the Baltic coast in Germany last Wednesday.

The northern states of Germany had to survive a hurricane force storm; the worst flooding in eleven years. 

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Reduce risks storming water

Flood, industry, risk management, climate change, stormwater, hurricanes

The US President has declared a federal disaster for the storms and floods that struck 8 counties of Iowa during late August 2016.

Storming Water costs lives and a lot of money. Last winter, more than 15,000 homes and businesses in just eight council areas in the USA were flooded, a survey has revealed.

In October, the US President has declared a federal disaster for storming water and floods that struck 8 countries during late August 2016

The research for the Local Government Association found that councils were still helping flood-hit homes recover.

Councils are encouraging people to check if they are at risk of flooding this year, to sign up to flood warnings and make sure their homes are prepared. Read More

UK households without power after floodings

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Royal Lancaster infirmary running on generator after flooded substation cuts electricity to 55000 homes and businesses in north Lancashire.

Floodings hit tens of thousands of homes in the region of Lancaster in western England. Households don’t have electricity. 

According to the BBC, the majority of 55,000 homes in and around Lancaster are without power. Read More

Porous concrete for save dry roads

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Porous concrete on roads means: less traffic noise and the end of splashing water and aquaplaning

In Europe we know this permeable or porous concrete saves may lives during the year. Why? Because the road stays dry, even with stormy weather. And we will face an increasing lot of storms the upcoming years.

A lot of countries don’t invest in permeable concrete. But maybe this system will change their minds.

Porous

Porous concrete on roads means: less traffic noise and the end of splashing water and aquaplaning

The average motorist appreciates the comfort of the porous coating. But there are also disadvantages:

  • higher costs for construction
  • less skid resistance of the road surface immediately after installation
  • reconcilable problems in combating snow and ice

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Tbilisi citizens swept away in a fast-flowing river

Flash floods, Flooding, Georgie, Europe, Climate Change, River

Fierce flooding leave zoo animals stranded in Tbilisi

A flood occurred in the Vere River valley in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, on the night of 14 June 2015.

Heavy rainfall caused at least twelve death people.

At least 30f people are still missing after being swept away in a fast-flowing river. Read More

Japan transforms to a ‘hydrogen society’

Japan, new energy, hydrogen, climate change

Japan leads the race for a hydrogen

After Fukushima, Japan (and Germany) changed it’s energy policy drastic. No nucleair energy any more for this country.

They now focus on hydrogen as a way to transform to a hydrogen society.  Read More

The Netherlands gets climate proof

Netherlands, climate proof

1500 kilometers of dikes will be increased, broadened and/or strengthened

The Dutch government is assigning 20,000 million euro (25,784 million USD) to save the Netherlands against sea and especially river flooding. According to the Dutch Delta program, every citizen will be protected against climate change. This plan lowers the risk for flooding to 1 per 100,000 years.

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Florida’s fears of further beach erosion and coastal flooding

Coastal erosion costs Florida millions a year

Climate change causes a lot of damage in Florida

Decades after Congress sought to curb the federal costs of coastal management, several agencies are encouraging communities to apply for aid to protect shores with sand replenishment, bulkheads, breakwaters and rock embankments.

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Scientists warn for more floods

Scientists warn for more floods

Simulations warn: be prepared for more floods.

Researchers at the Met Office and Newcastle University have warned that global warming will lead to an increase in summer downpours and flash flooding.

This study is the first to make a direct link between increasing global temperatures and summer flooding. Read More

Earthquakes, river flooding, cyclones and tsunamis: world’s 10 riskiest cities

CHILE EARTHQUAKE

Powerful quake hits Chile, sparks 2-metre tsunami april 2014

What are the world’s riskiest cities when it comes to natural disasters? A reinsurance company set out to assess 616 cities around the world for their risk of earthquake, hurricanes and cyclones, storm surge, river flooding and tsunami. Here are Swiss Re’s overall top 10 most risky cities.  Read More