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How to Prevent Flooding in Low-Lying Areas

How to Prevent Flooding in Low-Lying Areas

How to Prevent Flooding in Low-Lying Areas

Water always flows downhill. Consequently, low-lying regions are far more likely to experience severe flooding than more elevated areas. While keeping floods from ever happening is completely impossible, we can and should take measures to minimize the amount of flooding that does occur and prevent extensive damages.

Flood prevention is an interesting science because it’s very difficult to truly prevent a flood from ever occurring. The best we can do is understand which areas are prone to flooding and why, as well as find methods to hold back huge amounts of water. Let’s take a look at how to prevent flooding in low-lying areas.

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Permanent Solutions

Where exactly are the floodwaters coming from? If a nearby river tends to overflow or a lower portion of land fills up quickly in heavy rain, try to give the water somewhere else to go. Drainage systems can divert floodwaters to other bodies of water or to pre-prepared spaces set aside for water retention. More ambitious projects could include constructing dams to control nearby rivers or building walls to prevent water from spreading too far.

Temporary Solutions

If a flood is on the way, there’s no time to construct a dam or dig drainage systems. For a quick method of flood protection, consider an inflatable cofferdam like the Aqua-Barrier. This balloon-like dam fills with water and creates an airtight seal along the ground to keep up to 5 feet of water at bay. Once the floodwaters drain, simply deflate the cofferdam and store it out of the way. This strategy will keep your property safe while you plan for a more permanent solution.

Pro Tip: In addition to flood prevention strategies, make sure you’re prepared for other potential issues. Double-check your flood insurance coverage and make sure important documents are stowed in waterproof containers.

Long-Term Planning

Structures and cofferdams will hold back floodwaters, but for a more sustainable solution, develop a long-term plan to reduce flood risk and minimize damage. Maybe a nearby riverbank is eroding away and allowing water to escape. In this case, focus on soil conservation and shoreline restoration. Improve your local flood warning system if you can and stay aware of how your climate and elevation can put you in an at-risk area.

Keeping Flood Damage to a Minimum

Regular floods are an unfortunate part of life for many parts of the world. Thankfully, there are solutions. Local communities should focus their efforts on developing methods to block the water and be ready to handle floods when they do occur.

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Hurricane Season 2020: What You Need to Know

Hurricane Season 2020: What You Need to Know

With less than a month to spare, it’s time to start getting prepared for this year’s hurricane season. According to the latest predictions, we may be experiencing one of the most active seasons in the last couple of years.

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For coastal communities or those who live near the Gulf Coast, hurricane season brings a number of hardships. It’s hard to predict exactly what tropical storms or hurricanes we might face in the coming months, especially when “above-normal activity” has been predicted. Learn more about this year’s hurricane season and how you can start getting your properties prepared for the elements.

Beginning of Hurricane Season

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season is set to run from June 1 to November 30. While these dates are presumed due to warm summer temperatures and Atlantic ocean weather patterns, it’s important to be prepared year-round. The formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time, especially when temperatures are high.

Active Season Predicted Ahead

Atlantic hurricane activity is expected to ramp up this year, according to recent reports from meteorologists and climate scientists. Factors such as potential La Niña conditions and high sea surface temperatures were at the forefront of April’s forecasts. 

Compared to the 30-year (1981-2010) normalized average of 13 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes, this year’s season forecast is substantially higher. Dr. Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, submitted a forecast predicting 18 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes – one that is Category 3 or higher (115-plus-mph winds) on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Pro Tip: Stay up to date with the latest hurricane news with information from the National Hurricane Center, a government agency dedicated to accurate forecasting.

How to Prepare for Flooding

Are you ready for this year’s hurricane season? In the event of a tropical storm or major hurricane, the threat of high wind speeds, hail damage, and extensive rainfall is unsettling. It’s important to install proper flood protection to keep your properties safe from the destructive elements.

One of the best flood protection solutions is a water-filled dam that can be easily installed and transferred to any location. The user-friendly installation of inflatable dams is a great asset, especially when hurricanes are forecasted with little time to prepare.

Stay Safe this Hurricane Season

Protecting your business and your employees is of utmost importance, especially when major storms can bring flooding, power outages, and road closures. No matter what may come this season, Aqua-Barrier is committed to providing you with the solutions you need to stay safe. Design a flood barrier to fit your specific location’s requirements so that you can be prepared for any hurricane making landfall near you.

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How Can Urban Construction Cause Soil Erosion?

How Can Urban Construction Cause Soil Erosion?

Unlike ever before, the world population is growing and new communities are being developed across large cities. According to a recent survey, nearly 4.1 billion people live in urban areas and 3.4 billion people live in rural areas. This means that over half of the world (55%) now live in cities and outlying suburbs. Understanding how urban construction can cause soil erosion is important, especially as the construction industry continues to grow.

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Erosion Effects of Urbanization

In rural and urban areas, soil erosion can be viewed quite differently. Although many acres of land remain untouched by humans, rural areas experience erosion that affects vegetable and natural weathering. Urban areas, in contrast, experiencing soil erosion can face potential flooding and air pollution due to the limited amount of space. In order to prevent erosion in your construction projects, it’s important to understand the various erosion effects that often result.

  • Sedimentation
  • Air & Water Pollution
  • Land Disturbance

Sedimentation

Sedimentation occurs when soil or sand particles gather at the bottom of a body of water. In urban settings, construction sites generally introduce large amounts of concrete and toxic building materials into an environment. When weather patterns carry these particles to nearby rivers, lakes, and streams, it can be destructive for society. Unfortunately, a buildup of sediment in urban storm drains increases the risk of major flooding.

Air & Water Pollution

As new developments are constructed, decreased air quality and water runoff is a major concern. Urbanization brings a number of polluting substances that inevitably enter the water streams of nearby bodies of water. Between infecting drinking water and affecting aquatic life, health problems can result because of nearby urban construction.

Land Disturbance

Above all, the effect of soil erosion associated with suburban development is the disturbance of land. Large office buildings, residential communities, and transportation systems all required moving tons of topsoil to make room for the new construction. Not only does this increase the risk of sedimentation, but it completely alters the natural environment of vegetation and wildlife.

Pro Tip: If you’re working near a body of water, weather conditions can spread your construction site materials. Install a water-inflated dam to keep water from entering your worksite.

Erosion & Flood Control Solutions

Our population will continue to grow, and the number of towns and cities will keep increasing during our lifetime. It’s important for urban construction projects to understand the risks associated with soil erosion and plan accordingly. Having a flood control system that will minimize the amount of disruption from your projects is an important place to start.

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Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Types of Floods & How to Prepare

Flooding occurs when there is a temporary overflowing of water in areas that are typically dry. According to the Red Cross, floods are one of the most frequent and costly natural disasters in our country. Floods can occur in any U.S. state or territory and can leave behind destruction, and even death. Business owners should be aware that flooding can destroy both property and irreplaceable data. Click To Tweet

Various Type of Floods

You might not know this, but there are a number of different types of floods. It is important to learn the risks of each type of flood in order to properly prepare. Here are the five different kinds of floods that can affect you.

River Floods

If you live near a river, there is a chance that it will exceed its capacity. River, also known as fluvial flooding, is caused by an overabundance of rain, heavy snow, or ice jams. Flash floods can also cause river floods, which are highly destructive and dangerous due to the force of the water’s flow. Overbank flooding can occur in all streams and rivers and the overflow can affect smaller rivers downstream.

Coastal Floods

Coastal floods happen in coastal areas and are caused by higher than average tides, and worsened by heavy rains and winds. In coastal areas with lower elevation, coastal flooding has been known to occur multiple times a year.

Flash Floods

Flash floods occur when there has been excessive rainfall in a short period of time. They are typically characterized by torrents of heavy rain and can happen in a flash. They can happen in minutes or over a few hours of heavy rainfall. Flash floods usually occur in six hours or less.

Storm Surge

Storm surges are another type of coastal flooding that is caused by strong storms such as tropical storms or hurricanes. Storm surges are characterized by strong winds, heavy downpours, and low atmospheric pressure that can cause tides to swell by 30 feet or more, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

Inland Flooding

While coastal flooding happens along the coast, inland flooding happens, yes, you guessed it–inland. Inland flood risks can occur over several days of heavy rain, which causes the soil to become oversaturated and it can’t hold any more water. Rivers can also flood through inland flooding, putting life and property at risk.

Preparing for Different Types of Floods

Climate change models show that severe weather will continue, putting millions at risk of experiencing a flood. Understanding the different types of floods and learning which ones can affect you is the first step in preparing. Make sure to discuss with your family what to do in a flooding event, and also consider flood insurance. Another great way to protect your business is to invest in a WIPP®, or Water Inflated Property Protector.  A WIPP creates the ultimate flood barrier and prevents evasive water from damaging your property.

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How to Ensure Flood Resilience

How to Ensure Flood Resilience

In 2017, the number of floods across the United States was disastrous. Between Hurricane Harvey impacting most of the gulf coast, Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects on Puerto Rico, and the record-level high-waters in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, floods affected millions of people and destroyed homes, businesses, and lives. Building flood resilience is imperative in keeping people, businesses, and communities safe. Click To Tweet

Enhance Flood Resilience

In many cities across the United States, flood risk is real and it is important for communities and businesses to come up with a viable disaster risk reduction plan. With these top tips for ensuring flood resilience, the impact of floods will be less, causing minimal damage, if any.

Community Hazard Mitigation Plan

Community planning and communication is key to a productive flood resilience plan. The community needs to make sure there is a comprehensive flood plan in place, along with hazard elements. This plan should cover flood and erosion-prone areas, and be approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Invest In Infrastructure

Investing in infrastructure can be extremely useful in ensuring flood resilience Investments can help with dispersing flood waters, and also in preventing secondary events, such as dams bursting or levee failures. Infrastructure improvements need to be worked into the community budget for bridges, culvert, and levee repairs.

Early Warning Systems

An effective early warning system should be a top priority in ensuring flood resilience. Warning systems should be people-centered and clearly understood. These warnings help keep people safe and, early action can be a major element of disaster risk reduction.

Prepare for the Aftermath

Being prepared for a flooding disaster and its aftermath can also help limit the damage. Funding and support efforts to rebuild are essential to post-event challenges. A comprehensive plan to discourage building in flooded areas should be avoided, or the elevation should be properly built up.

Flood Preparedness

There are, with today’s technological advancements, more opportunities to predict where flooding disasters will occur. This allows industrial and commercial areas to prepare with flood protection tools, like the WIPP® (Water Inflated Property Protector), which help maximize protection during flooding events. The WIPP is the ultimate flood barrier to guard areas and properties from the devastation floods produce.

Flood Resilience Program  

Floods affect more people than any other natural disaster, causing social and economic loss. On average, 250 million people globally are affected by floods each year. By following the above advice, you can help prevent and avoid tragedy.

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