Need To Prevent Rather Than Just Respond To Flooding/What We Can Do To Prevent Local Flooding
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As rate of climate change continues to increase, more frequent and intense extreme weather conditions are expected in the future. According to FEMA, flooding is the most common natural disaster in United States. It can happen any where, not only near rivers and creeks, after heavy rains, snow melt, and hurricanes. So, let’s take a look at various ways to help prevent floods.
Wednesday’s, April 12, 2023, storm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, marked the rainiest day in the city’s history and a 1,000-year rain event. CBS News senior weather producer David Parkinson explains more about this rare weather phenomenon, in the video published on April 13, 2023, by CBS News, as “What causes a 1,000-year rain event?” below:
Let’s see what we can do to help prevent local flooding and build better cities and future.
How should cities prepare for extreme flooding like we’ve seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma? Dutch water expert Henk Ovink says his country has grappled with water issues for years and has lessons for the planet, in the video published on Oct 16, 2017, by CBC News: The National, as “How cities can prevent flood disasters | A Dutch water expert weights in“, below:
As climate scientists say powerful storms will be more frequent in the future, damage from hurricanes could be lessened with stormwater management, in the video published on April 21, 2019, by 60 Minutes, as “Earth Day: A Dutch solution may mitigate flood damage“, below:
Windmills are more than just a traditional part of the Dutch landscape; they have played a key role in the war Holland has waged against the sea for centuries. Today the Dutch are using ever-more innovative methods to combat rising sea levels, strategies that may also benefit other nations confronting the effects of climate change. Martha Teichner reports. Originally broadcast on May 21, 2017, in the video published on Aug 27, 2017, by CBS Sunday Morning, as “Lessons from Holland on fighting rising sea levels“, below:
Our Future of Living on the Water – Floating Cities? Go to Our Future of Living on the Water – Floating Cities?” below:to sign up for free. And also, the first 200 people will get 20% off their annual premium membership. As sea levels rise, 800 million people from across 570 cities may have to relocate by 2050. But instead of relocating the people, what if we moved our cities instead? Someone is…floating…the idea of building an island city over the ocean. But is this Waterworld just a fantasy or will we see some of these technologies emerge back on dry land?, in the video published on July 27, 2021, by Undecided with Matt Ferrell, as “
How to prevent local flooding produced by The Rye Nature Center and The Westchester Community Foundation, in the video published on Oct 24, 2009, by Peter Berman, as “Flood Control: WHAT YOU CAN DO“, below:
I. Trees Help to Prevent Flooding: This video explores the role of trees and forests in reducing runoff, flooding, and water pollution. As stormwater becomes an increasing issue for our communities, trees help to reduce stormwater runoff through their structure and function in an urban ecosystem. Learn how large leafy canopies intercept rainfall and transpire water back into the atmosphere and complete the water cycle, while removing pollutants and increasing the infiltration of rainfall into surrounding soils. Stormwater management can be greatly improved by promoting tree canopy cover in communities, in the video published on Feb 22, 2023, by Penn State Extension, as “How Do Trees Reduce Stormwater & Flooding?” below:
Stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution, especially in cities where storm and sanitary sewers are combined. Adding a rain barrel can help reduce stormwater runoff and it’s free water for your plants. The DEP recently held a series of workshops to teach area residents how to install their own rain barrel, in the video published on July 10, 2017, by Environment Matters, as “Rain Barrels Reduce Stormwater Runoff“, below:
Learn how to use sandbags and flood bags to prevent flooding from severe weather, in the video published on July 20, 2019, as : “How To Use Sandbags to Prevent Flooding | Severe Weather Guide“, below
Fifty metres under Tokyo lies a subterranean world — 6.4 kilometres of tunnels, water tanks and massive pillars constructed to withstand 200 tonnes of water per second. This engineering marvel built to protect the ever-present threat of Tokyo flooding, in the video published on Oct 28, 2014, by ABC Science, as “Tokyo Flood Prevention | Insane underground tunnel system in Japan!” below:
Cities turning themselves into sponges? See how cities like Berlin are leading the trend. With Future Explored host, Tom Carroll,in the video published on April 28, 2022, by Freethink, as “Sponge cities: a solarpunk future by 2030 | Future Explored by Freethink“, below:
A huge thank you to Brook and her team from 5,700 Gallons of RAINWATER STORAGE at the Homestead!”, below:as well as the Sweetwater Authority for the grants to help fund this urban water capture project, in the video published on May 27, 2021, by Epic Homesteading, as “
Some of the HOA’s in Central Florida would only allow rainwater collection or storage below ground, as cistern. Worry not, if you need any help with installing a below ground cistern for rainwater collection, Aquascape has trained and certified multiple businesses in Central Florida (such as: The Great Oasis & Site Pros Landscaping) to design and install cisterns and rain barrels for rainwater collection. If each and every neighborhood in Florida and USA would have many trees, green roofs, cisterns or rain barrels and rain gardens and water-friendly surfaces in place, it would dramatically reduce the chance of flooding in many many regions.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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