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Mitigating Flood Risk: Strategies for Effective Planning and Solutions

Flooding is one of the most common and destructive natural disasters, and it is only getting worse due to climate change. But what can be done to reduce the damage caused by floods?

01 March 2023 | 3 min read

US

North America

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Forms of flood mitigation

By reducing stormwater runoff and protecting floodplains, green infrastructure can assist in reducing local and riverine flooding. A green infrastructure system is used to prevent flooding from overwhelming pipes and pooling in basements and streets in areas that experience localized flooding because of green infrastructure practices.

Flood mitigation approaches fall into two categories—structural and non-structural. Structural forms of mitigation reduce harm by reconstructing landscapes. They include floodwalls/seawalls, floodgates, levees, and evacuation routes. Non-structural measures reduce damage by removing people and property from risk areas. They include elevated structures, property buyouts, permanent relocation, zoning, subdivision, and building codes. Structural solutions have lost popularity over time as old dams and floodgates have failed.

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Flood mitigation tools

FloodMap is a unique and powerful web application that only RPS can offer. It takes raw data from hydraulic model output files and turns it into an interactive, online map that is easily viewable on any platform.

FloodMap uses powerful Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to support our processes, and our experts use the latest in software to capture, analyze, model, map, and visualize the data. These results come to life through interactive visualizations including velocity particle tracing, flood inundation animations by simulation time step, and swipe block for any hydraulic output values for comparison between different frequency storms and design scenarios.

Flood mitigation solutions and services

RPS engineers, environmental scientists, and infrastructure specialists are designing smarter systems for the future. We do this by combining the latest science, technologies, and our deep technical expertise to develop practical solutions that create shared value for communities and the wider environment. Our services include:

  • Complex hydrologic and hydraulic modeling
  • Watershed planning
  • Flood mitigation design
    • Channel improvements
    • Detention facilities (to reduce flooding or the potential flooding)
  • Stormwater design
  • Around drainage as well as an open channel

Our flood mitigation services are used by a variety of clients including local communities and municipalities, and General Land Offices.

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