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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Delta Areas protected by Int. Coalition

Delta Areas protected by Int. Coalition

Women plant mangroves to protect the land against Sea Level Rising
Mangrove, the tree that captures carbon, filters saltwater, and stops storms

Delta Areas will be protected by an International Coalition.

That’s the result of the international climate conference ‘Adaptation Futures’, May 11th in Rotterdam.

Countries agreed to work together to create resilient urban delta areas against a rising sea level rising because of the climate change. 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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Chaotic situations because of storm in Japan

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Catastrophe in Japan because of floods

In Japan, floods have caused devastations. Torrential rains are associated with former Tropical Storm Etau shifted north after dumping unprecedented rainfall on parts of eastern Japan, last Wednesday and Thursday.

More than a hundred thousand people had to flee because of the high water, which sometimes even carried houses along.
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New dossier: Flood Risk Management for Industries and Flood Solutions

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Many companies are asking themselves whether they have entered a “new normal,” and which steps they should take – and when – to build resilience to these increased risks.

The recent increase in costly extreme weather events has provided a clear signal to many companies of the near-term risks associated with climate change.

Water Risk Management is getting top priority for industries, businesses, hospitals and (local) governments. 

Especially for business managers, we have made an overview of:

  1. Water Risk Management in 4 steps – what strategy and measurements can be taken
  2. Trends and Finding Reports
  3. Overview latest flood protecting solutions
  4. Water storage systems to protect you from stormwater
  5. Promising systems
  6. Lessons from Hurricane Sandy and more

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Tbilisi citizens swept away in a fast-flowing river

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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

Billions for waterworks to make the Netherlands climate proof

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The Delta Program is like a kitchen where new recipes are developed, which then could also be highlighted on the international market.

The next years billions of euros will be spent on waterworks which will make the Netherlands climate proof.

Investments that are not confined to the increase of one dike, but also focus on a regional approach.

An approach that encourages cooperation, and shines the light on the specialized knowledge from the Dutch. Read More

Texas flood death toll rises to 24

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Flood Waters Threaten To Break Padera Dam Texas

Persistent rain has resulted in the US state of Texas for more flooding. This past week certainly 24 people were killed by the storms and rising waters, 13 people are still missing.

US President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in the state.

In May, enough rain fell to cover Texas 8 inches deep.

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Antarctica: Glaciers are melting dangerously fast

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Satellite images taken between 2002 and 2010 showed that glaciers remained about the same size. But since 2009 it is different.

Glaciers in parts of the Antarctic that was thought to remain stable since 2009, have been melting dangerously fast. A group of researchers wrote this in the journal Science, published yesterday.

According to the scientists, the water level is increasing to dangerous levels for the coasts from New York to Shanghai.

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Lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy

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National Audit Office warns: be prepared for more floods.

Sandy was actually predicted by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (UK), a week before it arrived.

But, in the wake of superstorm Sandy, much of New York City was plunged into darkness.

What can we learn from this big floodings in New York? Read More

Is New York saved from the rising sea level?

Climate change, adapting, water management, infrastructure, architecture

Adding in green infrastructure systems is not only good for managing water, but also good for communities.

Large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level. They deal with it every day. But they are not the only once.

New York is also figuring out how te respond to major climate disasters like the rising sea level and future hurricanes. 

The first 3 actions are:

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Dutch experts provide drainage refugee camp in South Sudan

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Residents of flooded protection site for people displaced by violence cross waist-high water as

More than fifty thousand people in a swampy area of ​​seventy acres that is totally flooding during the rainy season total.

That is the residence of refugees in the civil war-torn South Sudan Bentiu town.

A team of hydraulic engineers, has been working to improve the drainage of this refugee camp. Read More

Dutch Water Experts in worldwide Flood Team

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA's campus

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA’s campus

Dutch Flood Experts will join an international flood crisis team during flood disasters.

This special stuffed facility can provide quick and efficient help during the first phase after a major disaster.

They will give flood advices to bring people to safety. Read More

Water Risk Management should be Key Priority for companies

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Hospital Generators Failed in Hurricane Sandy

Companies and public organisations like hospitals, still don’t focus on corporate water risks as largely external to the company. 

However, with demand set to increase even further by 55% in 2050 (OECD Outlook 2050) and deteriorating water quality (OECD, Anthony Cox), companies are facing the need to expand their perspectives. Read More

UK Opens Flood Professional Training Centre

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This flood barrier is protected under patent application and is a tailor-made, multi purpose solution to combat flood risk worldwide

As a result of the heavy floods in 2014, the UK starts a training centre for flood professionals.

The training centre will ensure they can satisfy the increased demand and will set industrial benchmarks for flood defense installation standards to reduce risks in the future.  Read More

Building with nature to protect the coast of Colombia

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Colombian institute Invemar started collaboration with Dutch engineers to combat coastal erosion

In order to protect the Colombian coast against erosion a team of Colombian and Dutch engineers have decided for beach nourishment.

A ‘sandy wall’ in front of the coast will protect the coastline between the mouth of the Río Magdalena river and the town of Ciénaga. By sand replenishment and especially natural forces such as wind and sea to do her job, a natural buffer in turn may arise.

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Roadmap with proven integrated and sustainable water resource approach

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Sustainable water management cycle

Water is world wide a fundamental resource challenge.

Also for California – with its very fast growing cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Water planning and management is a critical underpinning of California’s economy and environment.

This roadmap ensures an integrated and sustainable water resource approach.

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Five million homes in England are at risk of flooding

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National Audit Office warns: be prepared for more floods.

Five million homes in England are at risk of flooding and the government’s own assessment shows climate change is increasing the risk by driving more extreme weather. That’s the conclusion of The National Audit Office (NAO) report published October 5th 2014. “Every £1 spent on flood defences prevented almost £10 in damage”, the report noted. “So ad-hoc emergency spending is less good value than sustained maintenance.” Read More

How to involve communities with water management? IFIS / Iowa makes it happen

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Citizens are warned for floods in IOWA USA

The Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) platform gives civilians access community-based flood conditions, forecasts, visualizations, inundation maps and flood-related data, information, and applications. 

The IFIS helps communities make better-informed decisions on the occurrence of floods, and alerts communities in advance to help minimize damage of floods. Read More

Excellent Development – ‘Sand Dams’ in Kenya

Excellent works with community self-help groups in semi-arid Africa to improve their environment sustainably. Effective soil and water conservation enable improved water supply, food security, health and incomes. Find out more about Sand Dams here:

Without engineers the world would be in big trouble

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Without engineers the world would be in big trouble

During a water conference in the Netherlands, Wu Jianmin, Vice-chairman of the Chinese Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy, mentioned the Dutch engineering sector as  “Small country, big achievements.

And “Without engineers the world would be in big trouble.”

In his speech he forecasted 3 mega trends:
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Water scarcity will hit hundreds of millions of additional people by 2100

Climate change, water shortage, clean drinking water, Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 11, 2014 – The governor of the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has asked for emergency clearance to siphon the remaining water out of the main reservoir serving Sao Paulo city, which has almost run dry. After nine months of unprecedented drought, 95% of the water has gone

Recent reports from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) and the White House are showing the consequences of climate change. 

Water scarcity will hit hundreds of millions of additional people by 2100.

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World Bank gives the Dutch prominent role in addressing global water issues

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The WorldBank supports also Brazil with the Interaguas Project towards an integrated approach of water management.

The World Bank wants to give the Netherlands a more active role in advising on real solutions to address the global water challenges. Read More

WorldBank project Brazil Federal Integrated Water – Interaquas – money lost?

Interaguas Project, WorldBank, Brazil, Water crisis, Dehydration

The WorldBank supports Brazil with the Interaguas Project towards an integrated approach of water management. Still there is a Water Crisis going on.

The objective of the Federal Integrated Water Sector –Interaguas Project – is to supports the Government of Brazil to improve the coordination and strengthen the capacity among key federal institutions in the water sector toward an integrated approach. It started in 2011

 

Where did the US$ 107.33 million go to? We don’t see any progress!

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