The Dangers of FLASH Flooding


A topical video for parts of the UK, especially for Sheffield yesterday.

My wish would be to have the ‘force field’ which is saving the video presenter.

But Flooding is no joke for it will certainly cause substantial damage and maybe deaths, so flooding is not to be taken lightly.

Some footage relating to the flooding in Sheffield UK on Thursday 7 November 2019

Video footage shows flooding on Sheffield roads as amber weather warning issued : The Star

Sheffield flooding: Torrential rain leaves city flooded : BBC News

UK flooding: Dozens spend night in Sheffield Meadowhall shopping centre : BBC News

Roads across Sheffield closed as floods continue to wreak havoc : The Star

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However, we are living in the age of Global Warming and Climate Change, so, in reality, is flooding more likely to occur more often, I am afraid the answer will be yes.

Now Flash Flooding will occur at a moment in time and, in time the flooding will subside and then it is the ‘clear up stage’ followed by the reality to make good the damage, which is certainly to be costly.

If we view the expected rise in sea levels, then the low-lying coastal areas and maybe even more inland will be permanently flooded, causing excessive loss of habitable and serviceable land, and even of more concern of loss of life.

Now what can be done?

With FLASH flooding, then every authority in possible areas of flooding should immediately, if not even earlier, look at their flood defences. But also, the maintenance of existing drainage provision, ensuring they are free of clutter and debris. This includes any drainage gullies, sewers and other such structures. When it comes to rivers also ensure riverbanks are constantly maintained to ensure they do not collapse and certainly ensure the full length of all rivers are free of rubbish and other debris.

Also, no building of forms of accommodations, which should be seen as no do/go areas, on known ‘flood plains’. However, due to lack of suitable land on which to build, some authorities within the UK have allowed such building and then, surprise, surprise!! when the flooding occurs.

Who in their right mind would even consider purchasing property on a known flood plain?, but many do, but is it due to lack of information, which, if so, should be a instance on those who were in the knowledge of such information to be sued , on which there should be no limit on the time scale in which such proceedings could be taken. the liability to be placed on persons as well as organisations, this would cover Directors of companies who cease trading and close their companies, and in many instances, just create a new company in a different name.
Flooding and the changes in climate and environment have to be taken seriously and cannot be ignored, if it is then persons need to be held accountable, even if they are still not in Office.

This US heartland has been flooded for five months. Does anyone care? | US news | The Guardian


Dating back to late February, about 550,000 acres of land have been underwater in the rural Yazoo backwater area of the lower Mississippi delta. About half of the acreage is farmland, creating devastating effects in a region where agriculture is the lifeblood of the economy. While flooding in the region is common, this year’s floodwater has hung around longer than ever.

 

Source: This US heartland has been flooded for five months. Does anyone care? | US news | The Guardian

Climate crisis: flooding threat ‘may force UK towns to be abandoned’ | Environment | The Guardian


Entire communities might need to be moved away from coasts and rivers as the UK takes urgent action to prepare for an average global temperature rise of 4C, the Environment Agency warned.

The agency said on Thursday that difficult decisions would have to be taken in the coming years to make sure the UK was resilient amid flooding that would not be held back by higher land defences.

Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the agency, set out the regulator’s long-term strategy for tackling flooding and coastal change, which, she said, was a preparation for a 4C rise in global temperatures. The rise is far in excess of the target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels set in the legally binding Paris Agreement of 2015.

“The coastline has never stayed in the same place and there have always been floods, but climate change is increasing and accelerating these threats,” said Howard Boyd. “We can’t win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high flood defences. We need to develop consistent standards for flood and coastal resilience in England that help communities better understand their risk and give them more control about how to adapt and respond.”

The strategy text says the approach to flood protection and assessing risk had to change. “We need to act now without delay … we need to apply a different philosophy.”

 

Source: Climate crisis: flooding threat ‘may force UK towns to be abandoned’ | Environment | The Guardian

It’s a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly | Michael E Mann | Opinion | The Guardian


We can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it

Source: It’s a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly | Michael E Mann | Opinion | The Guardian

Thousands more homes built despite flood risk warnings : i NEWS.


Within this article is there not some misunderstandings of the respective authorities. Surely responsibility for planning is a local government responsibility and generally the Government.

But that being said no housing should be built on flood plains, unless safeguards are incorporated in the planning process.

Hurricane Sandy-level flooding is rising so sharply that it could become normal | Environment | The Guardian


Findings of research into hurricanes, the spread of wildfires and the early arrival of spring show an America that is already in the grip of climate change

Source: Hurricane Sandy-level flooding is rising so sharply that it could become normal | Environment | The Guardian