Article | May 4, 2016

Is 'Going By The Book' Enough For Flood Mitigation?

Source: Innovyze

By John Howell, Storm & Flood Products Manager

Living near water requires that we plan for situations when we have too much of it. Throughout history we have dealt with flooding when weather events exceed “normal” parameters. Over time we have found different ways to mitigate the risk of flooding, up to a point. Levees, dams, drainage systems, building codes, urban planning; all have a place in reducing risk from flooding. Some of our mitigation strategies have been codified into law. However, rules and regulation, building codes and laws are not enough. Engineers and water professionals need to apply creativity and critical thinking when designing and implementing infrastructure to mitigate flood risk. A recent event in my hometown illustrates this need.