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A flood is an overflow of water that submerges land which is usually dry. The European Union (EU) Floods Directive defines a flood as a covering by water of land not normally covered by water. In the sense of “flowing water”, the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Flooding may occur as an overflow of water from water bodies, such as a river or lake, in which the water overtops or breaks levees, resulting in some of that water escaping its usual boundaries,[3] or it may occur due to an accumulation of rainwater on saturated ground in an areal flood.

America’s Hurricane Warning System

America’s Hurricane Warning System

Think of a hurricane, and what usually comes to mind first are high-speed winds. However, 90% of direct hurricane-related deaths are caused by water-related injuries, including storm surge, rainfall flooding, high surf, and deaths just offshore, according to researchers at the National Hurricane Center.

“Giant Toilets You’re Unable to Flush”

“Giant Toilets You’re Unable to Flush”

After the devastating floods from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we’re hearing a lot about the houses and other structures that have been destroyed. But what if your house was flooded and is salvageable? It’s not only water you’re dealing with—which would be bad enough—but also the many toxins and pathogens

“Unlawful Government Takings”

“Unlawful Government Takings”

Among the many, many flooded homes in Houston after Hurricane Harvey are some for which the owners say the government is responsible. A group of homeowners is suing both the Army Corps of Engineers and the San Jacinto River Authority for releasing water from a reservoir—water, they say, that damaged

Tracking the Storm

Tracking the Storm

Think of a hurricane, and what usually comes to mind first are high-speed winds. However, 90% of direct hurricane-related deaths are caused by water-related injuries, including storm surge, rainfall flooding, high surf, and deaths just offshore, according to researchers at the National Hurricane Center.

Reducing Coastal Erosion

Reducing Coastal Erosion

There is a saying that the only thing constant in life is change. In the realm of coastal environments, nothing could be more true. The shifting winds, the tides, and rains are what has created the often beautiful vistas of coastal landscape, the diversity of habitats and ecosystems: stones ground

Famous Last Words: “I Can Make It”

Famous Last Words: “I Can Make It”

This one hit home for me because of the location, but it’s a scenario that unfortunately plays out all too often during the summer. Just days ago in Arizona, the local sheriff’s department plucked two stranded hikers from a flooded canyon by helicopter. I grew up in that area and

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

In Miami Beach, FL, people sometimes must navigate streets wearing boots because during weather events, the streets get flooded twice a day for a couple of hours, notes Jayantha Obeysekera, chief modeler for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).

Strengthening Shorelines With Hard Armor

Strengthening Shorelines With Hard Armor

Perhaps the slopes are too steep. Perhaps the current is too strong. Perhaps both, and maybe some other challenging site conditions exist as well. Some projects along bodies of water require extra-strong measures to stop erosion. One of those projects is in Idaho.

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