Tag: flood damage

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, or it may occur due to an accumulation of rainwater on saturated ground in an areal flood. While the size of a lake or other body of water will vary with seasonal changes in precipitation and snow melt, these changes in size are unlikely to be considered significant unless they flood property or drown domestic animals.

Challenges to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Challenges to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Challenges to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have been increasing in intensity for years. If the NFIP is not reauthorized by elected federal officials by the September 30 deadline—something still undetermined as we go to press with this article—existing flood insurance policies will remain intact, but new ones cannot

Paying for Damages

Paying for Damages

Challenges to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have been increasing in intensity for years. If the NFIP is not reauthorized by elected federal officials by the September 30 deadline—something still undetermined as we go to press with this article—existing flood insurance policies will remain intact, but new ones cannot

Excellence in Operational and Design in Water Infrastructure Honored

Excellence in Operational and Design in Water Infrastructure Honored

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the 2017 WEF Awards recipients for operational and design excellence.

These awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the water environment profession.

“The Water Environment Federation is extremely proud to honor these examples of top-of-industry excellence in operations and

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

Elements of Critical Power Systems and Their Management

A single power interruption can cripple a healthy company, says Bhavesh Patel, director of marketing of Emerson’s ASCO Power business. “Not having adequate onsite power can be the ‘Achilles heel’ of a business, but the controls for operating, monitoring, diagnosing, and producing a variety of mandatory reports on these power

Not Over Yet

Not Over Yet

The storm itself has passed, but many people on the East Coast are still dealing with Hurricane Matthew’s effects—with possibly worse to come. Floodwaters continue to rise in some areas as the water the storm dropped on land is now making its way back to the ocean.

As of this writing,

Project Profile: Flood-Prone Community Bound for Greatness

Project Profile: Flood-Prone Community Bound for Greatness

In September 1999, before becoming mayor of the Borough of Bound Brook, NJ, Robert Fazen woke up to the sound of helicopters hovering over his house. He soon realized they were news helicopters televising the flood damage caused by Tropical Storm Floyd.

“Downtown Bound Brook was like a war zone with

Reader Profile: Ken MacKenzie

Reader Profile: Ken MacKenzie

It was beer that led Ken MacKenzie, P.E., CFM, to his job as master planning manager for the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) in Denver, CO. Years ago, he became proficient in home-brewing beer, fascinated by its biological, chemical, and physical processes. In his ongoing efforts for better

Keeping the Plant Running

Keeping the Plant Running

Disasters such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina have taught water utilities that emergency planning and well-maintained backup systems are critical to limiting the devastating impact of plant failures. But what are the components of a good plan andmaintenance program? We posed that question to water system managers who survived

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

Stabilizing Hillsides and Creek Bottoms

The rolling landscape of Scott County, MN, is rural but not particularly remote. “That area is farm country, and the Minnesota River goes through the entire area. On the top of the bluffs it’s farmland, but at the river, the elevation drops about 200 feet in 800 feet,” says Paul

Spillway Flood Control

Spillway Flood Control

Michigan Spillway Flood Control Project
Vast amounts of moisture—both heavy snow and rainfall—have been falling on the flat, rural Red River basin in North Dakota and Minnesota for the past 25 years, says Ben Varnson, chairman of the Nelson County Water Resource District in North Dakota.

Ten inches of rain can fall

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