News for: Flooding

Floods and dredging - a reality check

Friday, February 28, 2020

Is dredging an answer to the recent flooding? A reality check

When major floods occur, like this winter, there is a commonly heard call to “dredge the rivers!” as a solution. Here’s a quick run through why it’s not the solution many want it to be, with reference to a report we published following the winter 2013/14 floods which impacted the Somerset Levels particularly badly, amongst other areas, and led to extensive calls for more dredging as a solution.

Weatherwatch: floods can be controlled by natural means

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Flooding has become a big issue after large parts of Yorkshire and Derbyshire were left underwater after huge rainfall totals in the last week.

There have been calls for more flood defences but flood walls, gates and ditches tend to push flood waters from one place to another. Instead, there is a growing recognition that floods can also be controlled by natural means.

Exeter Flood Protection Project uses Rock Mattresses as an ecologically sensitive alternative to traditional gabions and blockstone

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

As part of the second phase of the Exeter Flood Protection works BAM Nuttall installed a new flood compensation area. The original design was modified, reducing the quantity of block stone along the waterline by installing Salix's 250mm deep Ready-filled Rock Mattress.

BAM Nuttall found that the installation of the Ready-filled Rock Mattress revetment was a value engineering solution due to the speed of installation and lower cost, replacing the initial blockstone design.

Present and Future Flood Vulnerability, Risk and Disadvantage

Monday, July 10, 2017

Two-thirds of cities experiencing relative economic decline face above average flood disadvantage according to new research by Sayers and Partners for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report, Present and Future Flood Vulnerability, Risk and Disadvantage: A UK Assessment highlight how flood risks interact with social vulnerability across the UK to create flood disadvantage, an issue which will be exacerbated by climate change.


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