Flood Vulnerability Assessments for Everyone: Considering Flood Resilience for All Development Experiencing Extreme Precipitation in a Changing Climate
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. EDT
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This presentation will summarize a straightforward desktop flood vulnerability assessment approach used on existing and proposed developments from commercial facilities to large power sites. The days of being safe from flooding because a site is distant from the nearest stream or coastline have ended. The presentation will discuss some instances where sites have flooded due to local intense precipitation (a.k.a., “cloudbursts” or extreme precipitation), in addition to more “traditional” riverine and coastal flood mechanisms. The lessons learned from these instances include an analysis of the conditions that created the problems, the regulatory and insurance drivers forcing the sites to respond, and the advantages of proactive management to avoid flood related problems. The flood vulnerability assessment summary will include the steps to quickly compile existing information to understand, at a baseline level, site-level flood risks. The presentation will also summarize various approaches for improving or creating flood resiliency without compromising the functionality of the site facility.
Bill Nechamen, email@example.com