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Flood Prevention Tips For Towns and Buildings

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Floodwaters in a Pembroke Pines, FL building

Flood Prevention Tips For Towns and Buildings

All the scientific evidence points to an unstable climate pattern in the future. For example, a high tide can cause the same amount of flooding as an intense hurricane from 50 years ago. That’s why people need to up their flood prevention game, especially those living in Pembroke Pines, FL  and other flood-prone areas in the nation.
Here are some solutions for urban flooding:

  • Use permeable sidewalks and gardens
  • Separate rainwater from the sewer system
  • Replace sea walls with waterfront parks

Sustainable Drainage

Towns are made of so much concrete that nearly all downpours result in flooding as everyone directs their stormwater to the same sewer system. To solve this issue, people should use permeable materials when building sidewalks, driveways, and gardens. That will reduce the amount of wastewater and support plant life as well.

Separate Stormwater From Sewer Lines

When floodwater gets into the sewer lines, the result is an overwhelmed wastewater treatment system. That could result in a nasty sewer backup, which translates to an emergency flood cleaning exercise. For this reason, some towns have a separate stormwater system that is designed to relieve the sewer drain. That opens up the possibility of water harvesting and also plays a significant role in flood prevention.

Replace Sea Walls with Waterfronts Parks

The Dutch have always advocated living with water instead of trying to keep it out, and they are right. Sea walls cost a fortune, and they seem to be one of the leading causes of the dwindling turtle populations. Waterfront parks, on the other hand, are eco-friendly in every way. They also give the engineers a chance to decide where to direct the excess water.
It’s no secret that flood prevention efforts will become harder in the future as the ocean rises and the weather becomes more unpredictable. For now, everybody should hope for the best and plan for the worst.

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