What is causing the flooding that we have experienced in the past few years?
How can we manage the flood risk more effectively?
More trees and conservation of woodland - Conservation and preservation of trees and woodland areas is of paramount importance. Trees and woodland areas provide shade and shelter for us as well as much needed oxygen in the air that we breath. Trees help to absorb excess water and will facilitate in helping to prevent flooding.
How can we be adequately protected from flooding when all the trees and forests are being cut down? How can trees help to protect us when they are being cut down to make room for housing developments? Conservation of wooded/forest areas is important in order to keep the ecological balance.
Trees help to regulate the environment and balance the eco-system by providing us with fresh oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide, therefore we need woodland areas to be preserved not sold off to the highest bidder for housing developments etc. This is just common sense to me.
As mentioned above, blocked drains filled with rubbish, leaves and paper will not allow water to escape effectively in the event of heavy rainfall or snow causing low level flooding in general.
|Blocked drain full of leaves|
Flood barriers - The use of sophisticated flood barriers to shield areas that are prone to flooding. This is mainly effective to deflect water where there are rivers, lakes and large bodies of water.
I have been looking at other ways that floods can be prevented and remembered a number of dams that I have read about, one of them being the Aswan dam in Egypt. I think that in flood prone areas, consideration should be given to building a high dam to prevent flooding. Also this water can then be used to service other areas in need of water when shortages occur.
If you have any other flood control tips, leave a comment.