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Flooding resilience: avoidance, resistance and recovery

15 Jun 2011
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Where: Seminar room 505, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HG
Times: 11:00 - 12:30


Prof Sue Roaf of Heriot Watt University takes a visit to Elgin, a former cathedral city in the North of Scotland, to examine the different approaches to flood management.  Elgin has suffered a great deal in recent years with repeated flooding, forcing residents out of their homes and damaging local businesses.  Other general aspects of flood resilience are also discussed, including the different approaches to planning, the use of SUDS, and the importance of building recovery after a flooding event.

In this webcast we interview David Gowans and Peter Haslam of the Moray council’s flood alleviation project who explain the engineering approaches of diversion and attenuation.  They introduce the concept of flood risk, defining it as a function of probability and impact, and describe the specific measures being taken in Elgin to try and mitigate against future flooding episodes.

Mike Donaghy is an environmental consultant who explains how councils such as Aberdeenshire, and also Moray, are now moving towards Natural Flood Management.  Natural Flood Management involves working with the natural landscape to turn moorlands and farmlands into more efficient water stores, to reduce local flooding. 

Gavin George from Floodguards describes products that offer building level flood protection, including a “floodguard” seal systems to stop the flow of waters in through doors, windows and vents of properties – empowering homeowners to add flood resilience to their own properties.

He explains the need for a  holistic approach – taking into consideration the strength of concrete foundations, sealing access points (doors, windows, vents), reverse-flow valves on drainage and the need for neighbours and party walls to be included in an individual assessment.

We visit one local businessman who has invested over £200,000 in flood mitigation measures including a peripheral levee and wall, a moveable floodgate, drainage valves and a pumping system – all in response to his last insurance claim for over £1,000,000.  In the most recent flood in his area, his business continued without damage.

Climate Change is already causing us to experience more and more extreme weather events, with heavy flooding being one of the most lethal, expensive and frequent. Elgin has suffered from several catastrophic floods in recent years.  The financial, and the human cost of flooding are seen here to be very high and a strong message from all sides in the film is that no future developments in the flood plain should be allowed without very good reasons. 



Prof Sue Roaf, Heriot Watt University


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