Recently the Association of State Flood Plain Managers (ASFPM) Foundation, presented a document called “Urban Flooding – Moving Towards Resilience”. Based in Washington DC, the foundation is comprised of a great many civil engineers whose focus is understanding, and planning for future growth so that it meets the challenges of our society.
The report encapsulates the on-going discussion that is taking place nationally between public and private engineers about government policies relating to urban planning and the flooding problem.
It is anticipated that urban flooding will dramatically increase over the near term as municipal agencies wrestle with how to pay for needed improvements. However, the report goes into deeper issues that face urbanization and the impact rainfall has on it. There is a change coming to how rainfall data is interpreted by planners and designers of municipal facilities. For over 100-years engineers have focused on the 100-year flood as a measure of design success. However, lately, there is abundant evidence that while the 100-year storm is critical for major infrastructure design and construction – the smaller storms happening between 2-year and 10-year frequencies are potentially doing more damage to the built environment.
To get your copy of this flooding study, click here for a free download.