Time to Rethink Floodproofing

In addition to the hurricanes 
and catastrophic floods making national headlines, a damaging flood happens frequently in the United States, caused by heavy rainfall, dam failures, land development runoff, drainage problems, inland remnants of tropical storms, or many other conditions. Flooding is the country’s leading cause of deaths related 
to severe weather. Additionally, almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a flood disaster.Given the devastating effects, it is time to rethink how we approach the mitigation of flooding’s impact. To that end, this article examines the current situation—from regulations and floodplain management basics to the role of standards in improving buildings’ resiliency in the face of potential disaster. It examines traditional dry floodproofing challenges with respect to setup efficiency while exploring the benefits of newer ‘soft’ technologies.

The NYC Subway Is Still Getting Ready for the Next Hurricane Sandy

"...To repair and floodproof these tunnels NYC Transit has awarded 63 contracts so far, 37 of which have been completed. One of these contracts went to ILC-Dover, among the handful of firms contracted to come up with retrofitted coverings for the thousands of varyingly-sized openings (stairways, grates, manholes, elevators, and escalators, etc.) which need to be plugged. ILC-Dover addressed this issue with its “point of storage” technology."

Del. company unveils flood protection technology

The technology would be placed in strategic locations, such as underground subway systems or tunnels where there is water flowing and flooding is possible. The tunnel plugs will be pre-installed in a compacted container and can easily be deployed in the event of flooding threat. During Tuesday's unveiling, engineers also showcased other flood protection solutions, such as flex gates and flex walls. "They can be used anywhere, it can go around any building or to be attached to any building that is at risk at flooding,"