Controlling storm water is a major challenge in urban environments, where many surfaces are impermeable. In a city, rain cannot simply soak into the ground and filter into the water table. Enter permeable pavement! (Image and video credit: Practical Engineering)
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Yo, Western Europe is experiencing some nasty flooding
So, as typical for tumblr there's not really any attention for this, but the last couple of days there's been some very very major flooding in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
I'm not talking tiny floods, I'm talking a 3-digit death toll, flooded towns, broken dykes, billions of euros in damages, mandatory evacuations. How? Heavy rain. There was about as much rain in a few hours as you'd normally have in like a months. The Ahr, Volme and Meuse/Maas and Geul and Roer rivers, just to name a few have burst their banks and flooded the surrounding areas.
So far Germany had been hit the hardest with landslides, ravaged towns and a 3-digit death toll. Belgium got away better but even there there are videos going around of rivers through towns, people on their roofs, awaiting evac. In the town of Maaseik (Belgium) there's only a flimsy brick wall and bags of sand holding back the water.
In both Belgium and Luxembourg there have been reports of unsafe drinking water.
Honestly, the Netherlands came away pretty lightly, but even then, the situation in the Limburg province has been declared an official disaster site by the government. Yesterday and the day before Valkenburg flooded and was unreachable for a while. A bridge even collapsed! Venlo and Roermond (two major cities) have been partially evacuated and Maastricht (province capitol) barely escaped the rising water, but barely.
Also, there's a hole in the dyke. I repeat, there's a hole in the dyke!
No seriously, I was just checking the news and it turns out that today one of the dykes in the province of Limburg (Meerssen to be exact) has broken. The surrounding towns are being evacuated right now.
This is crazy. This is the Netherlands we're talking about, best flood defenses in the world, for a flood to be able to puncture the dykes is a Major Feat and an indication this is some Heavy Shit.
Tbh, the river dykes haven't been built to the level of resilience of the sea dykes, but still.
Dating: July 16 2021, afternoon local time
Edit: here's a few liveblogs
NOS Liveblog [July 15] [July 16] (Netherlands) (Dutch)
Bad Münstereifel, a small town near where I live. The western part of Germany and some areas in the Benelux states have been spontaneously flooded after heavy rainfalls all das yesterday (14th July 2021). At least a handful of people died, others are missing. Several villages and districts are still being evacuated. Dam walls are spilling over and even threatening to collapse. A lot streets aren't passable, there's a huge amount of damage. We were without power most of the night, some people still are. I still haven't heard from my grandparents, probably just because mobiles aren't working properly, but I'm a bit worried. What fucking chaos.
Drivers are being asked to avoid any unnecessary travel in B.C. after rainstorms led to mudslides and multiple highway closures throughout the province.
According to DriveBC, a mudslide just after the Great Bear Snowshed poured over the southbound lanes of the Coquihalla with rocky debris covering the road.
At around 10 a.m., Highway 1 was also closed due to a rock slide between Toll Road and Skalula Crescent, north of Yale, B.C. The highway was also closed east of Chilliwack due to a large mudslide through the Herrling Island area.
Rivers often change their course, but they do not always do so gradually. River avulsions are a bit like earthquakes -- they happen suddenly and with disastrous potential. (Video and image credit: Science)
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About a month ago, parts of Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands were flooded, after freak amounts of rain.
Here in Belgium, mostly the region around Liège was hit. The water destroyed thousands of houses and at least 37 people were killed (though locals claim this number should be higher, since people who died a few days after being in the water for hours weren’t being counted).
The floodings affected mostly working class communities, these working class neighbourhoods were built around factories, which, during the industrial boom, were usually built next to the river. More well-off people usually live higher up in the valleys and were less affected.
Immediately after the floods, government politicians came to get their pictures taken and express their sorrow. And then? The help from the government side was sorely lacking, they appointed the Red Cross to be responsible for helping out. The Red Cross then called for people to stay away from the affected areas and simply donate money. Over 14.000 people volunteered to help, but for weeks the Red Cross seemed unable to do anything and only called on about 100-200 volunteers.
Meanwhile, people had no electricity, gas, water, food, ...
So through social media, ordinary people started organizing and, against the advice of the government and the Red Cross, they went to the affected areas with shovels, brooms, clothes, food, ...
Thousands of volunteers went and just started helping cleaning and handing out food to whoever needed it. In the beginning it was chaotic, but more and more volunteers on social media groups started coordinating efforts together with locals to match volunteering offers to demands for help.
We’re now a month later. We can complain about the complete lack of adequate help from the government and NGO’s like the red cross (and we should), but I would like to focus on the enormous efforts that ordinary volunteers did.
Thousands of untrained and unorganized volunteers went to help after a disaster. They were told not to, but they did a better job at it then our government or the Red Cross with huge budgets. While the red cross is handing out sandwiches, other volunteers are making really nice hot meals, handing out iceacream to kids and beers to people who come help clean up.
It says something about the bullshit that governments claim we need them, but in this huge crisis, they seem to be powerless, while people without central leadership are actually doing the needed work.
Right now, a lot of help is still needed. Since there’s not a lot of heavy equipment present (the governments prefer pointing fingers at each other instead of actually sending help), there’s still so much left to clean up, people have been living in destroyed houses for a month now, they still need people to help clean, repair, have a talk with them, ....
So if you’re close to the region, go and help out! Not sure where to start?
This is one of the facebook groups coordinating efforts, or feel free to ask me.
A new study on high tide flooding predicts that the mid-2030s could be catastrophically wet in U.S. coastal regions — and it could stay that way for an entire decade.
Led by members of the NASA Sea Level Change Team from the University of Hawaii, the study says that high tide flooding could happen more frequently on several U.S. coasts. Flooding at high tide, often called nuisance flooding, already occurs with regularity in many coastal communities as water routinely sloshes into streets, yards and businesses.
Two factors could converge to worsen flooding at high tide, the study says: rising sea levels fueled by climate change — and the moon.
I went to Florida for a vacation and someone stole my dog. I cried very very hard and flooded the area. Nobody was willing to help me and everyone was saying things like, "Oh well. What happened happened," and then people made me leave. I went to get gas from a pump, when suddenly my mom looked out the window and told me to pump it quicker. I went to do so and get absolutely destroyed by my dog, who was attached to the leash of her thief. I took that leash off and put her in my car. Then I went home.
Big updates: My apartment flooded yesterday. I now have to replace a bunch of stuff that got ruined/destroyed. I'm heartbroken. I'm exhausted. I spent nearly 24h having panic attacks and trying to clean. I still have more to do. I have to replace some stuff and I cannot afford that right now. Honestly hitting the goal I have on here is enough I just... Please. Please. I'll walk around and upload a video when I'm not so exhausted I'm seeing kinda double and can walk around again.
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Edit: (07/28/2020) I was told to put my PayPal here too. I've been throwing things out and I've lost like 80% of my closet.