Planning & Management

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398056 - The Water Is Rising – Scalable, Reliable, and Relevant Flood Warning & Forecasting Supporting First Responders

Tuesday, June 5
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Greenway GH
Co-Authors: Andrew Yung, The Woodlands – Walter P Moore

Changes in climate are resulting in more extreme events, both in terms of rainfall intensities or lack thereof, as well as additional uncertainty in spatial and temporal rainfall distribution. The challenge and need for effective Flood Warning Systems has never been greater. Each community’s flood risk is unique, and therefore there is no silver bullet or one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to Flood Warning Systems.
Walter P Moore and Associates (WPM), in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), is developing scalable Flood Warning & Forecasting Systems which will enable City Emergency Managers to identify areas of inundation based on real-time rainfall information and allow the timely dispatch of first responders to close roads, evacuate, shelter-in-place, and/or begin rescue operations. Our approach generally includes a half-day workshop with City staff to determine user base, information needs, and how the data will inform decision-making and emergency response actions. Based on community needs and available data, the systems can range from simple tools to real-time, fully dynamic modeling and mapping.
This presentation will start with the need for Flood Warning Systems, technical challenges associated with response time and forecasting, community involvement, and the building blocks of a useful system. The authors will then demonstrate the variety of data needs, user groups, and features of an operational Flood Warning System which can be tailored to the specific needs of individual communities. Given the challenges and importance of disseminating reliable and relevant flood warning information to the public, the opportunities of fusing social-media into Flood Warning Systems will be discussed in the presentation.

James D. Keith, PE, CFM

Senior Associate / Water Resources Practice Leader
Walter P Moore

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