Management of Flash Floods

Flood Management Tool Series, Technical Document No. 16 ¦ 2012

This tool provides an overview of approaches and practical actions to reduce disaster risks associated with flash floods. Flood forecasting and warning are expected to play an important role in flash flood management though there are scientific and technical limits to provide accurate and timely warnings. Spatial planning and flood proofing can also reduce risk of exposure. These require flood hazard mapping to assess the risk of flash floods and an appropriate legal framework to integrate (flash) flood management planning and spatial planning. Participatory approach can identify areas at risk, facilitate the finding of acceptable solutions, increase the knowledge and awareness about flash flood risk and encourage the acceptance of the proposed solutions by the local populations.

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