FloodHack 16 - Building the challenges
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This is an area where we will work together to collaboratively define our challenges for FloodHack 16.
It will include:
  • Understanding the stages of flood risk management & recording contributed experiences
  • Existing inspiration & prototypes / projects
  • Potential open & licensed data sources
  • Understanding the experiences of those who are coming along
Running Order  
Simon Redding's intro slides:

Stages of Flooding (with problems & ideas)

  • Purpose: 
Prepare for potential events by understanding risk scenarios, communicating & planning how communities & authorities can respond to potential eventualities in joined up ways
  • Problems
Finding out what flood actions groups, flood warden groups and community resilience groups exist and importantly where is a challenge. These do not appear in a digital form allowing an individual to search their area, find out what groups exist, their purpose and importantly participate. 
Understanding & sharing models. 
Some work done by Environment Agency at https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding
  • Ideas
  1. Create a searchable map which lists the community action groups/warden groups from across the UK. Enable groups to get in touch with each other - share flood plans, resilience techniques, experiences and how they are reducing their flood risk. Enable organisations such as the National Flood Forum who hold information on these groups around the UK to populate this as well as the groups themselves. Enable this to be syndicated to local authority websites, online tools (www.eyeoncalderdale.com) and ideally, plugged into the GOV.UK service https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/ - i.e. postcode search brings up warnings but also which community groups are operating in your area. [We are checking what data we can provide for the Hack to enable this - *update - Jon Fallows (EA) has provided a list & postcode of flood warden groups in Yorkshire plus an example flood plan for Garforth, Leeds.
  1. Models that reference key historic floods in living memory, or key locations in the local community (e.g. the river is 3 inches deeper than the 2012 floods; it'll flood in town when the old bridge is up to its arches)
  • The Environment Agency is currently creating a database of flood impact levels and contextual data for each flood warning area that can be related to one of the EA river level gauges:
  • The intention will be to provide more contextual data alongside these river level gauges as well as including this information in warnings and to forecast flood impacts. The challenge is relating the impacts - 'road X floods at this level', 'X bridge is closed at this level' to the gauge and specifically the time at which that impact was identified. It is expected the database of flood impacts will become open data. How can we increase the number and quality of impact thresholds?
  • I fed some data into the above point from our area. At the time going to work like a thermometer. With a sliding scale for river level and pictures would appear from past events as well as details of impacts as the river level crossed the threshold. If something like this was to be open to the public to submit data too it would require lots of verification and the likes to assure the information inputted was accurate. 
Paul Simkins & Paul Connell: Cross Sector Business Case - Focus on Health.
  • what is the impact of Flooding on Health & Social Care Budgets?
  • £ Investment Flood Resilience = £ Saved on Health & Social Care.