Promoting Sustainability: Innovations In Flood Management

Pacific Rim Real Estate Society
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings from the PRRES Conference, 2016, pp. 1 - 9
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Problem/Purpose: Developing flood preparation and mitigation plans is of increasing importance in Australian cities, particularly since the devastating Queensland floods of 2010 and Victorian floods of 2011. Local planning is generally more effective than national planning as the factors that impact areas including weather patterns, geography, and population density vary widely by region. This study comprehensively analyses aspects of flood preparation, mitigation, and relief plans in two coastal cities in the United States and offers those strategies as approaches that can be implemented in flood-prone areas of Australia. The case studies provided here include King County, Washington and Galveston, Texas. King County, Washington, home to the city of Seattle, is notable for its highly rated disaster mitigation plan while Galveston is regularly subject to seasonal hurricanes and flooding issues. Design/methodology/approach: Using a case study approach, this research investigates innovative approaches to flood management used in the United States. Findings: The research offers several best practice approaches to flood management that can be implemented in flood-prone areas in Australia. Research limitations/implications: The solutions investigated were overseas and some adjustment may be necessary considering the different political climates and land regulations of Australia. Takeaway for practice: Flooding events in Australia have increased in the past decade, and each has had an increasing economic impact from damage to the built environment. This paper offers alternative approaches to flood management, which, if implemented, may reduce the social and economic impacts of future flooding events. Originality/value: This paper offers alternative flood mitigation and disaster preparedness strategies for use by Australian policy-makers, planning and property professionals. We investigate and present responsible, pro-active approaches to flood management that have the potential to reduce the social and economic impacts of future flooding events.
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