Are flooding risks getting worse? According to this New York Times article that’s an affirmative yes, water levels are rising and chemical sites are in the path.
What does this mean for toxic spills like those that happened in Texas during Hurricane Harvey and released lye from chemicals plants? Floods also cause emergency disasters like benzene escaping from Ohio refineries and phosphoric acid leaking from Florida fertilizer plants.
More and more scientific reports claim that flooding will worsen in the USA as a result of global climate change, rising sea levels, as well as increased hurricanes and coastal storms.
New FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) maps feature updates on flood insurance rates. This story describes the results and actions to take based on this knowledge in areas around New Orleans, Louisiana.
And on the other side of the country, there are flood advisories in effect for Oahu, Hawai’i. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings.
The increasing risk of flooding could also be due to decades of urban development, like office parks, roads, malls and neighborhoods growing even farther apart. This PBS story discusses how decisions by developers, individuals, local, state, and federal government have made for more flood risks over the decades in the areas around Houston, Texas.
What Can You and We Do About Growing Flood Risks and Rising Water Levels?
Smart Cities in the USA, like those in Virginia on the East Coast, continue to deploy more flood warning systems.
Have a look at these flood warning systems deployed in the field in the states.
These IoT system devices use ultrasonic and radar sensors to measure real-time water levels and upload readings to Tools.Valarm.net.
Flood monitoring systems are rapidly deployable. They are quite flexible since IoT water level sensor information can be uploaded to the cloud via mobile cell network, ethernet, WiFi or other internet connectivity options.
The water level monitoring systems are powered by the means that makes the most sense for the scenario, whether that’s standard 110V mains power or solar panel power.
Thank you for reading about our increasing flooding risks and what we can do about dangerous water levels.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions about remotely monitoring sensors, flood warning systems, water wells, flow meters, water level telemetry, or anything else related to Industrial IoT.