Why flood maps are important
Have you ever travelled to a new city or country and wondered how to find your bearings? A few years ago, I had to leave the confines of my comfort zone to ask a stranger for step-by-step directions to my destination. With the emergence of apps like Google Maps, we are suddenly looking like residents in a foreign destination, we no longer ask for directions as we regularly glance at our smartphones or tablet devices for automatic updates from our maps.
Maps are important in life. We need a guide or a prompt to make the right decisions. This is also important in the area of flooding. Flooding has become a problem in the UK and also the USA with places like New Orleans, Oklahoma and Texas. Whilst maps may not always be able to accurately predict the future of a flood occurring, it does provides rich historical data, which helps us gain a better understanding of the areas that are at risk of flooding.
The Environmental agency provides a rich array of data in the form of a map, which expresses places that are at risk of flooding. This data indicates the number of places that are at risk of being flooded in each parliamentary constituency. The Environmental agency also provides a historic flood map that indicates the maximum extent of past flooding. Like Robert Kiyosaki stated: “The best way to predict the future is to study the past or prognosticate.” A flood map, therefore, helps us to understand the past in a bid to predict the future.
The flood map comprises of variables such as historic flooding, homes at risk of flooding, flood defences, homes at risks from coastal erosion and flood pictures. A more accurate flood map is believed to be beneficial to individuals, communities and society at large. It is believed that flood maps are used approximately 30 million times a year by government institutions, insurance agents, land developers, community planners, property owners and a host of others.
Google map has helped us a great deal in life, by providing direction in moments of confusion. In the same regard, a flood map provides us with insights when we are considering buying, developing or renting a property.
At Hydro Cleansing, we have an extensive experience in flooding. We deliver a wide range of services that encompasses and deals with every stage of flooding. You can contact our hotline on 0800 740 8888 for expert advice.