Flood Hazards of Urban Development

The term Flood refers to a natural occurrence, which occurs when a body of water overflows. Many causes of a flood include too much rain, melting snow, or both. In some cases, the soil itself can cause a flood because it isn’t deep enough to absorb all of the rainwater. If this happens, the extra water will simply flow into the river. During winter, extra water is exacerbated by warm weather, which melts snow before the ground thaws.

Natural occurrences

Floods are the most common natural disasters. This type of flood occurs when large bodies of water submerge land, such as rivers and streams. They can be caused by sudden snowmelt or rain, or even a tropical cyclone’s storm surge. Floods are devastating and can destroy critical infrastructure and personal property. Floods are particularly destructive to those who live in floodplains and do not have flood warning systems.

Frequent floods bring many benefits to communities. Flood waters can recharge ground water and improve soil fertility in some areas. Flood waters also kill pests in agriculture, which is important in arid climates. Furthermore, freshwater floods help maintain ecosystems in floodplains and river corridors. They can increase lake biomass and improve fisheries for a few years. Natural occurrences during floods have the potential to affect the economy and the welfare of a region.


During the planning stage of a development project, flood maps are extremely useful because they are a convenient and quick way to provide basic information about floods. Moreover, because they represent floodplain areas, they can easily accommodate time and cost constraints. They also help the planners learn flood-related terminology and concepts. This chapter will cover the flood hazards of urban development, including flood mapping and its applications. It will also help them understand the implications of floods for the proposed development.

Satellite and aircraft data have been widely used in flood mapping. Flood maps can be created by combining historical data with satellite images and aerial photographs. These data are also useful for the process of integrated development planning. These maps help planners and policy makers determine which areas are more likely to flood. Using satellite data and historical records, they can identify areas at risk for flooding. This information can then be used to plan future development strategies and mitigate damage.


Flooding occurs during periods of heavy rainfall and melts snow. This increases surface run-off and often damages infrastructure, but there are also positive impacts. Water-logged floodplains are great places for farming, as they absorb rain and turn it into soil. The problem with flooding is that low-income countries are more likely to experience it than high-income nations, primarily because they do not have the resources to prevent it. Furthermore, they often depend on agriculture for their food supply. Hence, fertile floodplains have a high population density.

In areas known as floodplains, flooding can occur during heavy rains or when storms create long waves. It can also occur when drainage channels become overwhelmed by the excess water and overflow natural banks. Several factors, including heavy snow melt, water saturation of ground, and altered drainage systems, can lead to flooding. As a result, floodplains are lifelines for surrounding areas. They are critical for preserving water resources. But despite the potential damage, flooding is a natural occurrence.


The government has promised to assist homeowners affected by flooding by providing PS5,000 grants to help them install flood-resistance measures, such as raised floors. These grants will come into effect on 1 April 2014.

Flooding can occur because of a number of causes, including heavy rain and strong winds over water. In addition, flooding may also result from unusually high tides and the failure of dams. In coastal areas, melting snow and ice can cause rivers and other bodies of water to overflow, causing flooding. Regardless of the cause, it is crucial to protect your home from flooding by taking steps to prevent it. Here are some tips for preventing flooding.

First and foremost, floods can be devastating to the economy and society. The damage caused by floods includes damage to infrastructure, loss of life, and damage to property. Rapid runoff can erode soil and destroy wildlife habitats. High and prolonged floods may disrupt roads and bridges, compromising vehicle traffic and economic land use. Water navigation may also be disrupted, affecting hydroelectric power and other infrastructure. The financial costs of repairing and rebuilding affected areas are typically in the millions of dollars.