Modern flood management is based on a 3-pillar model, the integration of which allows comprehensive protection for people and capital.
Precaution is manifested here as an important element of a comprehensive protection concept, as no effective damage mitigation can be conducted without corresponding preventive measures in the catchment area and distinct risk awareness on the part of the population.
Structural/technical flood protection should be seen as the “second best solution” although it is unavoidable in most cases. Areas at risk of flooding are often also attractive building land, now home to many people and inestimable material assets. Renaturation of such areas is inconceivable and therefore not an economically viable solution. In such cases, structural flood protection must be created by construction in order to protect these assets.
The third component – integrated management in the case of deployment – is vital. The potentials from the aforementioned elements come together here and are combined through an effective deployment organisation.
Good co-operation between all stakeholders involved, such as disaster management services, rescue services, companies, citizens and many others, is an essential requirement and should be practised continually as far as possible.
On our site, you can find information about the options for flood protection, about functions, procedures and technical basics. Using our case studies, you can find out more about operational flood protection and gain an idea of how the risk is handled in the Rhine catchment area.