Paris is flooding, and it should give us reason to pause and reflect on whether our cities are prepared for the impact of climate change.
Thousands were displaced from their homes into government and church-run shelters, often narrowly escaping with their lives in boats rowed by French sailors. Neighborhood merchants put wooden tables along the streets to create improvised walkways allowing people to move through the flood zone. Barrels from wine warehouses situated along the riverbank were pushed out into the Seine's channel and crashed into bridge supports downstream.
More than 100 years later, Paris is once again flooding, a kind of wintertime high-water ritual that frequently plagues the city. While it's nothing like that earlier flood, the water is expected to crest at nearly 20 feet, shy of the 1910 record but still bad enough to shut down the subway, close the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, which sit on the river's banks, stop river traffic and push people from their homes.
As in 1910, Paris will recover, but the routine flooding there should be a lesson to other cities. Forgetting what happened is too dangerous because as cities such as Paris face certain dangers in the future, failing to see what has been possible will deprive them of essential knowledge about how to face future environmental and technical threats.
A century ago, the severity of Paris' flood was the result of conditions created by major urban redevelopment, population growth and new construction. The city's new sewer system, built a few decades earlier, moved water underneath the streets and into homes.
When shocked residents found water in their basements, they pulled the drain plugs hoping to release it into the sewer. Instead, they allowed more water to invade their homes. Water coursed through a subway tunnel still under construction, carrying the Seine into neighborhoods in which no one expected it to go. The choices Paris had made about where to locate infrastructure and how to shape the city's environment unwittingly increased the severity of the flood. The city got in the way of natural processes and made the situation worse.
Throughout the world in our own time, cities are more prone to disasters than ever. Coastal cities see routine flooding where they once saw it only occasionally. In Miami, for instance, the average water height has been slowly increasing, so it takes much less water to flood neighborhoods than in years past. Chronic flooding in towns along the Eastern US shore and in parts of Louisiana's Gulf Coast is causing many communities to consider how they might respond, including relocating.
This manual comes in two parts, the first part explains why we might get flooding or be flooded, the second part explains what you can do about it and how to actually start protecting yourself and your property. Designed for the whole family, not just technically minded experts, but the whole family, that means Mum, Dad, and kids alike will be able to read it, understand it, and enjoy reading it. It allows any one to take advantage of the information, so that if you are out at the time of the flood warning then those who are at home will be able to follow the easy to understand instructions and put in place the basic protection needed to keep the worse of the flood water out of your home.
What you will learn.
Being unprepared for the onslaught of storms and floods will put you in danger, even if you have experienced it before. If you live on a flood plain, near a river, by the coast or even in an urban neighbourhood and flood waters starts to rises there will be very little that you can do. The feeling of terror will be overwhelming and your main thought will be to flee to safety and to protect yourself, while leaving everything that you have worked for to the mercy of the weather. When you have been flooded water will be everywhere in your home, and it isn’t just a simple case of drying it out. There's the damage, the stench and the filth from the rivers and the sewages, the loss of personal belongings and property such as photographs, collections, memoirs, heirlooms, items that are irreplaceable causing you heartache and stress, also there’s the worry of diseases or even worse the lost of life. Faced with this level of destruction to your life, family, and property wouldn’t you want to know what to do when torrential storms and
floods are forecasted?
A fully comprehensive manual that teaches you in plain English everything from start to finish. This manual is dedicated to teaching you everything that you will need to know and do. It contains detailed information on how to protect your home, yourself and others, covering issues such as what steps you should be taking and how to complete them, how to recognises the first signs of flooding, what to do when you do realise that flooding is imminent and what to do if you are caught in a flood, as well as devising flood plans, insurance, drying out techniques, detail explanation of the dangers of water and it’s effect, flood protection equipment, early warning systems, Information and Emergency Hot Lines. It is packed full of information with of all the things you should know to protect yourself, your family and your property, as well as your treasured valuables. Avoid those costly mistakes and save yourself thousands of pounds and months of heartache and misery. It’s not enough to think that it won’t happen to you. When you are informed with the right information then you can make the right decisions about how you are going to protect yourself from the dangers of flooding. It is packed with information, and is a must have for all those who are vulnerable to the dangers of flooding. DON’T GET CAUGHT UNPREPARED!
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Even though this book is classified for ages 9-12, younger children might be able to read this as well.