Flood Forum 2011

Not as existentially threatening a disaster as the mega-quake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown triple play, but there are some historic floods getting underway up in the mid-west…

My cubicle mate and colleague, Pat Nunnally, who is the Coordinator of the River Life Partnership at UMN, just sent out this message:

Predictions across the Upper Midwest are calling for perhaps-record floods in all of our rivers.  What impacts are the floods having, and what might be the long term effects of the rising waters?  What do government agencies and river organizations think?  What are the experiences of local citizens as well as policy makers?

The University of Minnesota’s River Life Partnership has put together a multi-platform digital flood forum, where we are gathering information, diverse perspectives, and considerations from across the state and region.

Go to http://environment.umn.edu/riverlife/river_floods.html for our main page and an overview of our programs:

  • Follow River Life on Facebook and Twitter, and share your thoughts, photographs, and links to more information.
  • Read the River Talk blog  http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ione/rivertalk for more analytical, thought-provoking commentaries.
  • Follow the links to sites maintained by government agencies, reliable news organizations, and academic/educational institutions as they have all initiated their own flood coverage.
  • Check the River Atlas at www.environment.umn.edu/atlas to see historic photographs, documents, and other interesting stuff.

We intend for these platforms to be as interactive as possible, so email us at rlp@umn.edu to make suggestions, add comments, and recommend additional sources and leads.

If you would, please do forward this message to others who would be interested as well.  And of course, join the discussions through the River Life Facebook and Twitter connections.

From the St. Paul Flood Cam (it seems to refresh each time you load this page)

Sound of Brisbane Flooding

Dan Hill of CityofSound wrote an amazingly lucid post about experiencing the flooding in Queensland and what some of the long term implications for infrastructure and the city might be.

…In less than four years here, I’ve become aware, in a very visceral sense, that Australia suffers extreme weather so regularly that it doesn’t really make sense to talk of it as extreme. When extreme becomes regular is it still extreme?

…But there is nothing around us, barely pavements, and now the connecting infrastructure of roads is so easily compromised. ‘Network redundancy’ is not a particularly motivating term for wider propagation, but it will be an increasingly important idea for Australian cities, whether they like it or not. The flood makes that much clear.

Certainly worth reading the entire post.