A Guide to Surface Water Drainage and Flooding
Surface water also known as rainwater, storm-water or run off is channelled through roof gutters, downspouts and road gullies into surface water drainage which then generally runs into the nearest watercourse.
Surface water flooding occurs when there is a surplus of surface water via rain or melted snow and ice. On soft surfaces such as grass and soil, water may be absorbed in the land, but increasing urbanisation has reduced soft land, so there is less surface to absorb rainfall. In extreme weather incidents, the land gets saturated and when heavy rainfall follows heavy rainfall, the water table stays high and the water simply has nowhere to go. The result, flooding.
Time and time again we see flash floods devastating communities: residents being rescued from rising waters, possessions ruined, cars washed away, roads collapsing, homes and businesses made inhabitable and, on occasion, lives lost. A grim reminder that we’re at the mercy of the elements.
Within this guide you will find key insights into the following areas:
- What you can do to help prevent surface water flooding
- What the government is doing about flooding
- Information about where your responsibility lies
- Legal policies and legislation
- Case studies from Lanes, demonstrating how we can help you (should you need it)
- A detailed infographic on the journey of clean water. You can also download this separately.
To get all this information all you have to do is make sure that you download your FREE copy of our Surface Water and Flooding Best Practice Guide.