With climate change comes a greater risk of flooding. This includes areas that may be far away from bodies of water. According to the National Climate Assessment, the amount of rainfall in the US has tremendously increased since 1956, particularly in the country’s eastern half. When you add in the increase in population, the potential for flood damage has never been higher.
What Causes Climate Change
The theory of climate change is that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels increase the temperature in the atmosphere. It acts like a blanket that traps more heat which in turn means more water vapor is present. The result is when it rains, there is more water present which leads to a greater chance of flooding.
This is not only directly through rainfall, but mostly indirectly as creeks, streams, and other small bodies of water become flooded and overflow into neighborhoods and commercial properties. The asphalt and concrete surfaces in urban areas are not permeable, which causes water to quickly build and overflow.
When a great amount of rain falls in a short time, it can cause flash flooding which can also be dangerous. This type of flooding has the ability to move homes off their foundations, fill underground subways, and even destroy roads.
Climate Change Warning & Protection
Technology has provided some warning of imminent flash flooding. The National Weather Service and local news stations can report the potential for damaging rainfall which is known as Flash Flood Watches. When the potential for an area is realized, the watch changes to a Flash Flood Warning which is sent out over television, radio, and the internet.
Protection from flash flooding starts with channels and overflow areas that direct the water away from residential and commercial buildings. Forests, wetlands, and retention ponds can absorb a considerable amount of water if they were dry before the rain starts.
Increasing the size and circumference of underground sewers and pipes can also pull away much of the water to help prevent flooding.
How Brickley Environmental Can Help
If your property has experienced flooding, call the experts at Brickley Environmental. We offer the best in mold remediation services that identify and remove mold that might be growing in your residence, building, or facility. In addition, we offer the following services:
- Asbestos Abatement
- Lead-Based Paint Removal
- Hazardous Waste Removal
- Demolition & More
At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help. Please call and talk to our friendly, courteous staff about the services we provide. We will listen to your needs, answer your questions, and help restore your property back to its original condition.
For more information about flooding, click here to visit the EPA website.