Published in NC Currents: Storm Damage Risk Reduction – Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps

June 9, 2019 John Take

A look at the top 10 factors coastal communities should consider and address in future builds to reduce hurricane storm damage risk

 

In this article for NC Currents, John Take—Stantec’s North American Water Business Leader—discusses hurricane storm damage risk reduction, lessons learned from prior major events, and risk factors that coastal communities should consider and address in future builds.

Hurricane storm damage risk reduction is a significant and growing challenge around the world. In the United States, slower moving and wetter tropical storm events are combining with a surging coastal exposure population to cause more damage than ever before. In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria combined to cause the most expensive year of damage seen in the last 38 hurricane seasons.

Locally, the Carolinas coastal counties—which have more than doubled their population since 1980—were hit with Category 1 strength winds in 2018 when Hurricane Florence lingered over the area wreaking havoc with its flood inducing rainfalls.

Our challenge within the Water community should be to share pertinent lessons learned from prior major events such as Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in 2005.

Read the full article published in NC Currents.

About the Author

John Take

John Take serves as the vice president and sub-sector lead for conveyance. He believes the coaching and mentoring of staff leads to the continuous improvement of business skills and technical knowledge, resulting in higher quality services.

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