RESEARCH: SOUTHWEST LAKE MICHIGAN REGIONAL FLASH FLOOD MONITORING

Road closed due to floodingFlood vulnerability due to flash flood events is dependent on the resilience of communities and its infrastructure. Having detailed, forecasted awareness of the potential for flash flooding could allow communities enough time to implement response plans and deploy essential resources. The timing, magnitude, and location of these events are dependent upon more than how much rainfall is predicted or occurs. By incorporating information about the surrounding evenronment, including atmospheric and soil conditions leading up to the rainfall event, increased confidence and awareness of risk can be provided.

Truck plowing through flooded streetSponsored by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, this project is a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Climate and atmospheric scientists explored historical data to improve near real-time climate modeling and forecast models to provide resources that will highlight locations across the region at an operational scale for where flash flooding events are more likely to occur.

Phase 1:  Land-use analysis of flash flood risk factors

Thumbnail of flash flood risk map   thumbnail of urban area with local storm reports

Phase 2:  Flash flood monitoring of risk based on recent conditions

[ coming soon ]

Phase 3:  Flash flood risk forecasts

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