Flooding technology highly commended at awards

Issued on 18/5/17 at 3:50 p.m.

A real-time flood project to support emergency responders was a finalist at Loughborough University’s Enterprise Awards last night (Wednesday 17 May, 2017).

The project, which was nominated for the category of ‘developing innovative technologies to meet global challenges’, was highly commended for devising techniques for high-resolution urban flood nowcasting - a technology for predicting floods up to 48 hours away.

The system funded by Natural Environment Research Council, uses live visualisation tools for emergency services to plan routes that avoid flooded areas, or to strategically place their equipment.

Partners including Leicester City Council and Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Prepared – the Local Resilience Forum, as well as Atkins Global; Cabinet Office; Department for Communities and Local Government; Environment Agency; the Met Office; and Transport Scotland, have tested the systems effectiveness.

Leicestershire Police’s Chief Constable, Simon Cole, Chair of LLR Prepared, said: “For Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland flooding is a key risk and it is really important that we have systems and technologies in place to deal with this risk.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Loughborough University on this project. For me the ultimate test is that the system has been proven by those who deal with flooding and they thought the system was useful. We can now put this into practice to help decision making for real time flooding.

“I am really proud the project has been highly commended at the Enterprise Awards and would like to thank everyone involved.”

The awards form part of the week-long business continuity awareness campaign to encourage businesses to maximise their cyber resilience, which is being driven by LLR Prepared alongside Nottinghamshire’s Local Resilience Forum, Derbyshire Prepared and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. To find out more visit www.llrprepared.org.uk .

You can find out more about the flood risk project and the Enterprise Awards by visiting http://www.lboro.ac.uk/enterprise/enterprise-awards/one-to-watch/flood-risks/ .

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