Results and Downloads

The main aim of Floodcom was to share a set of practical solutions with project partners across the 2Seas area to make flood risk areas safer to live and work in. Floodcom also explored how to engage with local communities and communicate with them why flooding occurs and the need to develop flood alleviation schemes.

Floodcom partners had developed implemented, shared and disseminated experiences of flood defences with interesting results and solutions to flooding:

Waterweegen en Zeekanaal NV had built a tested pumping station in Antwerp, Belgium details of the project are provided in the video while Institution Interdepartementale des Wateringues, in St Omer, France had updated and modernised their water data monitoring system with extensive explanations of their work in the video. Both organisations had developed their Case Studies which are available in English, French and Dutch.

Chelmsford City Council had shared new and modern water retention techniques, which included the challenges of working with historically important landscape features. Chelmsford City Council had completed the preparatory works for Flood Alleviation Scheme in Margaretting, a flood defence scheme aiming to protect 1200 homes and businesses in Chelmsford as explained in the video while City of Breda undertook planning designs for its scheme at the Spinolaschans/Spinola entrenchment area. For a summary of their works please download the Case Studies available in the INTERREG IV languages.

Partners have also developed the Floodcom Toolkit EN, FR and NL, acomprehensive case study of flood defence initiatives and projects in Antwerp, Breda, Chelmsford and St. Omer with conclusions and lessons learnt. Each partner has used different technical and engineering approaches but with a shared objective – protecting lowland Europe from flood events. Over the project period, Floodcom partners shared their experiences and expertise, demonstrated in a range of cross-cutting activities with local communities, statutory authorities, technical experts and local councils who experience these problems.

One of the Floodcom’s results had been learning about the nature of community engagement and how to educate future generations about the importance of flood prevention. An International Education Pack has been developed with materials for children and teachers was developed to enable children in the 10-12 age group to understand the issues of flooding and the need for the construction of flood defences. Workbooks, case studies, quizzes, an interactive website and a flood detective game were also accompanied by a geocaching activity – a kind of high-tech treasure hunt - at the location of the flood defences. For school exchanges details and treasure hunt please see the Education page.

Floodcom was a truly international cooperation project with all partners being able to learn from one another through technical exchanges which have enabled professionals to see first-hand how flood schemes are implemented.