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How Engineers Stop Floods: High-Tech Solutions for Flood Control

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Floods Are on the Rise
Waves break over an industrial canal levee in New Orleans

Waves break over an industrial canal levee in New Orleans when Hurricane Gustav strikes in September 2008

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Every year a community in some part of the world is devastated by catastrophic flooding. Communities in coastal regions and land near rivers and lakes are especially prone, but flooding can happen anywhere it rains.

As cities grow, flooding becomes more frequent because their infrastructure cannot accommodate the drainage needs of land that's paved and highly developed. Moreover, aging dams and levees are prone to failure, leading to the kind of devastation that New Orleans saw after Hurricane Katrina.

There is hope, however. In Japan, England, the Netherlands, and other low-lying countries, architects and civil engineers have developed innovative new technologies for flood control.

Next: Water Gates in Japan

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