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Tuesday 24 Nov 2015Should we rely on national datasets to assess local, rural flooding?

Rachel Bird - WSP Group

Harrison 170 14:30-15:30

As part of a Defra Pathfinder study WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff are supporting Northamptonshire County Council in their assessment of flood mitigation measures for 8 small rural villages across the county. We have been using national datasets (Updated Flood Map for Surface Water) to determine the properties at risk, however have found that the properties that have experienced flooding aren’t always showing as properties at risk from the modelling. This discussion will therefore focus on the use of national datasets when assessing localised rural flooding and the impacts this has on the overall assessment process.



Rachel Bird is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager with 10 years’ experience in Flood Risk Management.  She has been involved in providing flood risk advice from high level strategy studies through to detailed site specific mitigation measures. This work has ranged from hydrological studies and hydraulic models, to applying government guidance to local reports and producing maps for public access. She also undertakes project management on a wide range of projects involving engineering outline design and detailed design.

Rachel leads the hydrology and hydraulic modelling team within WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff UK. As part of this Rachel has a particular focus on efficiency and quality, resulting in close communication between all of the modelling offices and regular reviews of processes and outputs. She is also keen to investigate innovative new techniques with hydrology and modelling, particularly linking to GIS processes where possible. 

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