Risk assessment of flooding of highways in the Netherlands

Based on results of the RIMAROCC and SWAMP project in the ERANET Road call ´Road owners getting to grips with climate change´, the so-called “Blue spots” study investigated the flooding events and the related likelihood of occurrence in detail for the Dutch highway network. Evidently, if risks need to be determined, the effects of occurrence of flooding events need to be determined as well. To assess the effects of the flooding events, five functionalities of the roads have been identified - and scored by experts - that are subject to change once a flooding event occurs. By describing likelihood and effects semi-quantitatively, assessing the risks followed. Major results are discussed and steps further into the risk assessment are described, two of them being including country-wide the effects of failure of regional defences in the water system and another study yet to start on the use of the road during evacuation and rescue, since flooding also affects the surrounding area. The paper finishes with a positive statement on the applicability of the approach in other European countries.


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  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01534646
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 10:17AM