IOT Services Sustainable DrainagePredicting and managing the impact of increasing levels of surface water across the city
Peterborough lies within two river catchments and in the middle of three contrasting geological areas. To the west is undulating landscape of free draining soils over limestone, low-lying Fen areas are to the north and east with clays predominantly to the south. The River Welland runs from west to east in the north, wth the River Nene dissecting the urban area and running in the same direction to the south. This geography, combined with the impact of climate change bringing an increase in heavy downpours, has caused our city to become vulnerable to surface flooding affecting residents, business and motorists. Peterborough City Council’s Sustainable Drainage team needed to find a better way to predict and then manage the impact of flash flooding.
Harnessing the power of the Internet of Things and implementing sensors across the city is allowing better management of flood risk.
The sensor network provides data to enable experts to intelligently predict when rising river levels may result in road flooding. This means that targeted interventions such as response teams and traffic management can be better planned and implemented more quickly in times of heavy rainfall.