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Flood Local Tool – Albania

Flash floods are characterized by the occurrence of their flood peaks within 3-6 hours after the onset of rainfall. Warning the population located close to the risked areas regarding the onset of a flash flood is critical.

Developed by Klodian Zaimi (freelancer)
Stream automatic gauges play a critical role in complex contingency plans for flood management and decision making. Automatic stations are used to send streamflow data and water levels anywhere in the world. The Flood Local Tool consists of an automatic flow river gauge station comprised by a water level sensor, a data logger, and a GPRS module to communicate stream water levels to electronic tables, mobile internet or sirens.

TRL3. Critical function: Proof of concept established
This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate the analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology. Examples include components that are not yet integrated or representative. The innovation is still under formulation and conceptual development. It has not known technological limitations. The connection between the different components has been already tested and can be functional and well-integrated. For testing purposes, the Drini I Lezhes River (city of Lezha) and the River Gjanica (city of Fier) are proposed as potential testing sites.

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The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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How does it work?

The station has three main components: a water level sensor, a data logger and the GPRS module which connects with the control center that collects the information. The water level sensor is an electronic equipment used for the measurement of hydrostatic pressure in surface waters. The data logger is the component that stores the raw data, and convert them into usable data, and it can be set up and managed by distance. The GPRS module is the component that makes possible the communication of the station with the control center which can be located anywhere. Using the mobile internet, it is possible to receive the data from the control center during a reconfiguration or emergency call.

Limitations/conditions under which this innovation does not work or is less effective

This innovation is used for small rivers and can connect the technology with the risk from floods directly without waiting from authority’s for a formal warning.

Because of the time limitation near 3 hours from the flood there is no other possibility for warning. The critical level can give to the risked people to evacuate in a case of flash flood.

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