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Planning for flooding

Arvika

Detailed description of the Good Practice

In the municipality's comprehensive plan of 2008, the risk of flooding has been given considerable space.
Today there is no need to demolish or move buildings, but building permits were denied with a reference to suitability assessment and new guidelines.
A clearer framework for the financing of flood protection, simplier rules, more rapid processing, better map material and better evaluation, level and incline data are important items on the municipality's wish list to the national government.
To-date the municipality has prepared material together with the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and conducted its own studies and measurements within the EU projects Living With Flood Risk in a Changing Climate and Climate Proof Areas. Together with the municipalities of Eda and Säffle and the county administrative board, Arvika is participating in Project Byälven to evaluate the flood risk in the region and propose preventative measures. The municipality is also working with Karlstad University, energy companies, concerned authorities in Norway and a large number of national authorities such as the Swedish Rescue Services Agency, the Swedish Maritime Administration, the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) and the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI).
To increase preparedness, Avrika has hired an environmental strategist and a safety coordinator, who both participate in the municipal planning process. The management strategy has been changed so that the rescue Chief is responsible for both preparedness plan and the operational management of the protection efforts. All municipal operations are now gathered in one large administration with three operations.

sustainable development
climate change

Objectives of the Good Practice

to decrease risk of flooding and to improve flood protection

Participants of the Good Practice

Arvika municipality, Karlstad University, energy companies, the Swedish Rescue Services Agency, the Swedish Maritime Administration, the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) and the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI).

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens of Arvika municipality

Funding of the Good Practice

Arvika municipality

More Details of the Good Practice

In the autumn of 2000 Arvika was hit by the country's largest flood in modern times. Thanks to a huge rescue effort, the worst threats were able to be averted. For the municipality the disaster was an alarm clock and the start of comprehensive planning efforts.
During Otober and November in 2000 Värmland's watercourse received three times as much rain as normal. The water level in Avrika, a municipality with a great deal of forests, lakes and a population of just over 26000 rose 1,9 metres over the nautical chart's normal level. A few weeks later, the fjord had risen by more than another metre and the water threatened homes, offices, nursing homes, business and industrial buildings as well as the technical infrastructure.
Under the guidance of Rolf Gustafson, Technical Director. the municipality's technical administration was organised for crises along with thousands of people from other municipal administrations and companies, volunteers, the police, the military, the Swedish Rescue Services Agency, the Swedish Maritime Administration, other government agencies and organisations in an ground-the-clock rescue from mid-November through January 2001.
With this experience fresh in mind a report was compiled with a detailed analysis of what happened, how problems were tackled and how to act if it happened again.

Documentation and documents

Local Action on Climate Change - Swedish Experiences. Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
www.skl.se/klimat
www.theirname.se

Available files

Contact details

Hornsgatan 20, Stockholm, Sweden
SE-118 82 Stockholm

info@skl.se www.skl.se

Data sources and references

Local Action on Climate Change - Swedish Experiences. Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions