Make a way for water

Floods can have a severe impact when they occur but we can help minimise the impact by making good decisions about where and how we build homes and businesses.

This activity recreates a river valley within a landscape of buildings and countryside. You can place buildings anywhere to represent a town and place flood gates and other features to protect the town from a flood. You can then see what happens when water levels rise and find out whether or not your choices saved buildings from flooding and the consequences those decisions have for the whole landscape.

This activity will help you learn that:

  • protecting one area from a flood can cause another area to flood
  • planning decisions can lessen the effects of flooding
  • there isn’t a single solution to the problem but a variety of choices and consequences

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