On Wednesday, a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Government and Local Self-Government was held, attended by Minister Marek Gróbarczyk, responsible for water management issues, and President of Wód Polskie Przemysław Dac. The meeting discussed the issue of so-called urban floods and the ministry’s proposals for solving this problem.
It was pointed out that immediate remedial action is necessary to increase the safety of residents and to protect infrastructure, especially in highly urbanized areas. Urgent introduction of systemic and comprehensive measures to reduce the effects of storms is particularly important in urban areas, where material losses due to flooding, suffered by both residents and municipalities, are the greatest.
It was pointed out that the phenomenon of flash floods is fostered by the dynamic growth of cities, especially the construction of new housing developments without taking into account the principles of water management in a given area.
According to the Polish Water Board, in order to solve the problem of flash floods in cities, it is necessary to build retention reservoirs and increase the area of biologically active land - these are some of the most effective solutions in preventing flash floods in cities.