While these aerial views show some progress, rehabilitation of these communities’ built and natural environments is ongoing — and expected to continue for years.
As recovery continues, spotlight on resilience through better response and preparedness becomes brighter — and the role of location intelligence and aerial imagery becomes more important.
The under-resourcing and under-preparedness of emergency services, long wait times for grants and insurance and disaster payments, slowness and unresponsiveness in clean up and restoration, malfunctioning flood mitigation structures, and a lack of individual property and community risk understanding, were just some of the many factors that impacted the outcomes of the catastrophic event according to the NSW Government’s inquiry into the 2022 floods.
Many of the recommendations outlined in the inquiry are underpinned by the need for more knowledge and resources. To better support flood management, accurate current and historical data will therefore be key.
Location intelligence and aerial imagery can help identify potential flood risks, model and simulate flood impact in disaster-prone areas, design more resilient communities, plan efficient evacuation and emergency response routes, show the truth on the ground in the days following a flood event, and more.