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Impact of flooding understood generically


Disastrous Floods as Indicators of Systemic Risk Neglect (Part #3)


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Any text description of a disaster resulting from "flooding", as more generally understood in its literal sense, can be usefully explored by replacing "water" with any of the above terms in media coverage of flooding by water. This offers a sense of possible articulations of popular experience -- as reported in the coverage of other disasters, past and future. It also offers a sense of how authorities variously frame and respond to such a disaster.

The same approach may be used with respect to the "dearth" of resources, including water, and the manner in which these are experienced and elicit collective response. Such an exercise has previously been explored with respect to the generic formulation of problems and responses (Towards a Generic Global Issue Statement: evoking an instructive pattern of unquestionable responses, 2009).

Of particular interest is the use of "peak" in relation to water flooding, since this term is also used more generally in the case of both excess and dearth, most notably in the case of commodities as with "peak oil" (Peak Experiences Challenging Humanity, 2008). The latter document offers a checklist of some 25 "peaks" and considers possibilities of Reframing engagement with "peaks" through metaphor