Highwaterline Project Raises Flood Awareness in Bristol

2014-10-26

A new initiative that brings flood engineering science together with the arts is engaging one of the most at risk flood cities in the UK.  The Highwaterline Bristol project funded by Arts Council England is marking a 32-mile continuous line through the city in an attempt to highlight the risk of flooding.

The project involved drawing a chalk line through the city centre, using Environment Agency data to estimate where water would reach in the event of a major flood.  The line will then be filmed from the air using drones to help provide a true perspective of how much of the city is at risk.  As the line is drawn in chalk it will fade naturally, but it is hoped it will leave a lasting legacy for the residents who will come together to discuss their experiences of flooding and decide what action to take next.