Friday, July 6, 2012

Press Release: Flood forecast at your fingertips

Flood forecast at your fingertips
Halcrow has rolled out an updated version of its successful free Smartphone app Flood Alert.

The innovative app was the first flooding application on the market and uses the Environment Agency’s (EA) live flood warning data feeds.  The application allows users to quickly, efficiently and conveniently monitor flooding in areas that are important or close to them.

Using the latest technology available, the EA provides Halcrow, as a licensed flood warning service provider, with live flood warning data throughout England and Wales 24 hours a day. This information will form the basis of the application that gets the relevant alerts to people who download the app.

Flood Alert will enable people to receive alerts relating to their current location, as well as up to two extra locations of interest such as your workplace or an elderly relative’s local town. It can also display flood alerts split into EA regions.

The revised application has a number of new key features including:
-          Ability to query flood warnings by Local Authority and County, in addition to EA Regions
-          Improved user workflow
-          Email alerts for user interactions, such as
o       account setup
o       postcode and password changes
o       reminder function of password
-          Back end database now uses a faster geo-processing engine, which makes the user experience faster for the user and easier for us to maintain
-          Overview information now updates on app start
-          New retina graphics (for later iOS devices)

Halcrow’s Richard Crowder said: “Over five million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that are at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea. Everyone in an ‘at risk’ area needs to be aware of flooding and the current weather situation, especially when on the go and Flood Alert is the perfect solution”.

Additional information on the capabilities and functionality of Flood Alert can be found on our website at

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