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A Giant Model to Understand Floods
To better predict flood risks, the iCube laboratory has devised an experimental simulation apparatus that mimics extreme flooding in an urban neighborhood. This innovation could help anticipate flooding events like the one that recently affected the French Riviera. In early October, rain-driven flooding had claimed 20 lives and caused between 500 and 650 million euros in damages, according to France’s state-owned reinsurance company (CCR) which used another experimental platform of the laboratory for its estimates.