How do you prevent floods?

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Don't build in the areas that waterways can and will claim if the amount of water pouring causes the flooding condition. It is that simple.
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The best way to prevent a flood is to ensure drainage in a particularly problematic body of water. This can be accomplished by building flood plains. Another idea is by the use of a levee system, but if it fails the damage could be worse, due to the levees.
Floods are a devastating natural disaster that can take lives and destroy buildings. To prevent floods, hillsides should be terraced. Levees, dams and reservoirs can help retain extra water as well.
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