So far Finland has sustained no major flood damages. However, extreme weather events, i.e. storms and floods, are expected to become increasingly common in the future, which is why we also need to prepare for exceptionally large floods. The priority is on protecting the communities. The best way of preventing the creation of new risk sites in areas that may be flooded is through steering of land use and building. Inputs are also needed in the maintenance and safety of water constructions and functioning protection and rescue operations during flood events.
The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment see to the flood risk management, flood protection and prevention. During major flood events the main responsibility for rescue operations is transferred to the rescue authority. Information on flood situations and warnings is available on the Web Pages of the environmental administration (see Related links).
In the future flood risk management is controlled by the EU Floods Directive (Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks). The Directive requires to identify areas where significant flood risks exist. For these flood risk areas will be prepared flood maps and flood risk management.