Skyfall – från en reaktiv till en proaktiv planeringsprocess

Our cities are extremely vulnerable against heavy rainfalls. This was clearly shown by the cloudbursts that occurred in Copenhagen 2011 and in Malmö 2014. These events was a wakeup call for many. In the present study, an interview study was conducted to highlight how flooding during cloudburst is currently handled in Sweden and neighboring countries. Our results show that a common view is that there is a lack of governmental guidelines and recommendations directed towards the municipalities in how they can handle cloudburst proactively. The reason behind lacking guidelines is partly that the cloudburst issue is fragmented end spread on several actors. A national strategy is necessary. It might be beneficial to learn from other countries experiences, but the differences between the countries need to be kept in mind.