The Great Flood of 1993: Causes, Impacts and Responses

The Great Flood of 1993: Causes, Impacts and Responses

by Stanley A. Changnon
     
 

The flood that affected a third of the United States during the summer of 1993 was the nation’s worst, ranking as a once-in-300-years event. It severely tested national, state, and local systems for managing natural resources and for handling emergencies, illuminating both the strengths and weaknesses in existing methods of preparing for and dealing with

Overview

The flood that affected a third of the United States during the summer of 1993 was the nation’s worst, ranking as a once-in-300-years event. It severely tested national, state, and local systems for managing natural resources and for handling emergencies, illuminating both the strengths and weaknesses in existing methods of preparing for and dealing with massive prolonged flooding.Through detailed case studies, this volume diagnoses the social and economic impacts of the disaster, assessing how resource managers, flood forecasters, public institutions, the private sector, and millions of volunteers responded to it. The first comprehensive evaluation of the 1993 flood, this book examines the way in which floods are forecast and monitored, the effectiveness of existing recovery processes, and how the nation manages its floodplains. The volume concludes with recommendations for the future, in hope of better preparing the country for the next flood or other comparable disaster.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813326207
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.75(d)

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