Floodplain Management: Options in the US,
June 9, 1999, Congressional Briefing,
Russell Senate Office Building Room 189,
Washington, DC

Floods occur throughout the nation, and flood damages are increasing, from an annual average (inflation adjusted) of hundreds of millions in the 1930s and 1940s to $4- billion in the 1990s. Why is this and what can (and should) be done about it? This briefing examines the relationship of climate and societal factors in the documented trends of increasing flood damage. The presentations focus on historical damage in the U.S. and specifically address the issues of Federal Disaster Declarations related to flooding, as well as the implications of the research for national flood policies.


• University Corporation for Atmospheric Research


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FLOODS! Climate, Society, and Policy
(Roger Pielke Jr.)