Beyond Assessing and onto Managing Risk for Levees

Flooding risks when levee systems fail or are overwhelmed are significant: more than 1,500 people died and tens of billions of dollars in property damage occurred in the New Orleans area from Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of this storm, a substantial effort was undertaken to quantitatively assess t...

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Journal Title: Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education Vol. 141; no. 1; pp. 15 - 20
Authors: Robert Traver, Robert B. Gilbert
Format: Article
Published: March 2009
Online Access: Full Text
Summary: Flooding risks when levee systems fail or are overwhelmed are significant: more than 1,500 people died and tens of billions of dollars in property damage occurred in the New Orleans area from Hurricane Katrina. In the wake of this storm, a substantial effort was undertaken to quantitatively assess the risk of major flooding from future hurricane storm surges in New Orleans. The objective of this paper is to prompt and frame planning for the next steps in managing risk. What level of risk are we trying to achieve? How best can we achieve it?
ISSN: 1936-704X
DOI: 10.1111/j.1936-704X.2009.00031.x