"The first comprehensive evaluation of the catastrophic flood of 1993 in the United States, 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. Through detailed case studies, this timely 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 book concludes with recommendations for the future, in hopes of better preparing the country for the next flood or other comparable disaster."--BOOK JACKET.
1. Defining the Flood: A Chronology of Key Events / Stanley A. Changnon -- 2. The Weather That Led to the Flood / David R. Rodenhuis -- 3. A Hydroclimatological Assessment of the Rainfall / Kenneth E. Kunkel -- 4. The Flood's Hydrology / William H. Koellner -- 5. Physical Effects: A Changed Landscape / Nani G. Bhowmik -- 6. Ecosystem Effects: Positive and Negative Outcomes / Richard E. Sparks -- 7. Impacts on Agricultural Production: Huge Financial Losses Lead to New Policies / Thomas P. Zacharias -- 8. Impacts on Transportation Systems: Stalled Barges, Blocked Railroads, and Closed Highways / Stanley A. Changnon -- 9. Economic Impacts: Lost Income, Ripple Effects, and Recovery / Geoffrey J. D. Hewings and Ramamohan Mahidhara -- 10. Living with the Flood: Human and Governmental Responses to Real and Symbolic Risk / Lee Wilkins -- 11. Effects of the Flood on National Policy: Some Achievements, Major Challenges Remain / James M. Wright -- 12. Losers and Winners: A Summary of the Flood's Impacts / Stanley A. Changnon -- 13. The Lessons from the Flood / Stanley A. Changnon
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