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Published in Hydraulic Engineering: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions: Proceedings of the Hydraulic Engineering sessions at Water Forum ’92. Baltimore, Maryland, August 2–6, 1992. Published by American Society of Civil Engineers.


Floods are major natural hazards, not totally predictable and manageable, at least at the present time. We believe that floods, no matter how violent, need not cause major damage. Loss of lives can be prevented and economic catastrophe minimized if a decision maker has accurate prior information on major flood characteristics, such as the magnitude and arrival time of the flood and its potential damages.