Urban Flood Management: Problems and Research Needs

by David H. Howells, (F.ASCE), Professor Emeritus; North Carolina State Univ. at Raleigh, Raleigh, N.C.; formerly, Dir., Water Resources Research Inst., The Univ. of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 2, Pg. 193-212

Document Type: Journal Paper


Discussion and conclusions of a 1975 panel on urban flood management at the Quail Roost Workshop on Reorientation of Water Resources Research. Topics covered include the need for a restatement of national goals and objectives in terms relevant to state and local interests to standards of performance; Federal, state, and local interactions as they affect the capacity of local government to carry out flood-plain management; more exact and reliable techniques for flood-plain delineation for land-use regulation and flood insurance rates; social and economic consequences of floodway fringe development under present national policy; and many other subjects. Forty-two problem areas are identified for further identification and research.

Subject Headings: Urban development | Floods | Water resources | Flood plains | Municipal water | Resource management | Standards and codes | Federal government

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