Systematization of Flood Control Measures

by Vujica Yevjevich, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Prof.-in-Charge of Hydro. and Water Resour. Program; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 11, Pg. 1537-1548

Document Type: Journal Paper


A general review is given of trends in flood control, as seen by the writer. Five significant areas in systematization of flood control measures are: prediction; prevention; flood-plain proofing; physical measures of flood control (divided into extensive and intensive); and flood insurance. The extensive physical measures are divided into eight groups: levees and dikes; release basins; reservoirs; increased channel capacity; parallel channels; diversion channels; flood-plain polders; and flood-plain platforms. The classification scheme is an attempt for systematization of flood control measures mainly from the point of view of application of systems analysis, with a particular stress on the joint use of several flood control measures simultaneously.

Subject Headings: Flood plains | Floods | Control systems | System analysis | Stress analysis | Insurance | Levees and dikes | Basins

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