Litigation Support Investigations Involving Complex Flood Plains

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by Robert C. MacArthur, MacArthur Engineering Associates, United States,
Douglas L. Hamilton, MacArthur Engineering Associates, United States,
James E. Slosson, MacArthur Engineering Associates, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: This paper presents the case history of a devastating flood that occurred in a community located on a complex flood plain adjacent to a tidally influenced bay. Flooding resulted from cumulative impacts created by several structural and non-structural activities that occurred outside the community prior to the flood. The threat of flooding was well known prior to the event. Little effort was made, however, to reduce the hazard because of political, institutional and economic decisions made by officials in the parent city and county tasked with the responsibility of providing community-wide flood protection. The investigatory procedures used to assess the key components that contributed to the flood are presented.

Subject Headings: Flood plains | Forensic engineering | Case studies | Litigation | Tides | Bays |

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