Flood Warning Systems as a Means for Reducing Urban Flood Losses

by Wayne J. Graham, Bureau of Reclamation, United States,
Curtis A. Brown, Bureau of Reclamation, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: National Water Conference

Abstract: This paper describes the potential effectiveness of flood warning systems in reducing loss of life. The paper describes the problems associated with urban flood warning systems (or lack of systems) using recent flood events as examples. The various components of flood warning systems are presented. These components include: 1. Monitoring of rainfall and streamflow. 2. Transmission of this data to a forecast center. 3. Forecasting procedures. 4. Dissemination of flood warnings and guidance. 5. An informed public responding to the threat and warnings.

Subject Headings: Disaster warning systems | Floods | Rainfall | Streamflow | Forecasting | Lifeline systems | Urban areas

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