Computing Flood Damage Reduction Accomplishment

by Jo Ann Duman,
Donna Lydon, (M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Following flood events, the damage reduced by a federal flood damage reduction project must be computed to inform the public and assist officials in making decisions. This paper will describe a Susquehanna River urban study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District in Baltimore, Maryland using the Hydrologic Engineering Center's Project Benefit Accomplishment (HEC-PBA) computer program. Use of this program increased the speed and accuracy of the damage reduction computations, saved staff time, and revealed data concerns that must be addressed to use the program for disaster-level damage estimates.

Subject Headings: Damage (structural) | Federal government | Construction management | Rivers and streams | Urban areas | Computer software | Computing in civil engineering | Floods | Maryland | Baltimore | United States

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