Hurricane Flood Protection in the United States

by Harry S. Perdikis,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways and Harbors Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 1-24

Document Type: Journal Paper


Studies for hurricane flood protection of coastal and tidal areas bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico have provided information pertaining to behavior and frequency of hurricanes, forecasting methods, improved warning services, means of preventing loss of lives and damages to property, and general engineering aspects and economics of structural measures. Structural measures were found economically justified at 41 of 77 specific localities studied. Economic and engineering details of these measures are tabulated and their general purpose and special features are described. Experienced or possible monetary damages at many other locations were determined. The general features of the design problem pertaining to determination of the hurricane surge are described or referenced. Various types of protective structures are mentioned and the standard project hurricane which is or approximates the design hurricane is defined. Design levels of four proposed projects in Louisiana were compared with flood levels during hurricane Betsy and estimates of possible reduction in experienced damages from project construction are cited.

Subject Headings: Structural behavior | Economic factors | Hurricanes and typhoons | Floods | Flood frequency | Coastal protection structures | Ocean engineering | Damage (structural) | United States | Atlantic Ocean | Gulf of Mexico | Louisiana

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