Overtopping of Flood Control Levees and Floodwalls

by Lewis A. Smith, US Army Corp of Engineers, Washington, DC, USA,
Thomas E. Munsey, US Army Corp of Engineers, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


The risk of overtopping can be significant for flood control levees or floodwalls, and the consequences can be costly and potentially catastrophic. Designs using superiority can force initial overtopping in the least hazardous location. Water surface profiles above the design profile need examining to apply superiority. Documenting overtopping consequences in the protected area is helpful for a flood hazard plan. A local flood warning system can be beneficial to the plan.

Subject Headings: Wave overtopping | Levees and dikes | Floods | Water surface profiles | Disasters and hazards | Disaster warning systems | Water level

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