Microcomputer Applications in Flood Management

by Hamid Saoudian, Salt Lake City Corp, Salt Lake City, UT, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age


Historically Salt Lake City has been subject to flooding from spring snow melt runoffs. Even though the volume and the rate of runoffs were similar during both years, the 1984 runoff created far less flooding problems than the 1983 runoff. This was the result of more effective operation of conveyance systems and diverting flood waters into local drains which normally do not handle snow melt runoff. Management of conveyance systems, storage facilities, and diversions was accomplished efficiently using a computer program. This paper discusses the effectiveness of this program in managing the snow melt drainage system, which resulted in substantial reduction of flooding problems.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Floods | Drainage systems | Systems management | Storage facilities | Flood routing | Salts | Lakes | Utah | United States

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