Reducing the Potential for Flood Litigation

by Daryl B. Simons, Simons & Associates Inc, United States,
Robert K. Simons, Simons & Associates Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


A flood event is usually followed by numerous damage claims that often lead to litigation. This paper proposes measures to mitigate the potential for litigation. It is stressed that an adequate data base must be developed, followed by detailed analysis, to identify the characteristics of the climatic event that produced the flood; the hydrologic characteristics of the flood; and identification of hydraulic conditions in the main channel, its tributaries and on the watershed. This analysis also implies the necessity to consider sediment yield from the drainage basin to the channel system and the transport capacity of the channels. Physical processes associated with the hydrologic and hydraulic response of the system must be determined. Also, it is necessary to assess the impacts of existing developments within the watershed on the magnitude and duration of the flood event.

Subject Headings: Floods | Litigation | Channels (waterway) | Databases | Hydrology | Hydraulics | Watersheds | Claims

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