Federal Damage Assessments in New England After the Halloween '91 Northeaster

by Jimmy E. Fowler, Coastal Engineering Research Cent, Vicksburg, United States,
Monica A. Chasten, Coastal Engineering Research Cent, Vicksburg, United States,
Yen-hsi Chu, Coastal Engineering Research Cent, Vicksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


The unusually long period waves which characterized the storm of 30-31 October 1991 caused it to be one of the most destructive storms to impact the New England coastline. To assess emergency conditions following this storm, known as the Halloween Storm, a vulnerability assessment team composed of U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Coastal Engineering Research Center and Corps of Engineers, New England Division personnel conducted field evaluations of 12 sites along the Massachusetts coast. The team assessed each site's vulnerability to additional damage based on potential for damage to improved property or perceived threats to public safety associated with a coastal storm event having a 5-year recurrence interval. Assessments and recommendations regarding emergency actions were then provided to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Subject Headings: Storms | Federal government | Public health and safety | Emergency management | Sea water | Coastal engineering | Field tests | Site investigation | United States | New England | Massachusetts

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