Guidelines on Community Local Flood Warning and Response Systems   [open pdf - 3MB]

"Local flood warning systems have become an increasingly important means to mitigate losses from floods. In October 1982 the Hydrology Subcommittee of the Interagency Advisory Committee on Water Data decided that there was an urgent need for a document describing the basic principles of local flood warning systems. An interagency work group was established in November 1982 to prepare a report that would describe (1) under what conditions a local flood warning system would be effective; (2) the various types of systems that can be used to identify flood problems and issue warnings; (3) the basic elements of a community response system; and (4) sources of assistance from Federal, State, and local agencies in evaluating and establishing a local flood warning system. The work group was composed of representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the United States Geological Survey, the Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Park Service. Invaluable assistance was provided to the work group by flood plain managers from the States of Maryland and Pennsylvania, representing the Association of State Flood Plain Managers."

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