Effects Of Flood Control Works Failure in the Missouri River Basin   [open pdf - 2MB]

"A thesis presented to the Faculty of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree MASTER OF MILITARY ART AND SCIENCE Homeland Security Studies." From the thesis abstract: "As seen throughout history, flooding is a natural disaster that brings massive amounts of destruction. Flooding interrupts thousands of lives, and costs associated with response and recovery amount to hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. This thesis looks at the effects of flooding throughout the Missouri River basin. A qualitative methodology utilizing a multi-site case study examines the effects. The cases for this research include the flood events of 1993, 2011, as well as looks at a future threat of a catastrophic earthquake along the New Madrid fault. Areas of emphasis include conditions that lead up to the flood, examples of failed flood control works, economic consequences, loss of human life, policy or projects that came as a result of the flood, and damages prevented by flood control works. Flooding is a disaster that is never 100 percent preventable, but mitigation to the impacts is critical in preventing unnecessary damages and returning to normalcy in the quickest time possible."

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