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398477 - Estimating Flood Damages Prevented from Corps’ Water Infrastructure

Tuesday, June 5
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Greenway GH


The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is responsible for round-the-clock monitoring and operation of more than 700 reservoirs, locks and dams and other water infrastructure projects. Specifically, during flood events, the USACE operates its projects under Corps’ water management mission. These operations, during the flood events, result in prevention from flood damages (financial) as well as lives. The USACE reports and archives these data, by individual project, on flood damages prevented for the United Sates on annual basis.

The USACE submits a report to Congress each year containing narrative summaries on civil works Activities in accordance with the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1888 and Public Law 99-662, as well as Water Resources Development Act of 1986. The report contains an “Appendix G”, which presents data and information on flood damages suffered and prevented for the fiscal year. The Appendix G reports flood damages prevented nationally from all the 50 states within the United States. The data on flood damages prevented are estimated from the projects that are operated by the USACE and they are computed by comparing the actual operations of Corps-owned water infrastructure projects to without-project conditions. Damages suffered and lives lost data are also supplemented along with the flood damage prevention data and these data are provided by National Weather Service of NOAA, for a fiscal year, are presented in this appendix.

This paper discusses and provides information on estimation of on flood damages prevented from the Corps’ water infrastructure that are located in its 35 districts within the United States.

Chandra S. Pathak

US Army Corps of Engineers

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