Decision Support System for Road Closures in Flash Flood Emergencies

Among all the natural hazards, flash flood ranks as the number 1 weather-related killer in United States. More than half of the deaths in flash flood are due to drowning victims in a traffic environment. So road closure is critical to save lives from flash floods. Unfortunately, the current static roadside Turn Around Don’t Drown (TADD) signs simply could not draw enough attention from travelers. In this project, the authors develop a novel decision support system (DSS) to predict the roads in threats, remotely turn on TADD Red flash lights to close the roads to dangerous sections in flash flood emergencies. The DSS will help Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) to make prompt and effective decisions to mitigate the risk of flash flood.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

    School of Industrial Engineering and Management
    322 Engineering North
    Stillwater, OK  United States  74078

    Oklahoma Transportation Center

    2601 Liberty Parkway, Suite 110
    Midwest City, OK  United States  73110

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Liu, Tieming
    • Collins, Terry
    • Hong, Yang (Eric)
    • Vogel, Jason
    • Yu, Hongbo
    • Zhu, Lan
  • Publication Date: 2013-6-30


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 41p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01516467
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OTCREOS11.1-41-F
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0016
  • Created Date: Feb 24 2014 2:07PM