Vulnerability of Fuel Distribution Systems to Hazards in Coastal Communities

Coastal communities are vulnerable to disruptions in their fuel distribution networks due to tropical storms, hurricanes and associated flooding. These disruptions impact communities by limiting fueling in the days following the storm potentially affecting first responders, other critical infrastructure networks and returning residents. This project had the following objectives, to understand the causes of fuel distribution disruption after coastal hazards and the impact of the coastal community transportation network, to determine the role of fueling station design and environmental regulatory drivers that cause more vulnerability during coastal hazard events and to propose design and mitigation approaches that will result in faster recovery of fuel distribution systems in coastal communities. To address these questions, a network model of the transportation and fuel distribution was built for the Lafourche Parish/Houma, Louisiana system and tested versus the expected level of flooding from storm surge models run at different storm categories. In addition, review of fuel station construction and recovery approaches was conducted to determine whether standards for construction in coastal areas could reduce the frequency of long-term impacts on the fueling network.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Research Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 37p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01638210
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC50
  • Created Date: Jun 20 2017 1:45PM