On August 1, 1985, a flash flood devastated Cheyenne, Wyoming. Although the flood receded to less than bankfull in less than 3 hr, 12 people lost their lives and damages exceeded $65 million. Emergency operations were severely curtailed; officials were unable to immediately react; and essential services provided by hospitals, police, and fire departments were forced into abeyance. Significant flood hazard areas emerged where none were expected. From this disaster, many lessons were learned and recommendations emerged regarding flash floods and their related hazards.

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    • This paper appears in Transportation Research Record No. 1279, Hydrology and Environmental Design 1990. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved
  • Authors:
    • Wacker, A Mainard
  • Publication Date: 1990

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1-10
  • Monograph Title: Hydrology and environmental design
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  • Accession Number: 00605561
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309050650
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  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM