Whereas during an average year floods claim about 100 lives and 1 billion dollars in damage, during 1972 the losses were four to five times that great. Although Hurricane Agnes caused severe flooding from North Carolina to New York, a variety of phenomena, including rainfall, snowmelt, ice jams, structural failures, and lake stages, caused flooding in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and other places. The floods described in this paper, all of which exceeded the magnitude of the 50-year recurrence interval, were selected to demonstrate the variety of causes.

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    • Thomas, D M
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 1-4
  • Monograph Title: Highways and the catastrophic floods of 1972
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  • Accession Number: 00159563
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309022657
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM