South Dakota experienced its most devastating flood in history on June 9 and 10, 1972. Damage survey estimates for local and federal-aid roads as well as for the Black Hills National Forest roads and bridges in South Dakota were in excess of 22 million dollars. This included an estimated 13 million dollars for damage to bridges alone. At the present time the bridges and roads are being reconstructed and repaired. This article presents a review of some hydraulic design practices that were detrimental to maintaining the structural integrity of highway facilities during the passage of floodwaters, discusses briefly the major types of damage, and presents recommended design considerations that, if incorporated into current design practice, will lessen similar damage in the future.

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  • Authors:
    • Rowen, Eugene L
    • Harrison, Larry J
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 15-16
  • Monograph Title: Highways and the catastrophic floods of 1972
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  • Accession Number: 00159566
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309022657
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM