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Flood Risk Estimates May Be Low

Decade after Katrina, researchers suggest risk is higher

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Stamford, CT | Added on August 19, 2015 At 10:26 AM

A new study of major Midwestern rivers in the Journal of Earth Science found that the Army Corps dramatically underestimates modern flood levels, leaving communities consistently underprepared for potential disasters at a time when flood protection is becoming a more urgent necessity. And climate change only seems to be a small part of the problem. As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this month refocuses attention on flood dangers in coastal communities—and on the foibles of the Army Corps, which played a central role in the drowning of New Orleans—the study by Washington University hydrogeologist Robert Criss suggests riverside communities are also much more vulnerable than they’ve been told.

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