Category Archives: Flood Risk Perception

High Water Marks, life jackets, and other “innovations” as California leads in flood preparedness

Last Friday was a day of great for progress in the communication of residual flood risk in California as the High Water Mark from the February 19, 1986 flood was unveiled in Garcia Bend Park  in “the Pocket” area of Sacramento. … Continue reading

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A closer look at the CVFPP (2): Consequence modeling brings out uncertainty in risk estimates

A closer look at consequence estimation. Learning more about how the Dutch assess flood risk and evaluate costs and benefits over the past eight months has  taught me lot about estimating loss-of-life and other consequences. Doing so from outside of … Continue reading

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A closer look at the CVFPP (1): does increasing “protection” increase risk?

Why it benefits to look closer: Over the past couple of months, I’ve spent considerable time reviewing the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan and some of its technical appendices.  The first Draft of the CVFPP is indeed a remarkable piece of work, … Continue reading

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On communicating that other kind of risk…

On the Souris River in 2011, higher mountain snowpack than anticipated combined with increased precipitation and full reservoirs meant that dam operators were forced to release more water than normal downstream. Communities below the dam were not prepared for the … Continue reading

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