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View Resource Rising Flood Waters: 1964 Corvallis

In 1964, a tremendous flood struck Corvallis, Oregon. It was a nightmare for the residents of the town, and during the recovery the Western Ways, Inc. group took 59 oblique photographs of the damage caused by this natural disaster. The Oregon State University Archives later digitized these images, and they are all available on this site. New visitors will note that they can just browse around the...

View Resource Katrina Causes Toxic Mess on Ground

This radio broadcast reports on early post-hurricane surveys suggesting that the hundreds of chemical plants, oil refineries, and other major industrial facilities located near New Orleans survived Hurricane Katrina largely intact. Unfortunately, when floodwaters poured into the city, they may have created a toxic mess from other chemical sources in households and businesses that could take...

View Resource Teaching Floods and Flooding Quantitatively

This page helps faculty communicate essential ideas that students struggle with in terms of floods and flooding. It takes into account the concepts of probability and recurrence interval and discusses hydrologic terminology, relations between discharge and stage, and the meaning of the '100 year flood.'

View Resource Tutorial on using HEC-GeoRAS with ArcGIS 9.3

This tutorial is designed to expose users to basic functions in HEC-GeoRAS for pre- and/or post-processing of GIS data and HEC-RAS results for flood inundation mapping using ArcGIS. It is expected that you are familiar with HEC-RAS and ArcGIS. If users want to get into details of HEC-GeoRAS that are not covered in this tutorial, they should refer to the HEC-GeoRAS users manual.

View Resource Flood: Farming and Erosion

Farmers and rivers have a close, though not always friendly, relationship with one another. Rivers can create prized farmland, but they also flood fields and the communities built alongside them. Farming practices may also contribute to an increase in the magnitude and intensity of river flooding. This video segment explains the issue of flooding as seen in the Mississippi River watershed and...

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