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The Nation’s Response to Flood Disasters: A Historical Account

The report aims to provide an account of the forces changing U.S. floodplain management in the past 150 years. Emphasis is placed on mid- and late-20th century flood events and related responses, including the first urban floodplain mapping study, the changing role of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in risk mitigation, and federal disaster recovery initiatives. It underscores the need for policy changes based on data from floodplain and natural hazard response assessments, but is skeptical that the federal government will be driving national flood policy reform in the near future.

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