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The paper addresses the importance of the reliability, resilience and vulnerability of the structures of flood protection systems and how the expected costs-benefits of analyzing these three factors can help the governments and industrialists to improve and enhance security against floods. The paper explores several flood protection systems including the flood pumping station, flood gates, Geodesign barriers and water reservoirs. The paper also includes recommendations of where the overall flood protection industry needs to move to better tackle the imminence of floods and the long-term revival that follows. Several tables and figures are included in the paper.
From the Paper:"There are of course categories of disasters that bring the least and the most harm to the human race. One of the biggest concerns in the 21st century has been the growing imminence of heightened floods in the coastal regions of the world, both developed and underdeveloped. Floods not only lead to destruction of property and life but also cause long-term problems for the local and national government who need to step up and provide the victims of the flood with permanent relocated homes. One of the biggest examples of such displacement is the 2005 Hurricane Katrina that hit the US Gulf Coast literally causing havoc for one of the most developed nations in the world and leaving the government helpless for timely assistance (Appleseed, 2006). The displacement in the state of New Orleans alone saw more 250,000 people move out of the state permanently in search for a place to live as recorded in the Louisiana Health and Population Survey for the year (Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, 2006). "It is known that 90% of flood damage in the United States alone, with totals of over $30 BILLION in damage, is in less than 1 meter of water" (US Flood Control Corp accessed from http://www.usfloodcontrol.com/)."
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- Appleseed (2006) A Continuing Storm: The On-Going Struggles of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees. Appleseed, Atlanta, GA. http://www.gaappleseed.org/docs/katrina.pdf (accessed on 23 August 2007).
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