Includes bibliographical references (pages 41-46).
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Ch. 1. Introduction -- ch. 2. Four recent historical examples -- ch. 3. Synthesis of the lessons from the case studies -- ch. 4. Lessons for the aftermath of Katrina.
Cover; Preface; Contents; Figures and Tables; Summary; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Chapter One -- Introduction; To Control or Not to Control; The Cycle of Restoration; Learning from Past Cycles; Chapter Two -- Four Recent Historical Examples; Vanport; Zeeland; The Mississippi; Yangtze; Chapter Three -- Synthesis of the Lessons from the Case Studies; Planning; Detection; Preparation; First Response; Reconstruction; Compensation; Learning and Implementing Lessons; Chapter Four -- Lessons for the Aftermath of Katrina; An Overview of Katrina; Lessons from History; Final Observations; Bibliography.
The loss of life and devastation in the Gulf coast region of the United States following the hurricane season of 2005 has led to considerable debate about what should be done and not done in recovering from the damage and mitigating the consequences of future floods. This document reports the experiences of four major floods since 1948 (two in the United States, one in the Netherlands, and one in China), to draw lessons for the Gulf coast restoration effort. The authors conclude that (1) attending to history leads to mitigating the potential damage of floods even when major floods are few and.