Behind The Levees: Flood Risk Can Be Higher With Levees Than Without Them

2016-02-16T21:12:10+00:00 February 16, 2016|
The study, published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Policy, estimated long-term flood risk, probabilities of levee failure, and resulting economic losses in the Sny Island levee district along the Mississippi River in Illinois and Missouri. (Credit: Dominicus Johannes Bergsma/ Wikimedia Commons)

(click to enlarge) The study, published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Policy, estimated long-term flood risk, probabilities of levee failure, and resulting economic losses in the Sny Island levee district along the Mississippi River in Illinois and Missouri. (Credit: Dominicus Johannes Bergsma/ Wikimedia Commons)

People living behind levees on floodplains may not be as immune to flood damage as they think, according to results of a study led by the University of California, Davis.

(From Science Daily) — Levees often prevent costly flood damages and even loss of life. However, when those levees overtop or fail, and water spills onto the floodplain, the long-term damage can be far worse than if those levees were not there, the study found.

The study, published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Policy, estimated long-term flood risk, probabilities of levee failure, and resulting economic losses in the Sny Island levee district along the Mississippi River in Illinois and Missouri.

Read the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160209162403.htm