Annotated Bibliography of Hazard and Flood-Related Articles

Worth, M.F. and B.F. McLuckie, 1977: Get to high ground!: The warning process in the Colorado floods June 1965. Disaster Research Center Historical and Comparative Disaster Series #3, 74pp.

In 1965, eastern Colorado experienced major flash flooding. This report compares the warning process of ten communities in the northeast and southeast quadrants of Colorado,...

Spiegel, J.P., 1957: The English flood of 1953. Human Organization, 16(2), 3-5.

This ethnographic study discusses the situation of a town that was affected by a flash flood in England prior to the impact, during the impact,...

Ruin, I., J.D. Creutin, S. Anquetin, E. Gruntfest, and C. Lutoff, 2009: Human vulnerability to flash floods: Addressing physical exposure and behavioural questions. Flood Risk Management, 1005-1012.

This paper combines hydrometeorology and social science in an effort to better understand social vulnerabilities to flash floods. The authors argue that integrating these two...

Ruin, I., J.D. Creutin, S. Anquetin, and C. Lutoff, 2008: Human exposure to flash floods – Relation between flood parameters and human vulnerability during a storm of September 2002 in Southern France. Journal of Hydrology, 361(1-2), 199-213.

The objective of this paper is to better understand the physical and human factors that contribute to flood casualties in a flood in the Gard...

Ruin, I., J.C. Gaillard, and C. Lutoff, 2007: How to get there? Assessing motorists’ flash flood risk perception on daily itineraries. Environmental Hazards, 7, 235-244.

Flash floods are particularly dangerous for motorists for a variety of reasons, making it difficult for motorists to perceive their risk associated with a flood....

National Weather Service, Service Assessment. “Central United States Flooding of June 2008.” December, 2009c.

In June 2008, there was record flooding across large parts of the central United States, leading to 11 deaths and over $5 billion in damage...

Gruntfest, E.C., 1977: What people did during the Big Thompson Flood. Working Paper 32. Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado. 62pp.

The objectives of the study were two-fold. First, public behavior of those in the Big Thompson Canyon during the flood was evaluated. Second, based on...

Haynes, K., L. Coates, R. Leigh, J. Handmer, J. Whittaker, A. Gissing, J. Mcaneney, and S. Opper, 2009: ‘Shelter-in-place’ vs. evacuation in flash floods. Environmental Hazards, 8(4), 291-303.

Evacuation remains the leading action recommended throughout the literature on flash floods. However, this paper argues that sheltering-in-place may in fact lead to fewer deaths...

Kircher, T., J. Nelson, and J. French, 1987: Avoidance of death and injury through monitoring of dams and flood evacuation in Essex, Connecticut, June 1982. Disasters, 11(2), 117-119.

This study presents a case of successful communication and collaboration among personnel during several flash floods. A period of heavy rain in Essex, Connecticut on...

Knocke, E.T., and K.N. Kolivras, 2007: Flash flood awareness in Southwest Virginia. Risk Analysis, 27(1), 155-169.

Flash floods result in substantial damage, yet flash floods are seldomly looked at independently of other natural hazards. Currently, flood experts perceive the public’s risk...

National Weather Service, Service Assessment. “Southeast United States Floods, September 18-23, 2009.” May, 2010.

In September 2009, flash flood and areal flooding covered areas of Georgia, Alabama, and southeastern Tennessee after rainfall in the regions totaled 5-7 inches. These...

Ashley, S.T., and W.S. Ashley, 2008: Flood fatalities in the United States. American Meteorological Society, 47(3), 805-818.

The objective of this paper is to discuss the distribution of flood fatalities in the United States from 1959 to 2005. The database used for...

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