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ASFPM Technical Reports

The following ASFPM Technical Reports are available to download for free. 

#1 An Assessment of Urban Floodplain Management in the U.S. - The Case for Land Acquisition in Comprehensive FPM

Authors: Raymond J. Burby, Edward J. Kaiser, ASFPM
Date: 1987; Pages: 26

This paper evaluates the experience of reducing Hazards to lives and property from urban flooding and preserving the natural values of riverine environments. It shows that national programs to curb losses, initially through construction of flood control structures and then through a combination of flood control, uniform building standards, and flood insurance, have had some success in reducing flood losses. It notes that less progress has been made, however, in protecting the natural environment.

An Assessment of Urban Floodplain Management in the U.S.


#2 Flood Planning Assistance to Small Towns

Authors: French Wetmore, ASFPM
Date: 1987; Pages: 22

This report helps small communities tackle their flood problems. Helping small communities cope with their flood hazard can be even more difficult. This paper reviews the lessons learned from four case studies of State Assistance to small towns with serious flood problems.

Flood Planning Assistance to Small Towns


#3 Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) Mitigation Tables: The 1987 Illinois Experience

Authors: French Wetmore, ASFPM
Date: 1989; Pages: 28

Floods recur in the same places. Disaster assistance funds are often spent to repair or rebuild properties that will be damaged again in a few years. This paper reviews an experiment with a new method of advising and encouraging flood victims to undertake mitigation measures: staffing special mitigation-assistance tables in the Disaster Application Centers (DACs). The Illinois Division of Water Resources (DWR) tried this approach after floods in 1982, 1985, 1986 and 1987.

Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) Mitigation Tables: The 1997 Illinois Experience


#4 Homeowner Floodproofing Behavior

Authors: Dr. Shirley Laska, French Wetmore, ASFPM
Date: 1989; Pages: 174

This report is the second in a series on how and why homeowners floodproof their properties. After the 1986 Chicago metropolitan area flood, DWR applied four new measures to promote floodproofing. These included distributing over 5000 copies of 'Protect your Home from Flood Damage', special meetings, 'open houses', and staffed tables for counseling. Dr. Laska was employed to survey DWR assisted flood victims, and to analyze how the public later implemented the advised floodproofing measures.

Homeowner Floodproofing Behavior


#5 HOW TO . . . Organize and Submit Technical Documentation for Flood Studies

Authors: James Morris, ASFPM
Date: 1992; Pages: 26

Past experiences with the documentation from FEMA studies indicate that many of the technical details of the studies have been lost. These instructions aim to help ensure that adequate technical documentation for all flood studies will be available in the future. 

HOW TO... Organize and Submit Technical Documentation for Flood Studies


#6 Terminology & Standards for Community-Level Flood Preparedness Programs

Authors: ASFPM Flood Mitigation Committee
Date: 1993; Pages: 14

This Technical Report is the product of ASFPM Flood Mitigation committee and contains three parts:

  • Terminology for Flood Preparedness Programs
  • Guidelines for Planning Community-Level Flood Preparedness Programs
  • Standards for Community-Level Flood Preparedness Programs

Terminology & Standards for Community-Level Flood Preparedness Programs


#7 Lessons from a 500-year Record of Flood Elevations

Author: James H. Eychaner
Date: 2015; Pages: 25

For the Danube River at Passau, Germany, flood elevation records show that only half the actual intervals between 100-, 50-, and 5-year floods are within 50 percent of nominal. Climate change will add unquantified uncertainties to future flood risk estimates. 

Lessons from a 500-year Record of Flood Elevations




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