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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Phoenix Case Study." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25381.
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Appendix E

Phoenix Case Study

For the Phoenix case study, the committee did not convene a full workshop. Instead, they held a meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, to which local, state, regional, and federal stakeholders were invited. The meeting included presentations and discussion on four aspects of urban flooding:

  • Physical aspects of urban flooding (built and natural environment),
  • Data and informational aspects of urban flooding (forecasts, maps, demographics),
  • Social aspects of urban flooding (people and institutions), and
  • Actions and decision-making aspects of urban flooding.

Additional details on the topics covered in the presentations are available at http://nationalacademies.org/Urban-Flooding-Visits.

The committee meeting was followed by site visits to four Phoenix and Scottsdale locations.

MEETING AGENDA

Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona
January 23, 2018

8:30a.m. Welcome and Introductions
David Maidment, Committee Chair, University of Texas at Austin
Lauren Alexander Augustine, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
8:35-10:15 Overview talks about the four aspects of urban flooding
8:35 Physical Dimensions of Urban Flooding
Kristina Jensen and Hasan Mushtaq, Floodplain Manager, City of Phoenix
Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Phoenix Case Study." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25381.
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8:55 Information Dimensions of Urban Flooding
Stephen D. Waters, AMS, Flood Control Manager, Flood Control District of Maricopa County
9:15 Social Dimensions of Urban Flooding
Elizabeth (Beth) Boyd, Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross
9:35 Action and Options for Urban Flooding
Steve Olmsted, Innovative Programs Manager, Arizona Department of Transportation
9:55 Discussion
10:15 Open session ends

SITE VISITS

January 22, 2018

1:00p.m.-6:00p.m. Site visits
  • Phoenix locations
    • Arizona State University downtown campus
    • Salt River Floodplain
    • Surrounding neighborhoods
Guides: Hasan Mushtaq and Tina Jensen, City of Phoenix
  • Scottsdale locations
    • Indian Bend Wash and surrounding neighborhoods
Guide: C. Ashley Couch, City of Scottsdale
Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Phoenix Case Study." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25381.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix E: Phoenix Case Study." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25381.
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Flooding is the natural hazard with the greatest economic and social impact in the United States, and these impacts are becoming more severe over time. Catastrophic flooding from recent hurricanes, including Superstorm Sandy in New York (2012) and Hurricane Harvey in Houston (2017), caused billions of dollars in property damage, adversely affected millions of people, and damaged the economic well-being of major metropolitan areas. Flooding takes a heavy toll even in years without a named storm or event. Major freshwater flood events from 2004 to 2014 cost an average of $9 billion in direct damage and 71 lives annually. These figures do not include the cumulative costs of frequent, small floods, which can be similar to those of infrequent extreme floods.

Framing the Challenge of Urban Flooding in the United States contributes to existing knowledge by examining real-world examples in specific metropolitan areas. This report identifies commonalities and variances among the case study metropolitan areas in terms of causes, adverse impacts, unexpected problems in recovery, or effective mitigation strategies, as well as key themes of urban flooding. It also relates, as appropriate, causes and actions of urban flooding to existing federal resources or policies.

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