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What is the definition of a floodplain?

A low-lying area of land adjacent to a body of water that often floods

What is the primary cause of flooding during tropical storms and hurricanes?

Excessive rain

Why do people building in unmitigated floodplains often have high insurance premiums?

Because of the high likelihood of destruction caused by floods

What is the minimum land area temporarily covered to be considered a flood?

2 acres

What type of water can floods consist of?

Brackish water or saltwater

What is a storm surge as mentioned in the text?

A rapid rise in sea level during a storm

What can lead to flooding and flash flooding during tropical storms and hurricanes?

Torrential rains on land

What is the most costly tropical storm in United States history?

Tropical Storm Allison

What is the defining characteristic of a flash flood?

All of the above

What type of flooding often brings excellent agricultural benefits?

River flooding

What is the defining feature of groundwater flooding?

Rising water level below the ground

What infrastructure is built around bodies of water to raise their shorelines and prevent flooding?

Levees

What is the significant determining factor for the amount of destruction caused by coastal flooding?

Topography of the shore

What is the primary cause of river flooding?

Snowmelt

What type of flood is often much smaller in scale than other types of floods and poses a risk of spreading disease?

Sewage flooding

Study Notes

Floodplains and Flooding

  • A floodplain is a low-lying area adjacent to a body of water that is prone to flooding.
  • The primary cause of flooding during tropical storms and hurricanes is heavy rainfall and storm surges.
  • People building in unmitigated floodplains often have high insurance premiums because of the high risk of flooding.

Characteristics of Floods

  • A flood can be considered as a minimum of 1 square meter of land area temporarily covered with water.
  • Floods can consist of freshwater, saltwater, or a combination of both.
  • A storm surge is a rise in sea level due to strong winds and low atmospheric pressure during tropical storms and hurricanes.

Types of Flooding

  • Flash flooding is characterized by a rapid rise in water level, often caused by heavy rainfall, storm surges, or dam failures.
  • The most costly tropical storm in United States history is Hurricane Katrina.
  • River flooding is primarily caused by heavy rainfall, snowmelt, or dam failures.
  • Groundwater flooding is characterized by the overflowing of groundwater onto the surface.
  • Urban flooding often brings a high risk of spreading disease and is typically smaller in scale than other types of floods.

Flood Prevention and Mitigation

  • Levees are built around bodies of water to raise their shorelines and prevent flooding.
  • The significant determining factor for the amount of destruction caused by coastal flooding is the storm surge height.
  • Floodplains can bring excellent agricultural benefits due to the rich soil and nutrients deposited by floodwaters.

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