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A More Effective Scouring Agent: The New Year’s Eve Debris Flood and the Collapse of Local Flood Control, 1930–1934

Jared Orsi

in Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238503
eISBN:
9780520930087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238503.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The 1914 vision of hydraulic order had mutated into a technocratic nightmare. Over the previous twenty years, southern Californians spent fifty million dollars on a comprehensive plan, a centralized ... More


The Risky Business of Flood Control: When Dams and Levees Put People at Risk

Timothy W. Kneeland

in Playing Politics with Natural Disaster: Hurricane Agnes, the 1972 Election, and the Origins of FEMA

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501748530
eISBN:
9781501748554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748530.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses flood control policy, recounting how Frank Townend—who had been the civil defense director for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, for over a decade when Hurricane Agnes ... More


A Decade of Record Floods (1903–1913): The Federal Government Tackles Floods, but with Levees Only

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the most severe flooding of the Mississippi River basin in the early 1900s. These include the flood of 1903, which was the most devastating flood that residents along the ... More


The Flood of 1927: Sheltered by Immunity, the Corps Ventures Beyond the “Colossal Blunder” of the Levees - Only Policy

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and its aftermath. The flood caused between $230 and $360 million in property damage (up to $4.5 billion in 2010 dollars). The hardest ... More


2 A Decade of Record Floods (1903–1913): The Federal Government Tackles Floods, but with Levees Only

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the most severe flooding of the Mississippi River basin in the early 1900s. These include the flood of 1903, which was the most devastating flood that residents along the ... More


Conclusion: How Law Has Hurt, How Law can Help

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This concluding chapter presents some final thoughts about the nation's flood control policy. It argues that the problem is not that we fail to learn from our mistakes, but that we have short ... More


Conclusion: How Law Has Hurt, How Law can Help

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This concluding chapter presents some final thoughts about the nation's flood control policy. It argues that the problem is not that we fail to learn from our mistakes, but that we have short ... More


3 The Flood of 1927: Sheltered by Immunity, the Corps Ventures Beyond the “Colossal Blunder” of the Levees - Only Policy

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and its aftermath. The flood caused between $230 and $360 million in property damage (up to $4.5 billion in 2010 dollars). The ... More


The Flood of 1937: The Corps Builds Floodways

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the great flood of 1937 and its aftermath. The flood ravaged the entire Ohio River valley, including parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, and ... More


4 The Flood of 1937: The Corps Builds Floodways

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the great flood of 1937 and its aftermath. The flood ravaged the entire Ohio River valley, including parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, and ... More


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