State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project Id: 2010IN248B
Title: Plan Today For Tomorrow's Flood: A Flood Response Plan for Agricultural Retailers
Project Type: Education
Start Date: 3/01/2010
End Date: 2/28/2011
Congressional District: 4
Focus Categories: Agriculture, Climatological Processes, Floods
Keywords: Flooding, flood response, planning, pesticides, fuel
Principal Investigator: Whitford, Fred
Federal Funds: $ 15,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 45,390
Abstract: A flood is similar to a spill, fire, tornado, or any other emergency. But, floods often take longer in the recovery process because of hidden damages, and often, lack of insurance. Floods are a real risk that an ag retailer needs to consider and plan for as part of doing business. While we can't necessarily predict who will be impacted by the next flood, we can think about contingency plans to deal with floods. Each flood has its own unique footprint over the impacted area and people's lives. How deep the water will be depends on the amount of water falling in that area, terrain, the elevation of the facility, the time period that it rains, how deep the river channel is, width of the flood plain, saturation level of rivers and creeks, and the ratio of impervious surface to soil surface. While each flood is different, plant managers know how their facility operates, and where chemicals are located in the warehouse. They know how water sheds off the property, how small rains impact the facility, and what roads are susceptible to flooding.

Relying on "Lady Luck" to get through the flood, or for that matter any emergency is a sure plan for disaster. Those who preplan and give some thought to what they would do in a flood usually can get back in business more quickly than those who did not put in place an action and reaction plan. How much you can accomplish will depend on how soon you start the process and how quickly the water is rising. The facts are clear: advance-planning limits the amount of damage caused by rising water levels.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF

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