Human Interaction with Flooding

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Looking for a natural hazard to choose to write this paper on, I found that there isn’t as much human interaction involved in hazards than previously thought. Earthquakes were my first choice but after turning in a proposal your feedback instructed I choose something else. I did a lot of research on tsunamis and discovered that humans can’t really prevent or control tsunamis, and very few if any have been influenced by the activities of humans. My next thought was that volcanoes would be a great idea. After a little reading I realized that humans have very little to do with the timing and severity of volcanic eruptions. Most hazards all humans can do is prepare themselves with knowledge of the hazard, and a plan of what they are going to do. After it strikes all that humans account for is what they do for recovery. However, there is one hazard that involves quite a bit of human interaction; flooding. Flooding is known as the natural process of overbank flow. A flood can be characterized in several ways. One is the flood discharge, defined as the discharge of the stream at the point where water overflows the channel banks. It is usually due to the volume of the water within the body of water, like a river or lake, exceeding the total capacity of the body, and as a result flows outside of the body. Another way a flood can possibly occur is when the strength and height of a river is so strong that it flows right out of the river channel, usually at meanders or corners. This is called the flood stage. Listed are the types of floods that can occur: riverine floods (slow and fast), estuarine floods, coastal, and catastrophic. Flooding can cause plenty of damage ranging from cars, houses, bridges, buildings, roadways, sewer systems, canals, and any structure in general. It also can affect people and livestock due to death from flooding, and can cause

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