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Is Flooding Getting Worse?
Are major floods becoming more common in the US? Rain and snow events are on the increase in and the and mount of rain falling in the heaviest downpours has also increased about 20% on average in the last century. USA Today


Will Levees Fail in Flood ?
WASHINGTON - The Army Corps of Engineers has identified 146 levees nationwide that it says pose an unacceptable risk of failing in a major flood. USA Today


Danger of Sea-Level Rise
Coastal Changes due to Sea-Level Rise
One of the most important problems in applied coastal geology today is determining the physical response of the coastline to sea-level rise. USGS - US Geological Survey


USGS: Floods - A National Threat
Floods can happen almost anywhere.
In the late summer of 2005, the remarkable flooding brought by Hurricane Katrina, which caused more than $200 billion in losses, constituted the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. However, even in typical years, flooding causes billions of dollars in damage and threatens lives and property in every State. USGS - US Geological Survey


USGS: The 100 Year Flood
How can 100-year floods happen so often?
Rivers across the Nation seem to be rising to record flood levels almost every year. In Washington, more than one 100-year flood has happened on a few rivers in just the past several years. How can 100-year floods happen so often? USGS - US Geological Survey


USGS: Measures a Century of Floods
Significant Floods in the US During the 20th Century
During the 20th century, floods were the number-one natural disaster in the United States in terms of the number of lives lost and property damage. For more than 110 years the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has measured floods for the Nation’s benefit. USGS - US Geological Survey

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