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Urban sprawl and flooding in southern California

Circular 601-B

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Abstract

The floods of January 1969 in south-coastal California provide a timely example of the effect of urban sprawl on flood damage. Despite recordbreaking, or near recordbreaking, stream discharges, damage was minimal in the older developed areas that are protected against inundation and debris damage by carefully planned flood-control facilities, including debris basins and flood-conveyance channels. By contrast, heavy damage occurred in areas of more recent urban sprawl, where the hazards of inundation and debris or landslide damage have not been taken into consideration, and where the improvement and development of drainage or flood-control facilities have not kept pace with expanding urbanization.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Urban sprawl and flooding in southern California
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
601
Chapter:
B
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1970
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
[U.S. Geological Survey],
Description:
vii, B1-B11 p. :illus., map. ;26 cm.