Techniques are described for using flood-insurance study information from the Federal Insurance Administration to analyze flood plain management alternatives. A method of developing rating curves which relate flood discharge to flood elevation is explained. Graphical methods of determining urban flood discharges are used in conjunction with rating curves to develop flood profiles resulting from future urban development. The graphical techniques were compared with standard step-backwater computations for two storms and errors were less than 0.5 foot, which are well within acceptable limits.
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Application of hydraulic and hydrologic data in urban stormwater management