Flood Damage in the United States, 1926-2000:
A Reanalysis of National Weather Service Estimates
Pielke, R.A., Jr., Mary W. Downton, and J. Zoe Barnard Miller, 2002: Flood Damage in the United States, 1926-2000: A Reanalysis of National Weather Service Estimates. Boulder, CO: UCAR.
Flood damage continues to increase in the United States, despite extensive
flood management efforts. To address the problem of increasing damage, accurate
data are needed on costs and vulnerability associated with flooding. Unfortunately,
the available records of historical flood damage do not provide the detailed
information needed for policy evaluation, scientific analysis, and disaster
mitigation planning. To address this problem the authors reanalyzed flood damage
estimates collected by the National Weather Service (NWS) between 1926 and 2000.
Their report, as well as the reanalyzed estimates, are available online.