The New Year's Eve Flood on Oahu, Hawaii: December 31, 1987 - January 1, 1988
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  • ISBN: 978-0-309-04433-2
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The New Year's Eve Flood on Oahu, Hawaii:
December 31, 1987 - January 1, 1988
(1991)
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The flood that greeted the new year in 1988 brought home the uncomfortable realization that many suburban areas of eastern Oahu are at risk from sudden and, in some cases, unpredictable flooding. Torrential rains fell over the southeastern portion of the island on New Year's Eve, precipitating major flooding in several suburban neighborhoods and resulting in $34 million in damages. Neither the current meteorological capabilities nor the present flood control structures for the Oahu area proved adequate to predict or control the deluge.

This book documents and analyzes the meteorological conditions leading to the torrential rains, the causes and patterns of flooding, the performance of flood control structures in affected areas, the extent of damages, and the effectiveness of the local emergency response and recovery actions. Conclusions and recommendations are drawn from the analyses.

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  • Earth Sciences — Earthquakes, Floods and Natural Disasters
Contents

Table of Contents

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FRONT MATTER i-xiii
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1-6
1 INTRODUCTION 7-8
2 MANAGEMENT OF THE DISASTER EVENT 9-17
3 METEOROLOGY 18-32
4 HYDROLOGY AND HYDRAULICS 33-50
5 FLOORPLAN MAPPING 51-54
6 LIFELINES 55-57
7 DISASTER RECOVERY 58-61
8 CONCLUSIONS 62-65
9 RECOMMENDATIONS 66-69
REFERENCES 70-72
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National Research Council. The New Year's Eve Flood on Oahu, Hawaii: December 31, 1987 - January 1, 1988. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1991.

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