N ow e if f r NEWS AND NOTES BUILDIN G BETTER HOMES FOR FOLLOW THE FLOODS HURRICANES The recent hurricanes that swept A proposal currently in through the Caribbean and south- Congress calls for the creatio n of a National ern United States underscored the Geologic Trail that importance of constructing build- follows the path of floods ings that remain safe durin g severe tha t flowed through the storms. northwester n United At the forefront of the research States at the end of the to assess the ability of structures to last Ice Age, 15,000 withstand hurricanes is the Florida years ago. Scientists speculate that as many as 50 floods deluged an area from Coasta l Monitoring Program Missoula, Montana, to the Willamett e Valley in Oregon. (FCMP), a consortium of scientists Continenta l glaciers backed up the Clark Fork River—located from southern universities and the close to the border of Idaho and Montana—until the water Institute for Business and Home crashed through and caused the floods. Approximately 500 Safety (IBHS), an insurance-indus- mi 3 of wate r carried huge boulders hundreds of miles, carved tr y research organization. The ou t ravines, and created giant waterfalls.
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Dec 1, 2004
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