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Flood damage costs beyond buildings—A Lake Champlain case study

October 5, 2023


Floods account for more than 75 percent of Federal disaster declarations and lead other natural disasters in economic costs. Early-warning systems have lowered flood-related fatalities, but costs continue to rise as flood-prone areas continue to be urbanized (U.S. Geological Survey, 2006). A Lake Champlain case study shows that at moderate flood heights, the economic costs of non-structural damages or losses—such as temporary lodging, residential debris removal, commercial revenue losses, and road repair—can be greater than economic damages to buildings. For unprecedented flood heights, non-structural damages can still total more than 10 percent of structural damage costs.

Publication Year 2023
Title Flood damage costs beyond buildings—A Lake Champlain case study
DOI 10.3133/fs20233034
Authors Charles Rhodes
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2023-3034
Index ID fs20233034
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Science and Decisions Center