Event Title

Updating the Muscle Shoals Flood Plain Map

Location

Collier Library

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Michael Pretes

Event Website

https://www.una.edu/studentresearch/

Start Date

22-4-2019 1:00 PM

End Date

22-4-2019 2:00 PM

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Description

The recent (February 2019) one-hundred-year flood in the Tennessee Valley area has tested the boundaries of flood plains. The city of Muscle Shoals experienced unexpected flooding in areas well away from the Tennessee River, such as in the Nathan Estates community. This and other similar neighborhoods had not been urbanized when flood plain maps were produced, leaving residents surprised when flooding and consequent evacuation occurred. These neighborhoods were also not covered by flood insurance. This project will help update the regional flood map to incorporate new data and imagery collected through Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology, by identifying low-lying areas that could be prone to floods. We expect to find several areas that are not included on current flood maps. This information will help planners better prepare for future flood conditions. (Note: this poster will present proposed research, and not completed research.)

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Apr 22nd, 1:00 PM Apr 22nd, 2:00 PM

Updating the Muscle Shoals Flood Plain Map

Collier Library

The recent (February 2019) one-hundred-year flood in the Tennessee Valley area has tested the boundaries of flood plains. The city of Muscle Shoals experienced unexpected flooding in areas well away from the Tennessee River, such as in the Nathan Estates community. This and other similar neighborhoods had not been urbanized when flood plain maps were produced, leaving residents surprised when flooding and consequent evacuation occurred. These neighborhoods were also not covered by flood insurance. This project will help update the regional flood map to incorporate new data and imagery collected through Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology, by identifying low-lying areas that could be prone to floods. We expect to find several areas that are not included on current flood maps. This information will help planners better prepare for future flood conditions. (Note: this poster will present proposed research, and not completed research.)

https://ir.una.edu/scholarsweek2019/2019/posters/11