Transportation Planning for Floods - Phase V

A major problem associated with flood events is that many roads become impassible or passable at a highly reduced speed. The first year of the project was focused on developing a decision support tool to reflect the impact of flooding on roads and quickly compute new routes for potential flooding scenarios. The research team was able to establish new measures that reflect the accessibility of different locations after flooding events. In the second year, the team used this accessibility measure to help make location and delivery decisions for a disaster. Much of the disaster relief literature looks at issues such as how to locate temporary emergency supply points, allocate limited resources among these supply points, and make deliveries to those affected but without considering the impact of the disaster itself. In the third year, the team started an important mitigation component for their work to include improvements on transportation network (e.g. elevating or protecting roads). Can the impact on transportation network after the flood event be reduced with select mitigation options? In the fourth year, the team likes to extend their mitigation analysis to flood control and protection infrastructure (e.g. levees, reservoirs). The team will prioritize the mitigation optimization objectives around accessibility to critical amenities like hospitals (given the COVID situation) instead of population or node accessibility. This helps to connect both mitigation studies and create a complete picture of the vulnerability. The main objective of the study will be on vulnerability assessment of transportation network from urban flooding with respect to accessibility to critical amenities (hospitals, fire station, etc.) and analysis of mitigation on flood control and protection infrastructure.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $155800
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mid-America Transportation Center

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
    Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Iowa, Iowa City

    IIHR- Hydroscience & Engineering
    307 C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Lab
    Iowa City, Iowa  United States  52242
  • Principal Investigators:

    Campbell, Ann M

  • Start Date: 20220101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20221231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230630
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: RiP Project 91994-99

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01844445
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747107
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 30 2022 11:37AM