KWRRI Research Reports


The purpose of this study was to develop adequate guidelines whereby those interested in flood control planning would be able to apply a pair of digital computer programs known as the University of Kentucky Flood Control Planning Programs to ease the computational burden of evaluating specific flood control situations. Program II determines the economically optimum combination of channel improvement, land use restriction, and flood proofing for flood damage abatement. Program III also incorporates reservoir storage into the planning process. The Programs are not intended to provide a finished design but rather to select the optimum combination of flood control measures and residual flooding with regard to both time and space.

Application of Computer Programs to flood control planning is guided by presenting first a general description of the application process then a detailed description of the input required and the output produced by the Planning Programs. Input was developed and results interpreted to determine the optimum flood control plan for the upper reaches of the North Fork of the Kentucky River near Hazard, Kentucky.

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"Planning Flood Control Measures by Digital Computer" is based on research performed as part of a project entitled "Economic Analysis of Alternative Flood Control Measures" (OWRR Project No. A-001-KY) sponsored by the University of Kentucky Water Resources Institute and supported in part by funds provided by the United States Department of Interior as authorized under the Water Resources Research Act of 1964, Public Law 88-379.