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Rainstorm and Flood Damage: Northwest British Columbia 1891-1991

Author(s) or contact(s): D. Septer and J.W. Schwab
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Erosion, Mass Wasting and Landslides
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Published 1995. Hardcopy is available.
 

Abstract

Historical reports of important rainstorm and flood events in northwest British Columbia and the Queen Charlotte Islands are compiled for the years 1891-1991. A brief descriptive history is presented for each event, including date, storm duration, precipitation data, storm damage details, and other relevant storm facts, along with a list of the source materials. Storm and flood dates were determined from Environment Canada climatological and streamflow data and local reports (e.g., in newspapers). Storm and flood details were gathered from newspapers, technical reports, scientific publications, ship logs, and diaries. The information is assembled in a chronological catalogue of events. The report will provide land managers, planners, foresters, engineers, and historians with an appreciation for the severity and extent of past historical events and the damage they caused. An understanding of the magnitude and frequency of the events described may help in project planning, emergency plan-ning and risk assessment.

Keywords: Historical reports, rainstorm and flood, northwest British Columbia , Queen Charlotte Islands, descriptive history, storm duration, precipitation data, storm damage details, storm facts, climatological and streamflow data, newspapers, technical reports, scientific publications, ship logs, and diaries, land managers, planners, foresters, engineers, and historians, magnitude and frequency, project planning, emergency planning and risk assessment, forests, natural disturbance

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