FLOODPLAINS AND LEVEES

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A LEVEE
Raised banks along the course of a river in its lower course. They are formed naturally but can be artificially increased in height.
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FLOODPLAIN
The flat area adjacent to the river channel, especially in the lower part of the course.
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FLASHY FLOOD
A hydrograph that responds quickly to a period of rain so that it characteristically has a high peak and a short lag time.
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SUBDUED FLOOD
Has a longer lag time than a flashy flood, and therefore does not respond quickly. It characteristically has a low peak.
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HARD ENGINEERING
Strong construction methods to hold floodwater back or keep it out.
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SOFT ENGINEERING
More natural ways to reduce the impact of flooding on humans with less intervention and more preparation.
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The flat area adjacent to the river channel, especially in the lower part of the course.

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FLOODPLAIN

Card 3

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A hydrograph that responds quickly to a period of rain so that it characteristically has a high peak and a short lag time.

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Card 4

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Has a longer lag time than a flashy flood, and therefore does not respond quickly. It characteristically has a low peak.

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Card 5

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Strong construction methods to hold floodwater back or keep it out.

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