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Regulating ParadiseLand Use Controls in Hawai'i$
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David L. Callies

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834753

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834753.001.0001

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Floodplains and FEMA

Floodplains and FEMA

(p.235) Chapter 7 Floodplains and FEMA
Regulating Paradise

David L. Callies

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the formulation of disaster protection policies. This is in part due to the tendency to build houses in floodplains and coastal hazard areas. In Hawaiʻi, the flood hazard is both riverine and coastal. Heavy rainfall causes riverine flooding, resulting in the temporary rise of the water level of natural watercourses. In contrast, coastal flooding occurs when unusual surf conditions or tsunamis generate waves that inundate shoreline areas. The chapter’s brief sketch of the hazards of flooding helps to justify floodplain zoning. Nevertheless, the theoretical public purpose behind the local regulation of flood-prone lands is well established. This is particularly critical since the Flood Disaster Protection Act (FDPA) and its predecessors require nothing until a community chooses to become part of a federal program.

Keywords:   disaster protection policy, floodplains, coastal hazard areas, riverine flooding, coastal flooding, Flood Disaster Protection Act, Hawaiʻi

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