Ten Years Later – Symposium Explores Lessons of 2004 Flood from Hurricanes Frances and Ivan

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GIS image created by UNC Asheville's NEMAC shows the Swannanoa River and its floodplain.

Ten years ago this September, torrential rainfall flooded large areas of Asheville and the region, ruining homes and businesses, causing damage that stopped water service for many days, and creating landslides.

To assess lessons of that experience and the current state of preparedness, UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) and Atmospheric Sciences Department will host a symposium featuring local, regional and national experts. The symposium—The Asheville Floods of September 2004: 10 Years of Action, Research, and Mitigation—takes place from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mission Health System Mountain View Conference Room. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The record-breaking flooding of 2004 in Western North Carolina was caused by remnants of closely grouped hurricane systems, most notably Frances and Ivan. The region suffered $200 million in damage, and since then many local, state, federal, and private sector partners have worked continuously to build and increase resiliency in an effort to be better prepared for the next major flood event.Photo provided by the NCDOT

The symposium will provide a look back at the flooding events, an overview of flood mitigation efforts, landslide hazard and floodplain mapping, meteorological and hydrological perspectives, and new tools and technologies for supporting local flood-related decision making. Representatives from UNC Asheville, Duke University, the National Weather Service, the North Carolina Geological Survey, the City of Asheville, the engineering consulting firm Brown and Caldwell, and other organizations will be among the presenters.

For more information, visit nemac.unca.edu or contact Greg Dobson at gdobson@unca.edu