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  • By Gayle Price
    Oct 9, 2009
    "Miami Valley’s flood protection system examined" Note: Review originally published December 10, 2007 in the Dayton Daily News & Springfield News Sun. Uploaded to Lulu by author. “How Safe Are We? — Flood Management in the Miami Valley” by Gayle Price Jr. (68 pages, $19.95). Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. In New Orleans the levees failed. Massive flooding left a swath of destruction. That tragedy evoked memories for some Daytonians of the worst natural disaster in Miami Valley history, the Great Flood of 1913. The 1913 flood caused $100 million in damages, equal to $2 billion today. Miami Valley residents of that era pledged $2 million in just two months to create a flood protection system. The Miami Conservancy District was formed. Today, the MCD maintains five large dams and 60 miles of levees constructed by 1918 to control flooding. For the past two decades, Gayle Price Jr. has been involved with the MCD. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans,... More > it made some Daytonians wonder, “How safe are we?” Price, the retired CEO of Price Brothers of Dayton, wanted to try to answer that question. The result of his efforts is a book, “How Safe Are We?” — Flood Management in the Miami Valley.” Price states, “My intention with this book was to prepare a simplified version to enlighten those in the region who were interested in the pioneering design process of Arthur Morgan.” Morgan was the genius behind the project. The book contains a wealth of charts, maps and photographs. Price has juxtaposed a number of photos of Dayton underwater with the flooded New Orleans. Katrina remains fresh in our minds. These photos of Dayton submerged convey a potency that subtly enhances Price’s text. In an interview, I asked Price, “How safe are we?” He couldn’t provide a precise answer to the question. He thinks that we need to look at flood protection in the Miami Valley and elsewhere by making different assumptions than the ones we currently operate under. He explained, “The Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA have gotten hung up on the ‘100-year flood.’ They use that as a benchmark to encourage people to get flood insurance if they’re in such a flood plain. But it has become almost a standard for people to say that’s all I need, that’s what I should have. “They may put a 100-year flood protection in place where they need 500 years. We need a national policy to tell people that. Even the flood insurance industry is telling people that a 100-year flood is really a 1 percent flood. In the time of a 30-year mortgage, there’s a 26 percent chance of being flooded. So you’ve got a 1-in-4 chance you’re going to be flooded. It’s sobering.” Price said, “We have an excellent system, probably one of the best in the world,” here in the Dayton area. He has written “How Safe Are We” because “I’m looking to enlighten our constituents.” The book is available at the Dayton Metro Library and can be purchased online at Price notes that “a number of books have been purchased by young people.” Vick Mickunas< Less
  • By Richard Reece
    Jan 16, 2008
    "How Safe Are We? by Gayle Price" If you are not concerned about your safety, don't be confused by the title. All Miami Valley Ohio residents should know more about the Miami Conservancy District and the elegantly designed flood control system that protects them from a repeat of the 1913 flood. This short, well illustrated, book describes the origins of the MCD and the fascinating design and construction details of the flood- control system that protects a large area of southwestern Ohio. Along the way are comparisons to the devastating 2005 New Orleans flood and some interesting thoughts about flood-control philosophies. The author, Gayle Price, is well acquainted with the subject, having been a director of the MCD since 1987. Recommended reading for students of flood management and for residents of the Miami Valley who want to know more about the flood-control system that both surrounds them and makes them safer. Richard Reece Kettering, Ohio
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Product Details

First Edition, First Lulu Printing
Gayle Price, Jr.
September 17, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.73 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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