Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

Charles F. Gritzner


The objectives of this study are threefold. First, the flood hazard in Brookings County is analyzed by describing the importance of geology, topography, soils, weather and climate in terms of their respective impacts on the flood problem. Second, it develops a consolidated source of information on the flood history of the county from 1936 to 1985. This 50-year period includes years of drought, the flood of record in April 1969, and 1984 when at least three floods covered the county in one year. Finally, it identifies and assesses flood problems and those efforts that have been planned and implemented in order to reduce the impact of flood hazard within the study area. This study is intended to consolidate flood information in sufficient detail to present the scope of the flood hazard in Brookings County over the last 50 years. During the literature review, it became apparent that while flood information is available, it was prepared by various local, state and federal agencies for specific flood-related purposes. This study is designed to discuss those aspects of flood information for a particular county with a history of flood problems in order that geographers and others can develop an appreciation for the scope of the flood problem for one county within the geographical boundaries of the State of ·South Dakota.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Floods -- South Dakota
Flood damage -- South Dakota
Flood damage prevention -- South Dakota
Brookings (S.D.) -- Floods



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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