Identifying factors influencing flood mitigation at the local level in Texas and Florida: the role of organizational capacity Academic Article uri icon


  • In the United States, mitigating the adverse impacts of flooding has increasingly become the responsibility of local decision makers. Despite the importance of understanding why flood mitigation techniques are implemented at the local level, few empirical studies have been conducted over the last decade. Our study addresses this lack of research by examining the factors influencing local communities to adopt both structural and non-structural flood mitigation strategies. We use statistical models to predict multiple flood mitigation techniques implemented by cities and counties based on a survey of floodplain administrators and planning officials across Texas and Florida. Particular attention is paid to the role of organizational capacity to address floods in addition to various local geophysical and socioeconomic characteristics. Results indicate that organizational capacity is a significant factor contributing to the implementation of both structural and non-structural flood mitigation techniques, even when controlling for contextual characteristics. 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Brody, S. D., Kang, J. E., & Bernhardt, S.

citation count

  • 94

publication date

  • January 2010