Oregon Inlet Flooding Threatens Major Highway

Midshipman Researcher(s): 1/C Joshua Torres

Adviser(s): Dr. Anna Wargula, Dr. Liliana Velásquez Montoya

Poster #73

The goal of this research is to analyze the patterns and trends associated with flooding near the base of the bridge spanning Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. To do so, a numerical simulation model was used to predict flooding at the site. It was determined that the base of the bridge and roadway can be expected to flood once every 10 to 30 years, while the marsh can be expected to flood every year. The flooding frequency is important to the NCDOT because it threatens the only coastal highway which connects all of the islands of the Outer Banks.

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