This objectives of this module are to understand the importance of turning disaster into knowledge and review the components of a geotechnical field reconnaissance report.
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Unusual winter storms in the Midwest have sent large volumes of water into rivers and drainage areas causing historic flooding in Illinois and Missouri. Flooding has disrupted transportation systems such as local, state, and interstate highways, rail lines, barge routes, and ferry services. Levee and flood protection systems have also been severely stressed. As of Monday, January 4, 2016, at least 11 levees had been overtopped causing thousands of people to be displaced, and over 20 deaths have been attributed to flooding (Reuters, Dec. 30 2015). Governors Bruce Rauner (Illinois) and Jay Nixon (Missouri) have declared disaster areas and a State of Emergency for affected counties (Washington Post, Jan. 4 2016).