Flood Damage Costs Beyond Buildings—A Lake Champlain Case Study

Fact Sheet 2023-3034



Floods account for more than 75 percent of Federal disaster declarations and lead other natural disasters in economic costs. Early-warning systems have lowered flood-related fatalities, but costs continue to rise as flood-prone areas continue to be urbanized (U.S. Geological Survey, 2006). A Lake Champlain case study shows that at moderate flood heights, the economic costs of non-structural damages or losses—such as temporary lodging, residential debris removal, commercial revenue losses, and road repair—can be greater than economic damages to buildings. For unprecedented flood heights, non-structural damages can still total more than 10 percent of structural damage costs.

Suggested Citation

Rhodes, C., 2023, Flood damage costs beyond buildings—A Lake Champlain case study: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2023–3034, 6p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20233034.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Lake Champlain Case Study Context and Approach
  • Estimated Principal Indicator Costs Compared to the Structural Damage Estimates for Buildings, at a Range of Flood Elevations
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Flood damage costs beyond buildings—A Lake Champlain case study
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2023-3034
DOI 10.3133/fs20233034
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Science and Decisions Center
Description Report: 6 p.; Data Release
Country Canada, United States
State New York, Vermont
Other Geospatial Lake Champlain
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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