The Flood of '96
In 1996, overflow from the
Yakima River broke through sandbag barriers and flooded Toppenish homes
The Research Question:
Will the Yakima River flood the same areas or will it follow
a different course?
The Research Method:
Historical research was conducted to identify possible future
flooding in Toppenish. Data was
gathered through interviews, library, Internet, and media research. Based
on this research, a model with acetate
overlays was constructed showing the Yakima River's course before, during,
and predicted future flooding.
Take a look at the Model.
The Research Results:
The research shows that the river course has changed over the
years, but certain areas continue to
More studies can be conducted on the physical, emotional,
and psychological damage
caused by the flooding of the Yakima River. Also, studies can be conducted
on the effects of flooding on the
wildlife and vegetation in the Yakima Valley.
5 young women researchers
Advisors: Leonor de Maldanado
1st Acetate Layer
Outline of the river's course before the flood.
2nd Acetate Layer
Outline of flooded areas and changes in the river's course.
3rd Acetate Layer
An outline of which areas are most likely to flood
again and how the river's course may change.
The final result shows how the river course has changed as a result of