## Determining Flooding Probabilities (More about the 100-year flood!) |

If a stream overflows its banks with a flood that has a Recurrence Interval of 100 years, there is one chance in 100 that a flood of that magnitude will occur each year. That's the 100-year flood. In other words there is a 1/100 (= 0.01 or 1.0 %) probability of flooding of that magnitude or greater in any one year. If your house is on the 100 year flood plain, a 1% chance of flooding each year doesn't seem too bad. On the other hand, if you have a 30 year mortgage you might want to know the probability of a 100 year flooding event during the 30 year lifetime of your mortgage. Should you buy flood insurance or take your chances? Also, there are other questions you should ask such as how likely is a 100-year type flood during any 10 year period? Or how about during a 100 year period? Again, to answer these questions we must rely of statistics. First, let's turn the probability statement around.
If there is a 1% chance of something happening in a given year, like
the 100 year flood, then there is a 99% (=0.99) chance of there A 75% chance of there ## Answer these questions. |

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