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Over the years, wildfires have crept out of the wild and into the urban landscape, threatening more lives, property, and infrastructure than ever before, sometimes devastating communities. In Paradise, California, and the surrounding Butte County, 85 people lost their lives and an estimated 18,800 structures were destroyed because of the November 2018 Camp Fire. Damage to aboveground infrastructure is easy to observe and assess. However, communities are only just beginning to understand how their buried drinking water infrastructure can be damaged or compromised during these disasters. A response team from Purdue University and Manhattan College led an investigation into the damage sustained to Paradise's drinking water infrastructure and came to some surprising conclusions.

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Civil Engineering Magazine Archive
Volume 91Issue 1January 2021
Pages: 42 - 47

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Published in print: Jan 2021
Published online: Jan 15, 2021

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Caitlin R. Proctor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University; West Lafayette, IN
Andrew J. Whelton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University; West Lafayette, IN
Amisha D. Shah, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University; West Lafayette, IN
Juneseok Lee, Ph.D., M.ASCE
P.E., D.WRE
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College; New York, NY

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