FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: FEMA Mitigation Leaves Bridge Standing Strong Through Repeated Flooding   [open pdf - 40KB]

"The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." [...] "Simple design improvements to a one-lane bridge in rural Reynolds County, Missouri have left the span standing while others around it have been damaged or destroyed by repeated flooding. The County Road 324 bridge over Sinkin Creek was heavily damaged in a flash flood in Spring 2002. Ongoing storms and tornadoes in late April that year resulted in a presidential disaster declaration that included most of southern Missouri. In the multi-million recovery effort that followed, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved funds to rebuild specific public infrastructure to higher standards." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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