FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Brownsvilles Blue Ribbon Resacas Reduce Hurricane Dolly Flood Losses   [open pdf - 40KB]

Alternate Title: Brownsville's "Blue Ribbon" Resacas Reduce Hurricane Dolly Flood Losses

"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." [...] "When Hurricane Dolly came in the summer of 2008, Brownsville was ready with an ingenious disaster defense that kept hundreds of homes from flooding. The Rio Grande Valley leaders capitalized on natural assets, creativity, and teamwork to handle Hurricane Dolly's 10 to14 inches rainfall across the city. This Texas town is networked with what they call resacas, water-filled, winding 'blue ribbons' that aid in flood control and water storage, and add an aesthetic character to the city. Recently, city officials thought to use the resacas for flood control in a management network that stretches across multiple agencies." 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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