FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Successful Rebuilding After Previous Ruidoso Flood Proves it Can be Done   [open pdf - 50KB]

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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." [...] "The storms created overland flooding throughout Lincoln County, New Mexico. On September 18th at the base of the Gavilan Canyon in the Village of Ruidoso, rapid waters from the Rio Ruidoso washed out a bridge crossing. Foresight on the part of the governing body of the Village of Ruidoso saw this as a mitigation opportunity. Village leaders agreed to provide additional funding to improve the size of the bridge culverts to accommodate additional flow during flooding events. The Village of Ruidoso's action would mitigate the crossing against future flooding damage." 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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