FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Mitigation Prevents Bridge Damage in West Virginia   [open pdf - 28KB]

Alternate Title: Mitigation Prevents Bridge Damage West Virginia Homeowners Relieved

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "Many West Virginia homeowners and businesses took steps after floods to make their property more secure from flood damage. Some of those efforts were tested in the latest floods and landslides that began Memorial Day weekend 2004. It isn't only individuals and businesses that can make property more resistant to floods. Local and State governments also can take mitigation action. Public assistance or 'infrastructure' mitigation takes many forms, but one of the most successful has been upgrading flood-damaged bridges when they are being replaced because of flood 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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