FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Improved Channel Brings Security and Tranquility   [open pdf - 40KB]

Alternate Title: Improved Channel Bringing Security and Tranquility

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: "When Hurricane Georges hit Puerto Rico in September 1998, residents of San Felipe's Interior Street in Jayuya saw the La Zanja Creek turn into a river that ran over the existing protective wall and headed for the road and their properties. The storm caused over $22,000 in damages due to the overflow of the La Zanja Creek. Portions of the road were washed out and debris was left behind. In 2000, FEMA, through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), awarded funds for the improvement of the existing canalization of the creek. The project included the addition of 164 feet to an existing 656-foot long channel and the construction and/or reconstruction of a concrete wall. This protective wall was designed to prevent water from overflowing the natural creek and running into the street and homes in La Zanja ward." 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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