FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Homemade Floodgates Succeed   [open pdf - 39KB]

Alternate Title: Homemade Floodgates Succeed Octogenarian and Blacksmith Collaborate

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: "Born and raised in Barrio Puerto Jobos in Guayama, Miguel Flores and his wife Evangelia Diaz have seen floodwaters rise into their home so many times they barely can number them. However, two years ago he came up with an idea that keeps the water out. Since Flores started using his floodgates, his home hasn't suffered significant 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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