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 FEMA HAZARD MITIGATION
 HANDBOOK SERIES

-----HOME PAGE-----


 

 FLOOD HANDBOOK
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    Introduction

    Symbols and Keywords
 
     Mitigation Alternatives
 
 I.       ROADS
     A.     Ditch Erosion
     B.     Embankment Erosion
     C.     Roadway Erosion
 
 II.       CULVERTS
     A.      Insufficient capacity
     B.      Plugging
     C.      Embankment Erosion
     D.      Misalignment
 
 III.       BRIDGES
     A.      Misalignment
     B.      Insufficient Flow Capacity
     C.      Erosion (Approaches)
     D.      Scour (Piers & Abutments)
     E.      Debris Impact
 
 IV.       BUILDINGS
     A.     Inundation
     B.      High Velocity Flows
 
 V.       UTILITIES
     A.      High Velocity Flows
     B.      Soil Settlement
 
 VI.       IRRIGATION FACILITIES
     A.      High Velocity Flows
  
 VII.       MISCELLANEOUS FACILITIES
     A.      Inundation
     B.      High Velocity Flows
 
 Appendices
     A.      Regulations
     B.      Glossary &
  
         Keyword Index
     C.      Acronyms
     D.      References
     E.      List of Contributors


MITIGATION ALTERNATIVES
FOR FLOOD DAMAGED
PUBLIC FACILITIES

Organization of mitigation measures in this Handbook:

Damages to public facilities from a disaster can vary greatly, dependent upon site and facility condition. This Handbook is organized first by type of facility, then by failures or damages that are commonly sustained by that facility due to a flood. Each category of failure or damage lists a selection of mitigation ideas to consider. The effectiveness, limitations, and considerations for each mitigation measure are also identified.

Engineering, design, and permitting requirements:

The Handbook does not detail site-specific requirements, as the engineering analysis, design, and permitting of each project will vary widely. In many instances, the applicant is well qualified to conduct the engineering and design, as well as construction specifications, in-house. In other cases, it will be necessary to contract with outside sources.

Public Assistance eligibility:

As with all agencies that provide federal funding, FEMA requires specific criteria be met regarding eligibility before it approves proposed projects. ONLY FEMA CAN DETERMINE AN APPLICANT'S ELIGIBILITY. Eligibility criteria are detailed in the Public Assistance Guide, Publication No. FEMA 322. Additional information can also be obtained through FEMA's website at www.fema.gov or the FEMA Regional Office.

 
 

NOTE:  None of the mitigation measures in these Handbooks should be considered ‘pre-approved’ or otherwise automatically eligible for FEMA funding. Only FEMA staff can determine eligibility, once they have determined that an applicant is eligible and they have reviewed a project proposal.

FEMA HAZARD MITIGATION HANDBOOKS                                                                        Updated: June 13, 2002