Supplemental Information to the August 2008 Flood Plain Management & Hazard Mitigation Task Force Report, August 2008

(2008) Supplemental Information to the August 2008 Flood Plain Management & Hazard Mitigation Task Force Report, August 2008. Rebuild Iowa Office

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Abstract

The Flood Plain Management and Hazard Mitigation Task Force emphasizes the long-term benefits of mitigation and management to the entire state in preventing or reducing damages from floods and other hazards faced in Iowa. Investments in efforts to manage watershed areas and to mitigate any damages from floods or other disaster events benefit individuals, families, communities, agriculture, business and industry, and certainly public entities and infrastructure. The Task Force encourages the Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission to balance the immediate needs for rebuilding to include the beginning of the investments required to effectively mitigate future damage and maintain effective policy in Iowa’s watersheds. The significance of the damage seen in Iowa from the tornadoes, storms, and floods of 2008 include the loss of eighteen Iowans in disaster-related events. This alone should inspire investment in mitigation efforts for all hazards. Much of the damage resulting from the disasters can be tied to floodplain management and hazard mitigation, pointing the way toward enhanced efforts and new initiatives to safeguard lives, property, and communities’ economic health. Even so, it must be recognized that the weather events throughout last winter and spring added impetus to the rains and storms that ultimately resulted in record flooding. Some perspective must be maintained as planning progresses and significant investments in mitigation are considered to meet a specific level of safety and protection from future threats. The Task Force identified a number of issues, and four were agreed-upon as those with the highest priority to be addressed by the Task Force through a set of recommendations. Supplemental Information to the August 2008

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Rebuilt Iowa, Education, Iowa, Economic, Flood Plain, Hazard Mitigation
Subjects: Business and industry > Economic development
Natural Disasters
Natural Disasters > Flood
State government
ID Code: 10137
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 28 Dec 2010 14:39
Last Modified: 28 Dec 2010 14:39
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/10137

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