Loss Avoidance: Northern California Flood Control Mitigation

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed a loss avoidance methodology to evaluate the effectiveness of the mitigation projects. The methodology is based on the analysis of actual events that have occurred in the project study area since project completion. It determines losses avoided by comparing damage that would likely have been caused by the same storms without the project with damages that actually occurred with the project in place. The methodology was piloted by FEMA Region IX and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services who noticed a dramatic decrease in damages from severe storms and flooding in 2005 and 2006 when compared with similar flood events from the late 1990s. The study analyzed six projects in the Northern California area that were impacted by the winter and spring storms of 2005 and 2006.
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