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FEMA Publication Highlights Mitigation Successes in Maine


March 7, 2008


The dictionary definition of "mitigation" is "measures taken in advance to reduce adverse impacts." FEMA refines that definition, to focus on "breaking the cycle of disaster damage reconstruction and repeated damage."

Now a new brochure focuses attention on how those definitions have been applied in the real world, in successful mitigation projects in Maine over the last several years.

The publication, produced by FEMA, Region One in partnership with MEMA and the Maine Floodplain Management Program, State Planning office, looks at four very different projects that demonstrate the practical and lasting value of mitigation measures.

  • Fayette (Kennebec County): Geotextiles were used to stabilize a section of road destroyed by flooding
  • Wilton (Franklin County): A reconstructed retaining wall has protected a town landmark, the Wilton Free Public Library through a number of high-water events since it was rebuilt following a devastating flood in 1998.
  • Pownal (Cumberland County): A small town has invested in good engineering and materials to make two rural roads flood resistant.
  • Saco (York County): A family educated themselves about coastal flood and wind risk, and used that knowledge to build a storm-resistant home.

Download the Mitigation in Maine brochure (in Adobe .pdf format). For more information on mitigation programs in Maine, contact JoAnn Mooney.



JoAnn Mooney
800-452-8735 / 624-4443


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