Report Strengthens Economic Case for Flood-prepared Infrastructure

“Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure” provides analysis and key examples that underscore the benefits of investing in flood mitigation measures.

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From elevating roadways in Nebraska to moving wastewater treatment plants away from flood plains in Iowa, proactive measures before flooding can provide a major return on investment, according to a new report from the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). The report, “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure”, provides analysis and key examples that underscore the benefits of investing in mitigation measures.

In developing the report, NIBS examined natural hazard mitigation investments across the country that included upfront spending on infrastructure projects — such as raising roads above anticipated flood levels and moving water treatment plants outside of flood plains — as well as near- and long-term maintenance. Benefits included avoiding replacement or repair of damaged infrastructure and disruptions to daily life from impacts such as closed roads, impaired public safety, and loss of essential services like water and electricity. 

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