Mitigation efforts attempt to eliminate or reduce the effects of natural or manmade disasters. These are long term solutions that eliminate or reduce the risk to people and property. A prime example is the purchase and demolition of homes, or retrofitting of those homes that continually flood. These repetitive flood loss properties incur hardships both financial and emotional in nature until the homes are eliminated or retrofitted to better withstand the flooding events. Demolished homes usually become a park near a waterway. Retrofitted homes are usually elevated above the flood level, or utilities such as electrical panels, hot water heater and furnaces are brought upstairs above the flood level.
Huron County has a mitigation plan that is adjusted as needed, but formally changed and approved by FEMA every five years. The planning process of this document involves all governmental jurisdictions within Huron County, analyzes the hazard vulnerability and creates mitigation strategies that we can effectively implement into mitigation projects as funding becomes available.