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Local Officials Dealing with the Aftereffects of Hurricane Harvey Should Be Trying to Lessen the Potential for Future Damage from Floodwaters


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ROUGHLY TWO MONTHS AFTER "HARVEY" STRUCK, THE CLEANUP AND REBUILDING CONTINUES.  HOWEVER, LOCAL OFFICIALS ALSO ARE THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE, AND THEIR COMMUNITIES' LONG-TERM INFRASTRUCTURE-NEEDS--SUCH AS HOW TO LESSEN FUTURE DAMAGE FROM FLOODING.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO JOHN BASILICA--WHO LEADS REGIONAL DISASTER-RECOVERY SERVICES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE-SOLUTIONS FIRM, "H-N-T-B"...

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BUILDING RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRITICAL, BECAUSE IT KEEPS THE FOCUS ON BETTER PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION, FOR THE NEXT DISASTER--NOT JUST RECOVERING FROM THE LAST ONE.  WHILE IT'S IMPORTANT TO ACT PROMPTLY AFTER ANY DISASTER, FIXING APPARENT DAMAGE ALONE MAY NOT BE ENOUGH:  LATENT DAMAGE IS A HUGE ISSUE THAT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO ASSESS--SINCE IT CAN'T BE DETECTED BY VISUAL INSPECTION ALONE.  LONG AFTER THE INITIAL CLEANUP IS COMPLETE, 'HARVEY'S' FLOODWATERS COULD STILL CREATE CONDITIONS THAT NOT ONLY WEAKEN ESSENTIAL STRUCTURES--BUT [ALSO] SIGNIFICANTLY DEGRADE THEIR DESIGNED SERVICE-LIFE.  THAT'S WHY TRANSPORTATION-AGENCIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE WORKING WITH PRIVATE-SECTOR FIRMS, TO ESTABLISH BETTER WAYS TO IDENTIFY, REPAIR, AND SAFELY REMEDIATE ALL FORMS OF DAMAGE--INCLUDING LATENT DAMAGE."

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