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Debris Management Planning; Why a Debris Management Plan?

Written by  Robert Swan

Hurricane Floyd, was the most devastating storm of the 1999 season. Virginia and twelve other states were impacted by the storm resulting in 13 major disaster declarations. Debris-generating events including floods, tornadoes, ice storms, fires, and hurricanes occurred in thirty-nine states and two territories during 1999. Twenty-one weather related disasters generated total costs of approximately $90 billion and 911 deaths during the period August 1992-May 1997. Costs to insurance companies, Federal and State taxpayers, and individuals associated with cleaning up after such events continue to grow at unprecedented rates. Businesses and individuals are faced with the associated costs for lost property and wages due to lengthy debris removal and disposal operations. Debris cleanup costs in four states and two territories exceeded $310 million following Hurricane Georges in 1998.