Lessons From the Flood – Fix Your Mistakes

When emergency measures in Mendon Brook saved Rutland’s water supply but created future flood vulnerability, the town and partners went back and fixed the situation. Photo by Lori Fisher.

Emergency actions alleviate immediate problems but can create long-term vulnerabilities. That happened in Rutland when flooding threatened the cities drinking water supply, but the quick work to protect it created vulnerability to future floods. Fortunately, partners went back after the initial emergency subsided and corrected the mistakes made in the heat of the moment. Such follow-up efforts deserve the same degree of commendation that the initial emergency work received. Learn more about the importance of fixing mistakes in the latest installment of LCC’s Lessons from the Flood.