FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Saving an Architectural Landmark - Making it Flood Resistant   [open pdf - 39KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "The former St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran church will still be a gathering place. Despite decades of repetitive flooding damaging its interior and a subsequent buyout by FEMA and the city of Austin, the structure will again host celebrations. To stop the cycle of flooding, cleanup and costly repairs in a neighborhood bordering the Cedar River, an acquisition program was begun after severe flooding in 1978. The project was supported by the citizens group FACTS, the City of Austin, the Minnesota Division of Emergency Management (MDEM) and FEMA. More structures were designated for buyouts after flooding in 1993." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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