FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: New Alexandria Home High and Dry During Hurricane Isabel   [open pdf - 36KB]

Alternate Title: New Alexandria Home High and Dry Elevated Above Hurricane Floodwaters

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: "Christine and Ron Redon had a close encounter with flooding when the Hurricane Isabel storm surge invaded their New Alexandria neighborhood. They heeded the call to evacuate and were not at home to watch as the water rose in their neighborhood during the dead of night. As daylight returned, all of their neighbors were shocked and dismayed to find two-feet of brackish water in their homes. The Redon home was undamaged. The difference between the Redon home and their neighbors came about due to a floodplain study done by Fairfax County, Virginia, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) 45 years ago. While other homes in the area were built in the 1940s with their first floor at a lower elevation level, the Redon's first floor level is at least two feet higher." 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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