FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: C-4 Project: Channeling and Storing Water to Prevent Flooding   [open pdf - 98KB]

Alternate Title: C-4 Project: Moving Water to Prevent Flooding

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long term solution to reducing that risk." [...] "Hurricane Irene (1999) slammed into Miami-Dade County, causing heavy flooding, even in areas that had not been prone to inundation in the past. This was repeated a year later by Tropical Storm Leslie. Local emergency management officials decided that mitigation was necessary to minimize or eliminate the threat of repeated lowland and street flooding. The Miami-Dade Flood Control Project, or C-4 Basin Project, was created to address the county's extensive flooding problem. The project built on the existing canal system, and its goal was to relocate excess water from one area to another so it could be absorbed into the groundwater or held in reserve. To handle the distribution of water, the entire region is crisscrossed by a 620-mile series of canals and waterways." 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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