FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Furnace Elevation to Prevent Future Damage   [open pdf - 28KB]

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. This Best Practice Story describes, "Otsquago Creek meanders through the town of Starkville, New York. Normally it is a quiet, beautiful spot that attracts wildlife and residents alike. The creek flows just behind Leah Cook's house, takes a turn to the east and moves on. All that changed in late June when torrential rains filled the creek to flood stage and sent the raging water over its banks and into Leah's cellar. Leah's house dates back to the 1800s, and the cellar walls have seen flooding before. But in her 56 years in the house, Leah had never seen the creek as high as it was in June. When the cellar flooded, the gas furnace Leah had installed in 1985 was ruined and the sump pump (used to pull out the water) was without power. Floodwater sat in the rock-walled room for several days until firemen came to the rescue with their heavy-duty pump and cleared it out. The inspector arrived after Leah called FEMA and the State of New York to register for assistance. With the assistance money Leah received to replace her old furnace, she decided to do something unusual with the new one; she had it attached to the cellar ceiling. Should the creek pour into Leah's cellar again, her furnace should be safely above the floodwaters." 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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