FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Drayton Lift Station Relocation   [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 that, "Carol Gardner, a long time resident and city auditor of Drayton, North Dakota, fears the day she'll awaken to find that a street or building in her city has, without warning, fallen into the river which hugs its eastern border. The riverbank, which winds its way along the city's neighborhoods and the downtown main street, is unstable due to poor soil conditions. The viability of a sanitary lift station that sits near the edge of the sloping riverbank has been of particular concern to city officials. City officials knew their only option was to find a way to move the lift station before the riverbank collapsed or high river levels eroded the soil to its very edge. If either of those scenarios occurred, the city's sanitary capabilities for a portion of the town could be wiped out. Drayton applied for a grant through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and the project was approved in the summer of 2000." 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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