FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Simple Fix for Village of Greene Wastewater Treatment System   [open pdf - 38KB]

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: "Not all projects to reduce future flooding damages require complex solutions - sometimes a simple fix serves just as well. For example, take the three lift pump stations located in Chenango County's village of Greene. The pumps are about 20 to 25 feet deep in a manhole and are part of the wastewater treatment system that was knocked off line by flooding in June 2006. Before the flood, the manhole cover was on a metal collar that lifted the entry point about a foot above ground level. During the flood the water rose approximately three to four feet deep at the pump locations, knocking out the motors and threatening to compromise the entire wastewater treatment system. In the end, another four feet of manhole collar was welded on top of the existing manhole collars. This lifted the manhole entries roughly a foot above the flood of record for this area." 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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