FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Town of East Haven Has Lifted Itself above the Rest   [open pdf - 33KB]

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. In this Best Practice Story "the town of East Haven experienced flooding caused by the Farm River every winter, while summers meant flooding due to coastal storms. No matter what the season, East Haven's firefighters were constantly evacuating and rescuing residents. A prior grant of $250,000 from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection allowed the enlargement of an area underneath a bridge over the Farm River, which had blocked water flow during river flooding. The fates of specific homes inappropriately built in floodplains near the river were addressed. To raise awareness of the NFIP, educational fairs were held for the public at both shoreline and inland locations. Within two years, East Haven was retuned to good standing in the NFIP. In recognition of its involvement in mitigation projects and commitment of municipal staff time, East Haven was named as a Connecticut 2000 Project Impact community. Project Impact was a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiative to build disaster resistant communities. East Haven developed and implemented several projects with Project Impact dollars: elevation or demolishing homes, cleaning up debris along the river banks, and purchasing a shallow rescue boat intended for river use." 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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