FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Winchester Culvert Upgrades Prevent Flooding   [open pdf - 40KB]

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, "Major storm events repeatedly overwhelmed the culverts at Sylvester Avenue and at Canal Street in Winchester, Massachusetts. A 50-year storm event caused flooding and erosion of the culverts in 1996, and in 1998 a 25-year storm damaged the locations. Finally, a 2001 storm brought substantial damage, which led to a hazard mitigation project for the Town of Winchester. With funding from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), a $230,018 grant was awarded. Construction occurred in the summer months and required the bypass pumping of Horn Pond Brook to facilitate installation of the culverts and headwalls. This hazard mitigation project for the Town of Winchester was completed in 2005." 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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