FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Village Locals Reflect: Moving Was Best Flood Protection   [open pdf - 47KB]

"The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." [...] "Residents of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin experienced floods in 1907, 1912, 1917, 1935, 1951, and the 'big one' in 1978. On July 7, 1978 a federal disaster declaration made federal funds available to flood-proof the village. Local planners convinced state and federal officials moving the town was the best flood-proofing method and eventually received their first federal grant of $900,000 from HUD's Community Development Block Grant to get the project moving. This included acquiring flood prone properties, clearing the area, demolishing old properties, and rebuilding the town uphill." 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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