FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Higher and Drier in Wisconsin   [open pdf - 54KB]

Alternate Title: Innovative Flooding Idea: Elevating the Land Rather Than the Structure

"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." [...] "In June 2008, when the Kickapoo River in Wisconsin overflowed after a deluge, homes around town were submerged in six feet or more of brownish water. But not Mason Evans' and his wife's, Diane, home. Learning from the floods of 1978 and 2007, the Evans' home was high and dry, because of their choice to elevate the land and prevent history from repeating itself." 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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