FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Historic Town's Flood Concerns Alleviated With Buyouts   [open pdf - 42KB]

"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." [...] "As far back as residents of Sidney, Illinois can recall, the village has been confronted with flooding issues. An acquisition project has reportedly worked wonders for the town. In the wake of the June 2008 flood, water edged onto the green space which at one time was occupied by homes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded 75 percent of the mitigation project through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The funds were administered by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). The total project funding was $295,945.21." 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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