FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Rio Grande Valley Buyout Moves Floodplain Residents Out of Harm's Way   [open pdf - 37KB]

"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." [...] "Before the buyout, the residents of Del Mar Heights lived with chronic, contaminated flooding that trapped them in their isolated South Texas neighborhood. In 2003, the neighborhood flooded again because of a weather system that also spawned tornados in nearby coastal areas. This resulted in a Federal declaration, which made Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding available in the state. The county put together a grant application for a voluntary buyout for Del Mar Heights. It was selected by the state and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The final project took several years to complete, but it was completed well before Hurricane Dolly washed ashore." 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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