FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Pulling the Plug on Monroe's Water Problem   [open pdf - 57KB]

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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 December 1987, Monroe joined the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), enabling homeowners to purchase flood insurance. When the August 1996 floods triggered a disaster declaration, detention ponds became a major focus in the city's mitigation plans. Plans called for the construction of a stormwater management system known as retention and detention basins. In May 2005, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Green County's Multiple Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan, which included the City of Monroe. The city identified flash flooding as one of its hazards and chose detention and retention basins as mitigation projects to relieve the problem. Work began in September 2007. The estimated total cost of this project, to be completed by fall of 2008, is $545,000. Funding will be provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, supplemented by local and Wisconsin Emergency Management matches." 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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