FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Beaumont Winning Flood Fight With Help from Texas and FEMA   [open pdf - 38KB]

"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." [...] "Jefferson County has consistently ranked among the top places in the United States for flood losses, including hundreds of properties that experience severe repetitive losses. As a result of only two storms in 2001 and 2002, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) paid out more than $19 million in claims for widespread residential damage in Beaumont, according to Gilbert Ward, manager of the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program for the Texas Water Development Board. District officials believe the completed projects have reduced or eliminated flooding in nearly 7,500 homes thus far." 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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