FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Philippi Acquisition   [open pdf - 27KB]

Alternate Title: Philippi Acquisition Preventing Flooding In a Rugged Terrain

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "The terrain of West Virginia is very rugged, consisting of forested hills and mountains with narrow valleys. Due to the extremely narrow river valleys throughout most of the State, flooding is the most common cause of widespread disaster. The flood stage is 17 feet. Since 1985, the Tygart River has flooded 8 times with flooding over 20 feet. In 1996, the area experienced, again, heavy rains and flooding. This repetitive flooding has caused more than $2 million in damage. The community received Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds to acquire three residential and three vacant commercial warehouses. Philippi will retain this area as open space." 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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