FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Partnership, Program, Persistence   [open pdf - 28KB]

Alternate Title: Partnership, Program, Persistence Watershed Buyout Plan

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: "Although far removed from both the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the City of Neosho, had a long history of flooding. In the 1960s, the Hickory Creek Watershed (and especially the High School Branch which runs directly through the City) became insufficient to carry runoff water in severe storms. Average annual flood damages to homes, businesses, public facilities, roads, and bridges totaled $855,500. Armed with documented statistics, the City developed a watershed agreement in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The agreement was designed to eliminate the flood-rebuild-flood cycle within the City via a buyout of several residential and commercial properties and the construction of 11 floodwater retention dams." 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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