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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Combating Floodwaters While Living on Fish River   [open pdf - 34KB]

"In 2014, Fish River experienced nothing short of a historic flood. Rain fell at a rate of several inches an hour throughout the night. The river swelled to record levels, surpassing flood stages set during Hurricane Danny 17 years earlier. The rising water caused many residents to flee their homes during the night. Many roads through South Baldwin County were closed and some neighborhoods were cut off leaving people stranded and calling for help. Returning home after the April 30 flood event, Daniel Godard realized all of his research and hard work had paid off. While some residents returned to homes completely inundated with floodwaters, his home was virtually unscathed. It sustained 12 to 16 inches of floodwaters at grade foundation. 'I knew the area floods. The only prudent thing to do was to build so that my home wouldn't be impacted by the flood,' said Godard, a retired Director of Risk Management for Alabama's Retirement System. 'I bought the property in 1986, but chose not to build until 2008. I researched the area's flood history and I watched floods in between to see just what I needed to do.'"

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