FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Floodwall with Passive Floodgates Signals Commitment to Patients and Community   [open pdf - 123KB]

"Columbus Regional Hospital, the only hospital serving Bartholomew County, Indiana, is now protected from future flooding thanks to hazard mitigation and a floodwall with passive floodgates. The floodwall with passive floodgates, built with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance 406 program (for hazard mitigation) and Columbus Regional Hospital, will protect this vital hospital from catastrophic flood damage, should the area be hit with flooding as was the case in 2008. On June 7, 2008, nearby Haw Creek, a small tributary, came out of its banks due to flash flooding in the northern part of the floodway. The unprecedented flooding quickly filled the basement and rose six inches on the first floor of the building, forcing the hospital to evacuate 157 patients and knocking out primary and emergency electrical systems, boilers, chillers, and transport system."

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