FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Mitigation of Utilities in Older Home Prevents Damages [open pdf - 31KB]
"Mr. Robert Villee's home is in a residential neighborhood of Long Branch that is prone to flooding from the nearby river and marshland. His home was originally built at the turn of the 20th century and is mostly above grade. The foundation is red brick; the basement is about five and a half feet deep and has a cement floor with a sump pump and drains. The basement, which is about two feet below grade, houses the hot water heater and the boiler for the radiant heating system. [...] Before Hurricane Irene made landfall, he removed the equipment from the basement. While his neighborhood flooded, Mr. Villee's property did not sustain any damages as the floodwaters did not reach his home, but he was prepared for potential flooding. The hot water heater and boiler were reinstalled as soon as the storm passed."
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