FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Filled Up: Elevation in Hernando County Prevents Flood Damage   [open pdf - 36KB]

"Hernando County, FL - BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - Samantha Vitalone and her family live on a 68-acre tract of land in the City of Brooksville, Florida. Her father, Alphonse Alesso, had purchased the property in 2003 with the intent of developing it as a home and thoroughbred horse raising facility. Alesso decided to design and build a new house, as well as add a much larger 30-stall barn. Prior to construction of the new house, Alesso was informed by Hernando County officials that he had to ensure the house was elevated to the required Base Flood Elevation (BFE) for the area. The Base Flood is the flood having a one percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year (commonly referred to as the 100-year flood). The BFE is the height to which a structure must be elevated to avoid damages from the one percent flood. This terminology can often be confusing, as many people assume this means that such a flood will only occur once every 100 years. It actually means that there is a one percent chance or greater that a flood zone will experience flooding that equals or exceeds its boundaries in that given year."

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