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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Advanced Mitigation Planning Allows Hospital to Stay Dry During Tropical Storm Lee   [open pdf - 51KB]

"Broome County, New York - Lourdes Hospital, located in the picturesque city of Binghamton (pop. 47,376) and surrounded by rolling hills and rivers, averted major storm damage thanks to hazard mitigation and a new floodwall. The floodwall with passive floodgates, built with hazard mitigation funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and New York State, protected this vital property from floodwaters that devastated other parts of the city during Tropical Storm Lee. City officials estimated that as many as 2,000 buildings suffered flood damage from the storm. After being forced to evacuate patients and shut down operations in the Flood of 2006, Lourdes Hospital decided that it couldn't happen again. The 2006 flood, causing an estimated $20M in damages due to up to 20 inches of contaminated floodwaters on its ground floor, had forced the hospital to close for two weeks, cutting off critical services to the community. The hospital power plant, particularly vulnerable to flooding, had integrated costly measures such as temporary earth berms and stormwater pumps to ensure continuation of hospital operations. However, these berms were breached during the flood causing severe damage to the pumps and emergency generators, as well as fuel and water supply infrastructure."

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