FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: SBA Helps Homeowner Reach New Heights   [open pdf - 38KB]

"When Michael Barnett purchased his house in Long Beach in 2000, it was with the understanding that the house had sustained flooding in the past. The house sits a short distance from Reynolds Channel, which connects with the Atlantic Ocean, and at high tide the water is usually only 25 feet from the rear wall. Damage from previous flooding was obvious. Some sections of the floor were warped and some of the doors stuck due to water damage. To initially deal with the flooding concerns, Barnett engaged in some minor mitigation around the property, including landscaping the yard to improve drainage, reworking the gutters, and raising the electrical outlets. As a precaution, he kept a supply of sandbags and plywood on hand for future flood situations. It wasn't until Tropical Storm Irene came in August 2011 that Barnett found all his previous efforts weren't enough. 'The water (from Irene) was the highest I've ever seen it since I moved in in 2000,' said Barnett. 'It just poured into my yard…I had 28 inches of water in my house.' When the water finally receded, Barnett realized it was time to do something about the problem. Having no intention of moving or losing his home to another flood in the future, he began looking into options to deal with the constant flooding. The obvious solution was to raise his house. Barnett received financial assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to accomplish his goal."

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