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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Elevated Home Avoids Repetitive Flood Damage   [open pdf - 36KB]

Alternate Title: Elevated Home Avoids Repetitive Flood Damage

"When Hurricane Katrina hit the Louisiana coast on August 29, 2005, Sultana Hasen escaped with her life, but little else. […] Hasen's home and the neighboring houses on Live Oak Street are vulnerable to frequent flooding events. Heavy rains and poor drainage contribute to the vulnerability. Over the years, the various owners of the Depression-era home have filed seven loss claims for its structure and contents. Determined to do something about the vicious cycle of flooding and repairing, Hasan decided not only to rebuild, but to elevate her home to avoid a recurrence of the nightmare. In her planning, the contract employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers carefully considered several factors, including the base flood elevation, which is the height, relative to the mean sea level, that has a one percent chance of being equaled or exceeded by flood waters in a given year."

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