FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Elevated Home Lowers Flood Worries   [open pdf - 35KB]

Alternate Title: Elevated Home Lowers Flood Worries

"Chestnut restored and elevated his home above base flood elevation (BFE) with a grant from the Mississippi Development Authority that provided up to $90,000 to help reduce the impact of future flooding. BFE refers to elevations associated with a flood that has a 1 percent chance of occurrence in any given year. As an added flood protection measure, the City of Moss Point adopted an additional 1-foot elevation, referred to as freeboard, above the BFE recommended by the National Flood Insurance Program. All new construction must adhere to this elevation. Homes and nonresidential structures built before the city adopted flood plain regulations have been grandfathered in, until the structure is either improved or damaged by more than 50 percent of its value. If the building is damaged, the owner must elevate the structure, move it to higher ground, flood proof it if it is nonresidential, or demolish it."

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