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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Answering the Call: Grand Isle Takes Building Codes Seriously   [open pdf - 187KB]

Alternate Title: Grand Isle Takes Building Codes Seriously

"Grand Isle's location on the Gulf of Mexico means it has sunshine, lots of tourists, and good fishing in abundance -- along with devastating storms. The Jefferson Parish barrier island has endured dozens of hurricanes, tropical storms, and other severe weather events throughout its history. In fact, since Europeans settled here in the 1700s, several storms have put the island, and the town, under water altogether. 'Following Hurricane Katrina, the island looked like a bomb had exploded,' said Nora Combel, the town's certified building official. As residents and business owners rebuilt, government officials looked for ways to avoid further damage. 'We adopted new building codes from the International Code Council and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Code of Federal Regulations,' she said."

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