FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Tested and Proven Success: Stormwater Improvement System Prevents Flooding   [open pdf - 38KB]

"Hurricane Fran overwhelmed much of eastern North Carolina with nearly 100 mph wind gusts and 8 to 10 inches of rain when it devastated the state in 1996. The storm caused an estimated $5 billion in damage in NC alone. River Bend, a town in Craven County, experienced massive flood damage so the town officials applied for Federal assistance for a project to relieve the town from future flooding. 'Fran was a wake-up call for our town,' said River Bend Mayor John R. Kirkland. River Bend town officials applied to the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) for funds from FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to assist with the project costs. River Bend's storm water system totaled $519,709 and FEMA funded $392,501, leaving the remaining $127,208 to the state. Under HMGP, eligible states and local governments can apply and be awarded grants for up to 75 percent of total project cost to complete mitigation measures following major disaster declarations."

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