FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Homes are High and Dry Protection from Verde's Floodwaters   [open pdf - 101KB]

Alternate Title: Homes are High and Dry Protection from Verde's Floodwaters

"Arizona's Verde River showed its dangerous side by flooding four times during the winter of 2004-2005. But for the most part, the Cottonwood homeowners along Comanche Drive with front-row views of the river escaped serious damage. Under a Yavapai County requirement, homes built in the Verde's floodplain must be elevated at least one foot above the base-flood level. Although the rising water entered some of the lower-level crawlspaces, no flooding was reported in the living areas of these homes. The recent flooding -- the worst since 1993 -- proved to be a lesson for those who wondered whether elevating a home was worth the bother and expense. Before the recent severe winter weather, some homeowners had questioned the need for elevation." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in 'Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011],' which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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