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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Community Park Prevents Damage Acquisitions Prevent Future Flood Damage   [open pdf - 89KB]

Alternate Title: Community Park Prevents Damage Acquisitions Prevent Future Flood Damage

"After 34 homes on the west side of the Skagit River, opposite downtown Mount Vernon, were severely damaged in the 1996 floods, city officials concluded it was time to take aggressive steps to prevent this kind of damage in the future. In partnership with the Washington State Division of Emergency Management and FEMA, the City of Mount Vernon acquired 34 flood-prone properties. The designated houses were then demolished (or moved), and the entire site was combined to form an enlarged community park." 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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