FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: East Texas Community Sees Far Less Flooding with Construction of Detention Pond   [open pdf - 492KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. "The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." This Best Practice Story is about flooding mitigation efforts in Pine Forest, Texas. "Texas was hit with torrential rain during most of March, resulting in a federal disaster declaration for 11 counties including Orange. […] Since 2012, however, the city's detention pond-a mitigation project prompted by the flooding that followed Hurricane Ike in 2008- has proved a valuable investment. A detention pond is a low-lying area that temporarily holds water while slowly draining to another location. The pond provides some flood control during heavy rains."

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