FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Greenville County 'Buys Down the Risk' With Property Acquisition Program   [open pdf - 236KB]

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 flood mitigation efforts in Greenville County, South Carolina. "Creeks can be deceiving. The unassuming, meandering bodies of water convey a sense of calm to passersby, and sets scenes of solitude for the homeowner peering at its subtle wonder. Throughout history, communities have grown up around these bodies of water, resulting in thriving businesses and robust economies. But growth and development does not come without risks, and communities like Greenville County have learned to manage this risk in order to save lives and property, while ensuring future growth and prosperity for residents. […] As a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Greenville County conducted detailed studies of the watershed and found that the amount of new development occurring upstream of Brushy and Gilder creeks was causing severe flooding during storm events."

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