FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Elba Stormwater Drainage System   [open pdf - 28KB]

Alternate Title: Elba Stormwater Drainage System Ending Recurring Flooding

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "Elba, Alabama has a long history of flooding stemming from (1) failure of the town's protective ring levee, which caused major flooding throughout the downtown area, and (2) stormwater accumulation within the levee, affecting the low-lying southcentral and southwestern areas of town (as happened in 1994). [...] With a Hazard Mitigation Grant, Elba installed a stormwater drainage system in 1997. The system was built by widening an existing drainage channel and installing two pumps at low-lying points in the town's southeast quarter. The pumps, designed to remove water quickly from flooded areas, are each capable of moving 17,500 gallons per minute." 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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