FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: City of Ottawa Acquisition Project   [open pdf - 28KB]

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: "Located 80 miles southwest of Chicago along the Illinois and Fox Rivers, the biannual flooding of one particular floodplain area of Ottawa typically lasts three days with outside water depths anywhere from 1 to 6 feet. Although many of the occurrences may have been considered 'nuisance' flooding, people living in this 'flats' neighborhood had faced evacuation of their homes every few years. With losses ranging from personal property damage in basements to severe structural damage of homes and businesses, property owners with flood insurance were happy they had coverage. Flood insurance helped them maintain financial solvency." 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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