FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Centralia Home Elevation Project   [open pdf - 31KB]

Alternate Title: City of Centralia Home Elevation Project

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: "Approximately every five years, heavy winter rains force the Chehalis and Skookumchuck Rivers outside their banks, flooding as many as 600 homes and businesses throughout the City of Centralia. With six Federally declared flood disasters since 1975, City officials and residents knew that something had to be done to break the cycle of flooding. [...] In February 1997, the City was granted approval to expend $1.5 million in HMGP funds to elevate 48 homes that have experienced repetitive flood losses. This grant has been supplemented twice, so that the City of Centralia would be able to fund the elevation of at least 80, or approximately 17 percent, of at-risk homes. The total cost for the Centralia HMGP-funded elevation project is now $3,131,140. Of that total, 75 percent was funded by FEMA, 12.5 percent by the State of Washington, and 12.5 percent by individual homeowners." 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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