FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: High and Dry in Chickamauga   [open pdf - 44KB]

Alternate Title: High and Dry in Chickamauga Elevated Homes Prove Value

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: "In mid-September 2004, Hurricane Ivan brought some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded to the City of Chickamauga, a small town in northwest Georgia close to Chattanooga, Tennessee. This caused the West Chickamauga Creek to rise, as heavy rains have done for years. The rising waters inundated properties in the creek's floodplain. Although the city has experienced occasional high water over the years, it was not until the 1990s, especially after the flooding caused by Hurricane Opal in 1995, that Chickamauga was able to justify a flood mitigation project. The project got underway in earnest in 2000 with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. The City of Chickamauga offered residents along West Chickamauga Creek three choices: have their property bought out by the city, have their homes elevated, or do nothing. Most residents chose to elevate their homes." 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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