Getting to Drier Ground: A Best Practices Guide for Repetitive Flood Losses in Florida

Monroe County Mitigated House
Monroe County Mitigated House
Florida Case Study Location Map
Florida Case Study Location Map
Flooding: Blanchard River Watershed
Flooding: Blanchard River Watershed

Semester: Spring 2011

Lead Faculty: Peter Koeppel, Former Senior Planner, FPDL, FSU

Project Partner: Florida Division of Emergency Management

Student Assistants: Ben Bird, Micah Burkey, Jessie Ehren, and Joe Szafaryn


Summary: The purpose of this guide is to describe local government efforts that have proven successful in addressing repetitive flood problems through the implementation of structural and non-structural mitigation measures. The stories in this guide provide examples of the local settings in which successful mitigation typically takes place. The guide presents a broad range of successful mitigation measures applied to a diverse set of communities throughout the State of Florida and includes two out-of-state examples.This guide is intended to aid state and local government staff and other parties who work in flood mitigation with their efforts to improve local mitigation activities and programs. The guide may be particularly helpful for staff whose primary focus is not mitigation, such as grant administrators, project managers, and planners, to better understand the mitigation process. Additionally, homeowners and other community members interested in mitigation are likely to find this document informative. Although mitigation strategies exist for all hazard types, this document focuses on flooding hazards.


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