|Re: Building in a floodplain||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: dahako (dahakoaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 16:54:49 -0800 (PST)|
Hi- My job involves managing grants for long-term disaster recovery in the US.? I have a lot of experience with (re)development in a floodplain.? Can't recommend it, especially in an area with greater than a 1% chance of a flood in any given year.? But, if you are going to do it, design for a higher probability of flood than is predicted and get more insurance than is recommended. Have an evacuation plan from word go. Elevate the living areas (particularly the kitchen and bathrooms) at least a foot above the average 1% flood level.? Ditto a generator.? Make sure you have a hatch in the roof so you can get out on it in a real pinch. Get a landscape architect to look carefully at your site and the surrounding area to make sure you will have the best drainage possible.? Often, after a flood, the time it takes to get water out of and away from the house is the difference between having a home and having a totaled, moldy shell. There's a lot of stuff out there now.? I'd check FEMA's website for resources, to start with. -Jessie Handforth Kome Eastern Village Cohousing Silver Spring, Maryland "Where we're talking about space reprogramming.? Sigh." ________________________________________________________________________ More new features than ever. Check out the new AOL Mail ! - http://webmail.aol.com
- Building in a floodplain Louis-H. Campagna, January 24 2008
- Re: Building in a floodplain John Beutler, January 24 2008
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