Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio: Hurricane Katrina - Florida

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Hospital Haven: Facelift Provides Safe Hurricane Refuge for Young Patients

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Main Points:

  • Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) underwent a state-of-the-art retrofit to enable it to withstand a Category 4 hurricane.
  • A $5 million HMGP grant helped pay for the $11.3 million project.
  • Surgeries, diagnoses, and nursing care for the hospital’s young patients continued uninterrupted throughout all phases of the renovation.
  • MCH sheltered patients, staff, and their families during Hurricanes Frances, Katrina, and Wilma.
  • MCH has proven to be a safe haven for sheltering sick children and those who care for them.

The C-4 Project: Moving Water to Prevent Flooding

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Main Points:

  • Mitigation was necessary to minimize or eliminate the threat of repeated lowland and street flooding in Miami-Dade County.
  • To handle the distribution of water, the region is crisscrossed by a 620-mile series of canals and waterways.
  • The C-4 project installed forward pump stations and an emergency detention basin.
  • Canals were smoothed and reshaped, allowing water to move at a higher volume and speed.

 Other Hurricane Katrina Best Practices

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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