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Willis Creek-Locust Grove Flood Mitigation Project

ALLEGANY COUNTY, MD - This project represents the second phase in Allegany County government's plan to remove residential properties from the 100-year floodplain along Willis Creek. Severe flooding in 1984 resulted in 29 homes receiving serious damages from water.

Wimpole Drive – Moving From Waterway to Greenway with HMGP

DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN – Wimpole Drive, a street that stretches along Mill Creek in southeast Nashville, Tennesee, is tailor-made for the property acquisition option of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA’s) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

Winchester Culvert Upgrades Prevent Flooding

WINCHESTER, MA - Major storm events repeatedly overwhelmed the culverts at Sylvester Avenue and at Canal Street in Winchester, Massachusetts. A 50-year storm event caused flooding and erosion of the culverts in 1996, and in 1998 a 25-year storm damaged the locations.

Wind & Flood Resistant Home Protecting a Personal Investment

SOUTHPORT, NC - Frank and Pamela Taylor know the pain of losing a home to disaster. In 1988, fire claimed the couple's 4,000 square foot historic house in Michigan. "We were away when our home was destroyed," recalled Pamela Taylor.

Wind Retrofit Project Helps Local Government Maintain Business as Usual

INDIALANTIC, FL – Enhancements to an Indialantic government building’s storm resiliency have prevented interruptions to essential community services.

Windows Manufacturer's Hurricane Preparedness Plan

VENICE, FL – When Rod Hershberger, president and chief operating officer of PGT Industries, tasked his executive team with establishing a mitigation/business contingency plan, his goal was clear … “We will take care of our PGT family, whatever it takes.” When Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 hurri

Winning The War Against Flooding Clearing the Creek to Keep the City Safe

BATAVIA, NY - Plagued by repeated flooding from the Tonawanda Creek, the City of Batavia, located in Genesee County in western New York, suffered millions of dollars in damage to its homes and businesses over the years. So the citizens of Batavia decided to do something about it.

Winning the Battle against High Wind Events

BELLE CHASSE, LA – Hurricane Isaac’s winds, rain and flooding were a big test for the new Plaquemines Parish Government Administrative Headquarters. The building, purchased shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was refitted with exterior storm panels beginning in 2010.

Wisconsin Emergency Management-HAZUS Used to Evaluate Flood Risk and Losses

WISCONSIN - In 2005, the agency charged with helping safeguard the State of Wisconsin against the impacts of all types of disasters initiated a significant undertaking: to conduct a 100-year flood risk-and-loss estimate that could apply to the entire state.

Wisconsin Mitigation Video An Education and Training Tool

DARLINGTON, WI - Several communities in the State of Wisconsin experience repetitive flooding. The City of Darlington is one that has successfully reduced its risk through a variety of flood mitigation measures.