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Region VII: After Major Flooding, Cape Girardeau Works Toward Resilience

This page describes the success that a community can have when it relies on innovative thinking, planning, and funding, and is committed to working with partners to take action to protect their community from the threat of future flooding events. It is intended for FEMA staff, along with state and community officials, mitigation and urban planners, and other individuals interested in how the Risk MAP program can benefit their community by addressing the issues the community cares about most.

After facing two 1-percent-annual-chance floods in 1993 and 1995, the city of Cape Girardeau, MO, was determined to take action to ensure the safety of the community against future flood risk and to help prevent the more than 100 homes in Cape Girardeau's floodplain from flooding for a third time.