FEMA’s Impractical Advice
As the East Coast gets pummeled by rain, people who live in swamps like Washington, DC are facing flooding issues.
Many of us home owners have sump pumps in our basements to combat the water coming from above and below. Sometimes, they don’t work as well as they should as with my neighbor who has six inches of water.
So I read FEMA’s guide about retrofitting your home from flooding with interest. I can’t believe how impractical their advice is even for people who live in the suburbs! Forget about city people:
Who can pick up their house and move it. Hey, why don’t you demolish it and go buy one elsewhere.
Retrofitting means making changes to an existing building to protect it from flooding or other hazards such as high winds and earthquakes. FEMA publication 312, Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways To Protect Your House From Flooding , provides information that will help you decide whether your house is a candidate for retrofitting. The guide helps by describing six retrofitting methods that protect your house from flooding.
|Elevation is raising your house so that the lowest floor is above the flood level. This is the most common way to avoid flood damage.|
|Wet floodproofing makes uninhabited parts of your house resistant to flood damage when water is allowed to enter during flooding.|
|Relocation means moving your house to higher ground where the exposure to flooding is eliminated altogether.|
|Dry floodproofing is sealing your house to prevent flood waters from entering.|
|Levee and floodwall protection means constructing barriers to prevent flood waters from entering your house.|
|Demolition means razing your house and rebuilding properly on the same property or buying a house elsewhere.|