Morpeth, England

Morpeth, England

The town of Morpeth in the North East region of England has suffered from severe flooding in the last decade. In September 2008, the town experienced the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in the area – approximately 6 inches in 48 hours – resulting in the overtopping of the River Wansbeck flood defenses and damage to approximately 1,000 properties.

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Maasbommel, Netherlands

Maasbommel, Netherlands

A collection of “amphibious” floating houses, with floating foundations to protect them against flooding, were built in the village of Maasbommel in the Netherlands, in areas that lie outside of flood protection infrastructure. This project shows how people in floodplains can better live with the water through housing that adapts to changing water levels.

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Mecklenburg County, NC

Mecklenburg County, NC

After numerous floods and repetitive losses of property, the City of Charlotte, NC and Mecklenburg County decided to adjust their approach to floodplain management. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services Division (SWS) took the initiative to research and update maps used to identify flood hazards.

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Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz, CA

Stormwater runoff from the city is a major contributor of pollutants to the San Lorenzo River and Monterrey Bay.  In partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State of California, the San Lorenzo River Flood Control Project was created to control stormwater and reduce flooding.

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San Mateo, CA

San Mateo, CA

After a reassessment of flooding risks in 2008, FEMA included 8,000 new San Mateo properties in the Special Flood Hazard Area of the Flood Insurance Rate Map. The residents of the area reacted by voting to build a levee themselves with fees of $76 annually to fund levee construction and floodwall improvements.

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Rahway, NJ

Rahway, NJ

In the early 2000s, the City of Rahway, New Jersey, created a small park for floodplain restoration which proved effective in reducing property loss and restoring ecosystem functions. The success of this project prompted the creation of a greenway master plan and built public support for a broad range of sustainability-minded initiatives in the city.

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Onion Creek, TX

Onion Creek, TX

Onion Creek flows from Hays County, Texas into Travis County where it meets the Colorado River east of Austin. It experiences frequent flooding, and the Onion Creek Greenway Plan serves to protect stream corridors and floodplains while simultaneously using these areas for recreation.

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Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

Nashville, Tennessee has taken the initiative to mitigate urban flooding due to rainfall through the use of green infrastructure. The city took a low impact approach by implementing measures that would capture water before it entered the combined sewer system, thus relieving pressure on an over-taxed system.

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Kinston, NC

Kinston, NC

The city of Kinston, North Carolina was struck by two devastating hurricanes in a relatively short period of time. To protect human life and prevent future property damage, city planners utilized FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to carry out voluntary buyouts of flooded properties and provide residents with money to move to safer areas of the community.

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