The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) showcases two Mitigation Best Practices stories that include FloodBreak passive automatic flood barriers in their updated Floodproofing Non-Residential Buildings publication – FEMA P-936. The publication shows how others have taken action to reduce or prevent future damage from disasters like flooding and states their recommendation to use passive measures whenever possible when floodproofing. The two hospitals are:
- Columbus Regional Hospital, IN – Flood mitigation best practices story
- Lourdes Hospital, NY – Flood mitigation best practices story
As a critical lifeline entity, FEMA and Columbus Regional Hospital determined that passive flood mitigation measures should be installed since relocation was not financially practicable. A flood barrier system encircling the hospital was deemed the most cost effective and reasonable solution. A 2,400 foot floodwall was built two feet higher than the 100-year flood elevation and includes 15 passive FloodBreak floodgates at all entry points, which allow unimpeded access by vehicles and pedestrians unless a flood event happens. FloodBreak Automatic Floodgates provide permanent, flood protection, 24/7, but blend into the hospital architectural environment.
Lourdes Hospital – Binghamton, NY
Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton NY was devastated by a flood in 2006 but the FEMA funded flood mitigation project protected the hospital from the historic 2011 Flood. A flood wall with passive floodgates provided the flood control necessary to keep the hospital open.