Lourdes was one of two hospitals included as a best practice in FEMA P-936, Floodproofing Non-Structural Buildings.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has included FloodBreak in two Mitigation Best Practices stories to showcase projects that show how others have taken action to reduce or prevent future damage from disasters like flooding.
- Columbus Regional Hospital, IN – Flood mitigation best practice 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. The FloodBreak passive 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.
FloodBreak has installed campus wide floodgates that protect the MD Anderson campus from floods while retaining the architectural beauty.