Out Of Harm’s Way: Relocation Strategies To Reduce Flood Risk

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Created: 4/27/2020 -

Abstract

Kinston, a city of about 20,000 in Lenoir County, North Carolina, suffered repeated flood losses during the 1990s. After Hurricanes Fran, Dennis, and Floyd damaged or flooded more than 75 percent of the county’s homes, the community embarked upon a comprehensive approach to improve resilience. Flood-prone properties were purchased, and whole neighborhoods were relocated to higher ground. As a result, natural floodplain functions were restored, and the purchase of the first 100 homes saved approximately $6 million in avoided flood losses during the next big storm.

Organization(s)

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.

Keywords

Adaptation Phase
Sharing Lessons
Scale
Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Culture/communities
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Managed retreat of built infrastructure, relocation of people/communities
Region
North America
United States
Mid-Atlantic

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