How homeowners take action: Overview

The four case studies below highlight the experiences of homeowners who have been impacted by flooding and decided to reduce their future flood risk. These homeowners made the determination to keep their homes, but build them back safer. They leveraged various funding sources and rebuilt their homes to comply with local building code requirements, which are a set of minimum construction standards to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of anyone using these structures.

Codes address all aspects of building construction––life safety, structural, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical. Architects, engineers, builders, and homeowners must all comply with these standards when designing, constructing, or altering any structure. With regards to flooding, building codes determine everything from what construction materials to use and the height of a home, to where to locate heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

While complying with such codes can be a complex undertaking, these homeowners have utilized various resources to make their homes more resilient. As evidenced by the story of Slidell, Louisiana resident, Sam Caruso and others, making these changes can help save lives, lower the risk of damage to homes and their contents, avoid post-flood expenditures such as remodeling or rent payments due to temporary dislocation, and reduce the costs of insurance premiums, especially flood insurance.

To find out more about how US homeowners have reduced the risk of flood damage to their homes, please explore the case studies below.

Flood mitigation resources

Below is a non-exhaustive list of other flood mitigation information resources.