Preservation Trust of Vermont 

Upcoming Workshop: Flood Mitigation, Floodplain Design and Fluvial Erosion Hazards
Wednesday January 11, 2012, 9:30 to noon
Red Mill, Wilmington, VT

Wednesday January 18, 2012, 9:30 to noon 

Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, Brandon, VT 


This half-day workshop is for architects, engineers, contractors, property owners, municipal and state officials, and others who are interested in flood mitigation.  As we rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irene, many of us are wondering if our homes and businesses are safe from future flooding.



Burham Library Flood
Flood-proofing at Burnham Hall in Lincoln was put to the test August 27-28 when the river rose 47 inches above the floor level. The newly-installed flood gates held, and sump pumps and floor drains to control hydrostatic pressure worked. Monday morning, volunteers mopped the floor and the building was open for classes and meetings as scheduled.
[Engineering Ventures helped with this successful project.]    
Flood Mitigation Design Criteria
Bob Stevens, PE, founder and principal of Stevens & Associates in Brattleboro, watched the flood waters surround several projects his firm worked on, and watched those buildings survive structurally because of the measures taken to protect them.  


From smart siting and raised first floors to flood gate systems, there are multiple ways to deal with encroaching rivers and streams. Historic buildings present special challenges as well as unique opportunities for learning. Stevens will illustrate FEMA criteria for flood mitigation and present basic information on floodplain designation and general tips for dealing with water.

This is an interactive discussion.Please bring questions and photographs.    

Fluvial Erosion Hazards 
The Vermont ANR River Management Program will provide an overview of their Fluvial Erosion Hazard (FEH) assessment and mapping program.  Most communities in Vermont participate in the National Flood Insurance Program and have adopted the federal inundation based maps and regulations.  Since flood-related erosion is the primary mode of damage in Vermont, inundation based maps are insufficient to fully characterize the nature of flood hazards.  ANR River Management will discuss why mapping and regulation of FEH corridors are a critical tool to avoid and minimize conflicts between human investments and river dynamics.


Stevens LogoThis workshop is led by Bob Stevens, PE, founder and principal of Stevens & Associates in Brattleboro and presented in partnership with The Preservation Trust of Vermont and American Institute of Architects -- VT.   


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Ann Cousins