Action plan trifecta

Identifying the risk, such as 15 feet of water under this Houston overpass during Tropical Storm Allison, is only part of a mitigation plan. To receive a FEMA grant, the plan must also explain how a proposed project will protect an asset. Photos: Walter P. Moore

The Harris Gully outfall at Brays Bayou in Houston was one of the areas most heavily affected by the flooding of Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

A plan ensures protection when you need it most. These flood doors protected Texas Children's Hospital during Tropical Storm Allison. Photos: Walter P Moore

Include operational considerations in a mitigation plan to provide the type of protection FEMA seeks to fund. These doors close in less than five minutes during a flash flood.

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