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Published September 14, 2011, 09:47 PM

FEMA holds flood workshop in Valley City

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - With the chance of another flood, homeowners are learning tricks to protect properties and save money doing so.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

With the chance of another flood, homeowners are learning tricks to protect properties and save money doing so. FEMA is giving simple ideas to stay dry should there be more rising water. We are all used to filling sandbags, building dikes, and buying flood insurance. But the next best thing, according to FEMA, is protecting your own property.

Federal and local leaders, along with homeowners, went to a mitigation meeting in Valley City, the first such one in North Dakota. Leaders gave people tips for non-structural mitigation. One idea: Elevate your appliances, furnace, or ductwork with concrete blocks. Another: Build three foot high flood walls around stairwells, windows, even appliances.

Palmer Paulson – Homeowner: “To take some precaution now is so important. I've lived by the river all my within a half mile of it all my life and I'm 84 years old and so consequently you take what you get.”

There are more ideas on FEMA's website. The agency says every dollar spent on mitigation saves $7 in future damage costs.

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