Posted by Bill H on December 28, 2007 at 20:15:30:
That is the new National Fllod Insurance requirement for the area…OR…You get to build the house up on pier post pilings so that the ground floor is at least 33 feet above sea leavel.
I went through Hurrican Katrina on the Gulf Coast and for the very first time in my life I have seen where a 4,000 sq ft house was lifted up off of 8 foot pier post pilings and floated down the street about half a block and deposited in the street when the water receeded.
Not just one but almost all the houses in one sub-division were this way. Prior to Katrina it was a very nice subdivision with boat docks alongside the home, golf courses, all the amenities…afterwards…two words…A DISASTER!
I also saw a four lane concrete bridge completely lifted up and all the sections moved off the piers and over into the water…nothing left of the bridge except the pier posts.
NEVER underestimate the hydraulic pressure of water.