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Those houses must have been shorter than they looked

April 16, 2006

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Many homes damaged by flooding during Hurricane Katrina likely will have to be raised 1 to 3 feet to qualify for flood insurance, a FEMA official said Wednesday as the government released long-awaited new projections on area flooding risks.
USA Today- FEMA: Louisiana homes must be raised off ground

If I understand correctly from several articles I’ve read, rebuilding will be allowed (and enabled by federally subsidized flood insurance), but the houses in some of the hardest-hit areas will have to be raised 3 feet.  This is a relief to some people who were worried that their homes might have been required to be raised 10 feet, the height of the waterline.

Would those be the same areas where people were trapped in their attics, stranded on their roofs?  Or am I missing something?

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  1. April 18, 2006 at 15:17 | #1

    raising the building just three feet doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Much of the west coast of Florida is zoned so that any new construction must be on stilts above the flood level and in most places that is 8 to 10 feet, And even that will not help if a thirty foot tidal wave comes through. I understand that it is all about location and that why they want to rebuild there but it still doesn’t make a lot of sense. One more big blow and then what?

  2. April 18, 2006 at 15:20 | #2

    Exactly.  What good will it do to raise the houses 3 feet (at great expense) in places where the water went up 12 feet?  Something’s fishy here.

  3. zilch
    April 19, 2006 at 05:22 | #3

    What good will it do?  Well, when the next hurricane comes, the people won’t have to sit quite so high up on their roofs…

  4. April 21, 2006 at 06:01 | #4

    A. This is what happens when politicians do math.

    B. This had nothing to do with the flood, they were just trying to make a shady habitat for the alligators and snakes.

    C. This will give them a place to hide the bodies next time it floods.

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