Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Rebuilding in flood zones (discussion link)

"I'm watching Des Moines flood lately. As the Mississippi rose, so did one guy's sand-bag bunker surrounding his house. The dude even fished off his porch on CNN.

This raises a question about the houses built in flood zones: Really?

On North Carolina and New Jersey's hurricane/storm-surge prone beaches, new homes are built on pilings (pressure treated telephone poles rammed into the sand) that appear to be at least 8 feet high. The Southern Yellow Pine Council has a 48-page guide at for raised floor houses that look more, not less economical to build than slabs or foundations."

Comment: "this is America, and no one wants to restrict our rights to do stupid things!"

Link: Mark Clement: Measure Twice -- Rebuilding in Flood Zones: Really?  (


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