James Bouler of Bouler Pfluger Architects, P.C. has come up with a document to assist home owners that are looking to mitigate future damage to their homes by raising their house to a new level. This may seem like a daunting task so these documents should help with the many questions. Read More
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How Long Does It Take To Raise a House
This house in Lindenhurst was raised in 20 seconds. The home was jacked up by Sims Steel of Long Island New York. This professional crew worked like a well oiled machine. Although the video is short the crew prepped for 1 day before the actual lift.
For what it's worth NYS has created a website for assisting home owners in their rebuilding process. The website is http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/. So far not impressed, I clicked on the the calendar link as the site suggested and there is no further information?
One of the steps in raising your house will be to obtain an Elevation Certificate. Lisa McQuilkin is a surveyor from Long Island New York and is working with residents that where affected by Hurricane Sandy. Lisa explains what an elevation Certificate is and why you may need one.
Countless Long Islanders have lost their homes entirely, or sustained excessive damage from flooding as a result of Hurricane Sandy. For many living in our community, this was not the first experience with flood related losses, however, it was the most severe.
In the aftermath, those impacted have struggled to identify the best way by which to move forward. In fact, the best - and only - option by which to move forward is overwhelmingly clear. Only one option will protect against future losses, preserve the value of the South Shore communities, and mitigate future insurance claims and expenditures, including those through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
That one option is the elevation, or raising, of those homes located in the impacted flood plain. Elevation of these at risk properties is the only sustainable and economically viable solution to protect against potential future disasters. Clear evidence in support of this statement is visible today. In the aftermath of Sandy, elevated houses survived with little to no damage relative to their unelevated counterparts, many of which were destroyed in part or whole. This is perhaps best illustrated in side-by side comparisons of houses in the same neighborhood whereby elevated houses sustained limited – if any – damage while neighboring unraised homes were completely decimated.
Why is this important? This is important because less damage – or no damage – means fewer, repeated insurance claims as well as limited temporary housing, rental and other flood related assistance demands. Simply put, it means a vastly reduced economic burden on the entities responsible for paying out future claims, such as FEMA. It is clear that elevation of impacted homes is the only solution by which to protect against future losses.
Similarly, the means by which this can be achieved is also clear. In exchange for the reduction of risk associated with future expenditures, FEMA must subsidize – in whole or part – those costs associated with the raising of impacted homes. In order to support this process, the South Shore’s local government has to be aware and involved. Specifically, the community's floodplain management ordinance must be amended to mandate that homeowners meet certain building requirements to reduce future flood damage before repairing or rebuilding, including the option to raise homes.
To help homeowners meet those requirements, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) includes Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage for all new and renewed Standard Flood Insurance Policies. Flood insurance policyholders in high-risk areas, also known as special flood hazard areas, can get up to $30,000 to help pay the costs to bring their homes into compliance with their community's floodplain ordinance – this includes elevating the home.
How Can I Help?
We have received numerous inquiries from persons asking how they can donate to support those South Shore residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy. While we welcome these generous overtures, this site is not intended to solicit monetary donations. Rather, it is intended to be a forum for exchanging ideas and identifying resources. If you have an idea, a contact, or a skill which will help further this project, please share.
For example, if you have been through the undertaking of raising your own house and are familiar with the process; if you are an architect, contractor, or similar who can comment or would like to be involved; if you are or know a government official who can advocate on the behalf of this cause; or if you have any other insight, suggestions, news or updates which you would like to share – all feedback is welcome! Click Here