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.
A panel of experts will discuss the benefits of lifting your house and the process by which to do so in the Town of Babylon*, they will discuss ICC and "75/25" Hazard Mitigation Grants, how lifting is done, how to choose a contractor and more.
A breakout session immediately following will give attendees a chance to get more specific information from the officials of the Villages of Lindenhurst, Amityville and Babylon. Forms and other important information will be on hand.
In order to best utilize the time with our experts and our residents we have limited the attendence to 100 per session. If we have a demand for more sessions we will add accordingly.
When reserving your seat, please choose only one session.
Session 1, 6PM-7:30PM
Session 2, 8PM-9:30PM
James Bouler discusses the challenges of the construction of new foundations on houses that will be lifted. His Architectural firm has developed a cost effective design for homes on the south shore of Long Island.
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. Link to Documents
Hurricane Sandy Advisory Base Flood Elevations in New Jersey and New York
As communities begin to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, it is important to recognize lessons being learned and to employ mitigation actions that ensure structures are rebuilt stronger, safer, and less vulnerable to future flooding events.FEMA, as the administrator of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), is creating Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs) to show a more current picture of flood risk for several communities in New Jersey and New York affected by Hurricane Sandy. The known flood risk has changed since the last effective community Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) as a result of the disaster, recent development in coastal and floodplain areas, or the availability of better data. The ABFEs can serve as guides to understanding current coastal flood hazard conditions and higher elevations that communities should build to in order to reduce impacts of similar events in the future.
How the ABFE Information Can Be Used
Did Your Foundation Get Damaged By Sandy?
Water, can under certain circumstances compromise a foundation.
A storm like SANDY is unique which pushes a tremendous volume of water up and around your foundation.
A couple of resulting effects are
-cracking foundations whereas there wasn’t any cracks or little amount of cracks.
-floor frame humps or dips.
Failures can be from
-scouring the foundation with fast moving, wave action water.
-liquefaction-the soils around and/or under supports become very pliable like thick oatmeal for a transient time allowing the supports to shift
First, check the foundation, if anything looks out of place then seek out a good foundation professional. It may need to be repaired or replaced.
This brings us to the next subject. Did the flood insurance adjuster account for your damaged foundation? The answer is probably not for a number of reasons.
It’s out of site.
You’re not aware to tell them something is wrong (because it’s not what you do and you're walking around like a zombie with all this damage around you).
The adjusters are not engineers so they won’t account for it.
Do your complete inspecting soon because, after an event like SANDY, it’s common for the foundation to continue shifting for some time before reaching equilibrium. Meaning things will probably get worse. Also, the funding for your insurance claim damages tend to go away when the adjusters go away, so include the foundation damage claims now if you have them.
If in doubt inspect the foundations. Moreover seek out a good foundation professional.
Michael J. Drake Jr P.E.
4619 Captree Island
Captree Island, NY 11702