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Home Up High to Keep the Contents Dry   [open pdf - 67KB]

"Hurricane Isabel is known to many North Carolinians, especially the residents on the state's east coast, as the storm that flooded and severely damaged their homes in 2003. Several days after floodwaters receded, Pamlico County residents, Flossie Gibbs and her daughter Janie Parker, were able to return to their home in Mesic and discover that 3 feet of water had nearly destroyed all of their belongings. The home would have to be extensively repaired and elevated to prevent damage from future storms before they could move back in. Since her community had a new ordinance that required her home to be elevated, Gibbs feared being unable to afford the additional cost. Immediately turning to her insurance agent for help, she learned that she could file a claim for assistance under her flood insurance policy to have her repetitively flooded home elevated. Elevation, one of the most common retrofitting methods, is a mitigation technique that prevents or reduces flooding to a structure from future disasters. It is an alternative to demolishing a structure or relocating it to higher ground. Elevation is sometimes required for structures that are situated in low-lying areas to remain on the land after they have been flooded."

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