Elevation means raising the lowest structure to comply with the FEMA HMGP required height and construction method. The structure is raised with a higher first floor, allowing the floodwater to flow under than house- not through it. Local jurisdiction may require stricter elevation standards than those issues by FEMA.

In the morning hours of Monday, August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana with estimated gusts of wind topping 140 miles per hour and heavy rains. More than one million Gulf Coast residents were displaced and an estimated 80% of New Orleans was under water. Hurricane Katrina was the sixth strongest hurricane ever recorded and the third strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the United States. The resulting physical damaged caused an estimated $81 billion, the most costly hurricane in history.

Hurricanes are a fact of life in this part of the country, and the destruction of the 2005 hurricane season has left few residents confident that they will not be affected by another severe storm. Residents want to build safer and stronger so that their homes are able to withstand future hurricanes. Mitigation is the way to provide that protection. Hazard Mitigation means taking action to reduce or prevent future damage, preferably before a disaster strikes.




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