18 Inches of Rain Brings Pain to Boulder, Colorado

At long last the rain has let up and the storm has passed, yet many will feel the ramifications of the recent flooding in Boulder, Colorado for months to come. Numerous homes endured total destruction while others suffered comparatively minor damage with flooding restricted to their basement. Unfortunately for those without flood insurance, they will have to rebuild on their own. Flooding is about as … Continue reading 18 Inches of Rain Brings Pain to Boulder, Colorado

The Lord has Spoken: Giving Away Millions of Dollars

WEEK 13:  Earlier this week I spoke with Rick Lord, Chief of Mitigation Programs & Agency Preservation Officer for the New York State Office of Emergency Management. I had contacted him in hopes of securing some of the $230 million dollars FEMA had given to the state of New York for flood mitigation. Lord is the head of the program in charge of distributing the money statewide. … Continue reading The Lord has Spoken: Giving Away Millions of Dollars

Sophisticated flood maps difficult to decipher (Houston Chronicle)

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Photo Credit: James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle By: Kiah Collier, Houston Chronicle Earlier this summer, before Jack Boze lost a buyer for his Kemah home to a surprisingly high flood insurance quote, he got online to see whether the odds that his waterfront property would flood had increased. Click here to continue reading this story. Continue reading Sophisticated flood maps difficult to decipher (Houston Chronicle)

FEMA Maps: House Elevation Along the Long Island Sound

Along with the east coast states of New Jersey and New York, Connecticut communities are actively elevating their flood prone homes. Many of the properties procuring this flood prevention tactic sit right on the coast line of the Long Island Sound. Beautiful front row views of the water, right up until the weather goes haywire and the Sound ends up sloshing around in their living … Continue reading FEMA Maps: House Elevation Along the Long Island Sound

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House Elevation: Can You Still Have A Basement in a Floodplain?

WEEK 8 Most of the work occurring on our house elevation project this week are of the unseen nitty-gritty sort. The construction crew is preparing for the return of Payne, our lifting company, by completing the last few foundation projects: aligning the proper height all walls, erecting support beams under the crawl space in the rear of our house, fortifying the cinder blocks, and beginning … Continue reading House Elevation: Can You Still Have A Basement in a Floodplain?

Big Changes to Flood Insurance Rates

 CHANGES TO FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM We paid our first revised flood insurance premium today – a 20% increase from what we paid last year for the same level of coverage. Our premiums will continue to rise for the next four years, up to 25% at a time. Why? The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a federal program under FEMA, is broke. With a debt of … Continue reading Big Changes to Flood Insurance Rates

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Flood Vents on an Elevated House

FLOOD VENTS If you’re considering elevating your house, chances are pretty good that you live in a special flood hazard area (SFHA). By “special” they (FEMA) mean that your house gets rocked by a flood every now and again and therefore requires a homeowner to adhere to strict FEMA building codes. Once your house is elevated, the foundation will continue to be subjected to an … Continue reading Flood Vents on an Elevated House

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Wet Flood Proofing: an Oxymoron?

WET FLOOD PROOFING:  This is generally the least expensive floodproofing technique, but it’s also the least effective in the long term. The strategies here result in a home still suffering through a flood, but strive to decrease the damage to the home and your contents. Permanent or contingent measures applied to a structure and/or its contents that prevent or provide resistance to damage from flooding … Continue reading Wet Flood Proofing: an Oxymoron?

House Elevation: Base Flood Elevation (BFE) and How High to Lift

Our builder, architect, and lift expert all reviewed the proposed new elevation height, comparing the blueprints with the tree markings (see picture below). The base elevation is a key piece of the puzzle when determining how high you need to lift your property to meet FEMA guidelines.  In order to lower your flood insurance premiums, you must follow FEMA guidelines for base flood elevation (BFE).  … Continue reading House Elevation: Base Flood Elevation (BFE) and How High to Lift