For Emilie, Rebel, and others who have expressed an interest in houses that appear to be flying anywhere from 8 to 14 feet in the air, I took a couple quick photos to give you a wider view of the variety of homes that are “elevated”.
This is a small view of the gated community directly across the bayou from Camp Dularge. Most of these are weekend “camps” with only six occupied as full-time residences. On the average, they are about 12 feet off the ground.
This is an older house located down the road which was elevated after hurricane Rita and before Hurricane Ike. It’s cute, isn’ t it?
Here are a couple more camps, which are about 14 feet off the ground.
All new construction down here must be elevated at least 12 feet above sea level. Please realize that all of the older homes that sit closer to the ground were not built in a “flood zone”. Due to increasing rates of subsidence and rapid disappearance of the marsh that used to absorb storm surge and protect us from flooding, the land on which we live is getting closer and closer to sea level.
Just to make this clear, I do not have the option of repairing my home to “pre-storm” condition and leaving it as it is–four feet above the ground. Whether I repair my old home or build a new one, it has to be 12 feet above the ground.
Any questions, class?
Your Wetland Educator,