The problem is frequent heavy rains and poor water drainage. And homeowners are paying the price. Texastribune.org tells us that some homeowners are paying big bucks for a house lift. See Six figures for six feet: Some Harvey victims in Houston spend huge sums to elevate their homes. Excerpt:
In Harris County, homeowners who received letters from the city stating that the cost of repairing their home would equal or exceed 50 percent of its pre-Harvey market value are also required to meet current floodplain regulations by elevating — or risk being ineligible for flood insurance and future FEMA assistance.
Jamila Johnson, Houston’s floodplain manager, said the city sent out 1,944 “substantial damage” letters to homeowners as of early February and plans to send out more.
Homeowners who receive these letters can appeal the designation.
After Harvey, Houston Public Works proposed regulations that would double the required elevation for homes in the 100-year floodplain to three feet above the base flood elevation.
Johnson said the proposed regulations are based on a changing understanding of rainfall patterns in the area.
“We’re seeing bigger rains more often,” Johnson said. “A 500-year event will probably be considered a 100-year event in the future, so the city is moving to regulate them the same way. We’ve seen that these regulations help — even in an event as disastrous as Harvey. But they don’t work on homes that aren’t compliant.”
Sounds like a horrible dilemma. Arkitektura Development, Inc., is a company that will lift a house. Click on Portfolio of Recent Elevation Projects for some photos of what a lifted house looks like.
It's not cheap. Some homeowners have opted to demolish their houses, move, and try to sell the land where the houses once sat.
1:57 PM 3/19/2018