Harvey damage could force hundreds to raise their homes

More than 1,600 Houston property owners who flooded during Hurricane Harvey will likely be forced to elevate their homes if they want to continue living there. The city’s Public Works Department is preparing to notify property owners in floodplains that their structures have been declared “substantially damaged” and will required additional repairs to comply with current building codes. For most, that will mean physically raising their properties, a pricey upgrade that can cost well more than $150,000. The 1,611 letters that start going out this month will be the “first batch” for properties identified as damaged so severely that repairs would cost more than 50 percent of the market value of the structure, excluding the land.

Original published: 2017-12-06 19:40:43 Read the full Houston News here

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