More Houstonians may be forced to raise their Harvey-damaged homes
Letters are in the mail to another 691 Houston homeowners flooded by Hurricane Harvey, informing them they may need to elevate their homes to comply with current city codes when they rebuild.
The letters of “substantial damage” originate in FEMA requirements and apply only to homeowners in the 100-year floodplain, where structures are deemed to have a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year.
For the owners of most of those homes – considered so severely damaged that repairing them would cost more than 50 percent of the market value of the structure, not including the land – bringing... read more
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