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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
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    elevated homes in NOLA

    my professor asked me to go out and take some pictures of recently elevated homes near campus. i thought they were interesting and y'all might enjoy seeing them.













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    Elevated houses and camps are common in south Louisiana. My family has a beachfront house on Grand Isle that was built in the 1950s and sits on half length telephone poles. The downstairs is designed to let tidal surges pass through. After a really big hurricane the plumbing usually gets washed into the yards across the highway. We recover what we can and hook it back up. Has worked for us for more than fifty years. That camp is rock-solid. Hurican Katrina just broke windows. I suspect one day the island will wash away but the camp will still be there.
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    Ah! I see some people thought out a good solution. And well now they can have a nice "underground" garage and everything.... lots of more storage place... but I would recomend to those people to put something to prevent any pedestrian to walk beneath their houses. Something like a thin walling or wooded fence.

    Good to see that the idea I posted after Katrina is now a reality for some... (I don't credit on the idea... I just said at the time that they should do something like the Palafitos in Chiloe... and they did!)

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    Hmm...I still don't know what to make of this idea. I'm assuming these houses are very close to Lake Pontchartrain, right?

    Cause I think raising ALL the houses would destroy the urban character of New Orleans. But then again, the city does sit below sea level, and this is probably necessary especially in the areas directly affected by the flooding (i.e. 9th Ward) and areas that consistently flood in other storms.

    But maybe I'll warm up to the idea more when I see some completed jobs, with the houses all reconstructed and painted. I also think some landscape buffers or something would make it look nicer.
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    Q. Do you know the FPG Elevation ?
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    All of the new houses on the barrier islands down here (Kitty Hawk, Wrightsville Beach, Oak Island, etc.) are built on stilts with a carport or garage on the first level.

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    the homes shown in the pictures were from the Gentilly neighborhood, near Lake Pontchartrain. this is not downtown/uptown New Orleans, this is the more suburban area.

    i'm not sure of the FPG but they are an A7 flood zone.

    most of the empty space will eventually be enclosed for garages or carports.
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    Enclosing was the thing I was worried about, at the beach homes are typ expressly forbidden from enclosing the stilted areas to provide water a pass through in case of flooding. If folks start enclosing then the whole point is lost-save property and lives.
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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerGirl
    Enclosing was the thing I was worried about, at the beach homes are typ expressly forbidden from enclosing the stilted areas to provide water a pass through in case of flooding. If folks start enclosing then the whole point is lost-save property and lives.
    apparently there is technology that allows for break-a-way walls. you can put up walls so that the area appears enclosed but after a certain amount or pressure from the water, the walls will break-a-way allowing, in theory, for the passage of water.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Q. Do you know the FPG Elevation ?
    The most recent map requires houses that flooded badly be raised 3 ft. But there are issues with that because the flooding would not have happened if the levees (St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans East) and floodwalls (17th Street Canal, Industrial Canal) had not broken.

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