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JL
- 346 days ago - motherjones.com
Gloucester County, Virginia, has spent $11.8 million in FEMA grants to raise 61 homes out of the flood plain. Another 42 families are in line.



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JL A. (274)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:34 pm

Mother Jones
Watch This House Being Raised Out of the Floodplain
Gloucester County, Virginia, has spent $11.8 million in FEMA grants to raise 61 homes out of the flood plain. Another 42 families are in line.

By Kate Sheppard, James West, and Tim McDonnell | Mon Jul. 29, 2013 12:00 AM PDT

Flood, Rebuild, Repeat: Are We Ready for a Superstorm Sandy Every Other Year? [1]
Charts: How Likely Is Another Superstorm Sandy? [2]
"The Sea Was Swallowing It Up" [3]
Watch This House Being Raised Out of the Floodplain [4]

See more MoJo coverage of climate change. [5]

What's it like to stand by as your house is ripped from its foundations and hoisted six feet in the air? "It's a dream come true," says Sue Graf, who owns a getaway cottage in Gloucester County, Virginia. "It's surreal. It's exciting," she says. "This is the eighth summer of worrying about flooding with all the storms. We finally don't have to worry about that any more." So we rigged the house with cameras for the event. Watch above as Expert House Movers—a company that has been raising houses with the help of FEMA grants for about four years—excavate Sue's house, and elevate it onto a new foundation.

In Part Two, below, watch ​Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard explain why this historic stretch of the Virginia coastline, some of the first areas in America to be settled by Europeans, is so susceptible to sea level rise. "It's becoming very real here," says Skip Stiles, the executive director of Wetlands Watch. "If you want to see what's going to happen to your East coast city, come here, because we're getting it now. This is America's coastal future here."

Source URL: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/07/watch-house-being-raised-out-floodplain-0

Links:
[1] http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/07/hurricane-sandy-global-warming-flooding
[2] http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/07/sea-level-rise-charts-climate-central
[3] http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/07/climate-change-vietnam-flooding
[4] http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/07/watch-house-being-raised-out-floodplain-0
[5] http://www.motherjones.com/topics/climate-change
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:00 pm

Gloucester County, Virginia, has spent $11.8 million in FEMA grants to raise 61 homes out of the flood plain. Another 42 families are in line. - Wow! Maybe it's time to rethink where the houses are in first place. Cycles? This could well be another 100 years of very bad cycles. Move the house to high ground not just jacking it up and hoping things will get better.
 

JL A. (274)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:06 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Terry V. (30)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:37 pm

4 Degrees Warmer
 

JL A. (274)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:39 pm
Thanks for posting the link to the wonderful video explaining why this county would even take this approach.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 2:29 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 6:39 am
I hope they stop building on floodplains. One thing I always check when buying a house is that it is not in the lowest part of the town or area or along a river. Sometimes, we forget about that. It is location, location, location, as they say in real estate. lol, but it is so true.
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 8:50 am
You are welcome Kerrie. Good reminders Barbara.
 

GGmaSheila D. (129)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:45 pm
Can't give Kit another star. Agree with Kit and Barbara, we have the same problms in the Midwest with flodds and tornadoes. People keep rebuilding on the same piece of land no matter how many times they've lost everything. Floods are especially bad along several rivers like the Mississippi, the Red, the Missouri. These flood every year from snow and ice melt. We're getting century floods every few yrs now. The land along some of these places os flat for miles, of course, it's going to flood. Cities rebuild over and over, then complain the insurance is so high...DUH!
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:48 pm
You cannot currently send a star to GGma Sheila because you have done so within the last day.
 

GGmaSheila D. (129)
Tuesday July 30, 2013, 9:50 pm
I cannot currently give a star to Barbara or to JL A. Noted with thanks.
 

Helen Porter (41)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 1:45 am
Thank you for the video.
 

JL A. (274)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 7:24 am
You are welcome Zee.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Friday August 2, 2013, 5:30 am
FEMA Grants.... So that means taxpayers paid for them. I guess the country is broke unless the Tbagger bunch needs money.
 

JL A. (274)
Friday August 2, 2013, 7:52 am
You cannot currently send a star to Barbara because you have done so within the last day.
 
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