The first two were relatively minor, the third was worse, and the fourth put them out of their home on
They thought about moving, but decided to stay and raise their home. Everything is 12 feet higher, and the ground floor is tile and stucco. If it floods again, the only thing they should need for the cleanup is a powerwasher.
"Downstairs, we're virtually floodproof," he said.
Many property owners are back, but many have taken buyouts and moved, and
Bob Trusavage doesn't know anyone else who raised their home in the wake of flooding. Federal grants paid for most of the cleanup and lifting project, but he estimates it cost him at least
Dealing with contractors and organizing the project was frustrating, Bob Trusavage said, but it allowed the family to remain in their home, and dropped their flood insurance rates from about
Trusavage doesn't think there will ever be a levee in
"If another flood hits, this town's done," he said.
The last major legislative work on the federal flood insurance program occurred in 2014, Casey said.
Ideally, the government would create a long-term solution that makes the program more affordable, he said, but there's always the question of what the National Flood Insurance Program can sustain. Too much money paid out compromises the entire program.
To have a truly complete recovery, he said, "this takes years."
"Never mind the money, we can't get control of the lot," she said.
That's often the easiest solution, said state Rep.
Stevenson sees two possible solutions: Building a levee or using government funding to raise her home so another flood isn't as devastating.
Two decades ago, the
"If it happens again, I think a lot of people will leave," she said.
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