FEMA Home Elevation

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated the flood maps for the Madison County area and is providing homeowners who are in the revised flood plain with flood grants. These grants are intended to help homeowners to elevate their homes the required 1 foot above the FEMA survey line which will provide home security in the event of a flood. Elevating your home to above the FEMA survey line will ensure your home will be safe and meet the provisions for flood hazard reduction as set forth by the county.

In order to meet these provisions your home must follow these guidelines:

All new construction and substantial improvements of existing structures that include ANY fully enclosed rea located below the lowest floor formed by foundation and other exterior walls shall be designed so as to be an unfinished or flood resistant enclosture. The enclosure shall be designed to equalize hydrostatic flood forces on exterior walls by allowing for the automatic entry and exit of flood waters.

Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance - Madison County

Often times, raising a home to a higher elevation is all that is needed to protect it from the dangers and damages involved with recurring flooding. To be sure that your home is not inundated with water again, FEMA recommends having your home moved to higher ground if it is a location that you want to stay in. This is called the BFE or Base Flood Elevation. When the home is properly elevated, it will be above all but the most severe of floods, such as a 500 year flood.

There are floodplain management regulations in place through NFIP which let builders know how high a home should be raised to be safe and free of the dangers of floodwaters. Financial help may be available for flood insurance policyholders. If you need assistance, please contact FRE (Flood Risk Evaluator) to learn more about flood insurance.

Flood Protection and Prevention

Lifting a Home Before Moving ItAt Don Kennedy and Sons, we have over 70 years of experience in the structural moving industry, and we can help you with raising your home to a higher elevation to make sure that you and your family are safe.

The process involves lifting the home and building a new, or extending an existing foundation below, or an elevated floor can be added to the top of the home to make another level. Typically, the home will need to be raised for the project to be most effective.

During the move, the home, frame, and masonry veneer are moved off of the foundation and raised on hydraulic jacks. The structures are held in place with temporary supports while a new or extended foundation is being built underneath. The living area of the home will be raised so that only the foundation may be exposed to any flooding.

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