Katrina myths debunked by Popular Mechanics here
(via Tim Blair
One section that stands out is the section starting on Page 8
, which notes the role that federally-backed insurance plays in bad real estate decisions. People build in disaster-prone areas because they know the government will bail them out every time their property gets whacked. The next page
has some handy tips for community planning on barrier islands, the most vulnerable of hurricane targets. There's also a link to a PDF file
with suggestions on how to make beach houses more hurricane-resistant.
Maybe houses in the worst of flood-prone areas, coastal or not, should borrow the standard house-on-stilts beach house design. The ground floor can include garage, workroom, laundry room, and front porch. In times of aquatic peril - assuming flood waters of 8 feet or under - very few belongings will have to be moved upstairs out of Mother Nature's warpath.
Any architects or civil engineers with ideas?