Flooded Home Being Rebuilt On Stilts - WSMV News 4

Flooded Home Being Rebuilt On Stilts

Updated: Jan. 3, 2011

The May flood drastically changed the landscape of several neighborhoods around Nashville, including causing some homes to be built differently.


One house on Hite Street in west Nashville is being rebuilt with stilts to prepare for any future flooding.


"This house has got to be raised up from the engineers' point of view. But as you can see, it's raised up considerably compared to the rest of the (houses in the area)," said Richard Hutson of Masonary Solutions.


An orange flag outside the home marked where the water was in May, and the home is being lifted almost 4 feet higher.


Other flood-damaged homes along Hite Street have either been sold, abandoned or are already remodeled without stilts.


So why is this lone house being elevated so high? Hutson said he raised the same question to the contractor.


"It was so badly damaged that it was essentially considered a rebuild rather than a repair, which means it has to be built at current regulations," said Sonia Harvat of Metro Water Services.


If residents can fix their flood-damaged home for less than 50 percent of what it's worth, the city does not require the implementation of stilts. But if it costs more than 50 percent of the home value to rebuild, the resident must elevate it with stilts.


The stilts for the Hite Street house cost the homeowner $8,000.


"Hopefully when the water, if the water comes back up, it will be up above the water level," said Hutson.


Some of the homes in the neighborhood will be bought by the city, torn down and replaced with green space. The contractor said this is only the sixth house he's raised since the flood.


Last week, Metro closed on the first seven flood-damaged homes they bought. They have $15 million to buy dozens of other homes in the coming months. More closings are scheduled for next week.

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