The Case Against Raising Your House
One last crucial element of fixing my house was the air conditioner, which got installed today. My plan for the weekend is to sit on the couch and bask in it.
When the guy came out to give an estimate, he gave me the option of putting the air conditioner on a stand, so in theory it would not be ruined if there were another flood. He said tons of people have been doing that lately, and I have noticed this trend as well. It was an extra $300 and I opted not to do it. I figure it this way; if another Katrina hits, I’d much rather have $1,500 in insurance money than a working A/C unit in a dead city. I have this recurring thought every time I see people preparing for another deluge, like when people jack their houses up fifteen feet into the air. The thought is that those people are crazy.
I’ll admit, early on in my house renovation, I was taking steps to rebuild in such a fashion that would make things easier to re-do if there was another flood. Specifically I made sure all of my electrical outlets were 4 feet from the floor so that most of the wiring would be intact. I used hardibacker under some of the flooring because it’s more water resistant than plywood. For some of the walls I used beadboard or beaded plywood because it might not get ruined the way drywall would.
But at some point I finally arrived at the logical conclusion that none of that shit matters. Because let’s face it folks, if there’s a repeat of Katrina, nobody is coming back. Even the most die-hard New Orleanians among us are not going to put themselves through all this bullshit again. Even if they are, how can the city survive? Who is going to put up the money to rebuild this city twice? Do you really think Entergy is going to bankrupt themselves fixing the power grid again? Do you really think congress would allow taxpayer money to go down here again? I sure doubt it. Hell, I’d be suprised if they even pumped the water out the second time.
Then I start thinking, if you’re going to jack your house up 10 feet off the ground, what happens if there is another flood? Your house is okay but that means you don’t get any insurance money and you’re stuck there. You can’t sell it because nobody’s going to want to live here, you probably can’t move back because there will be no infrastructure to support you, you’re fucked! I guess on the upside, your stuff won’t be ruined. Anyway, just thinking out loud here. Does anyone out there really think the city has a chance if another Katrina hits?