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Raising Homes in Sandy-Damaged Areas of LI

Local architecture students organize an international design competition to help local coastal communities rebuild after Sandy.

My name is Daniel Horn, and I'm an architecture student from New York Institute of Technology.

Right after Superstorm Sandy hit the area, a group of us started a committee called Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI). The committee exists as a collaborative response to Sandy, founded to explore and develop methods to aid local communities by finding long-term resilient building and design solutions.

We feel the best way we can help is by organizing and hosting a global design ideas competition which will focus on the effect raising home elevations will have on coastal communities.

Details can be found at our website at www.3Ccompetition.org. The competition is open to all professionals and students, and registration opens on March 25, 2013.

On March 10 I drove through a hard-hit neighborhood in my town of Lindenhurst. The area was flooded yet again from the .

While driving through the area, I found some homes that were in the process of being raised. It's interesting to see these new elevations in relationship to the surrounding community.

Even though the homes are now safely above the BFE, they totally affect their neighbors and the overall value of the immediate neighborhood.

I cannot wait to see and share some amazing ideas and proposals that the 3C Competition will generate.

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PatP. March 21, 2013 at 06:46 PM
People are asked or ordered to raise their homes but the Mascot dock sits with dirt piles and a fence while nothing gets done !!!!! summers coming !!
West Islip Resident March 24, 2013 at 01:05 PM
People with homes that continually get flooded because of their location should take mother natures advise and move. Tax payers can no longer afford to support or bail out your life style of beach front living. The goverment should step in and buy these houses at fair market value and return the areas back to there original use, a beach.
LindyFloodSurvivor March 25, 2013 at 04:36 PM
West Islip is right to a certain degree, however, the writer is painting witha broad brush. People in flood zones and who pay flood insurance (NFIP) pay FEMA. When FEMA doles out money to those who dont have coverage ($ 31k ), those insurance / taxpaying folks are the ones shouldering a huge portion of the bill. I own a waterfront home in Lindenhurst. Sandy was the very firat time that this home has flooded since its construction 65 years ago. I pay thousands each year in order to insure my property, yet have only received a settlement of $52k to replace a new $50k kitchen and a new $20k bathroom. Instead of constantly paying claims to uninsured with my money, lift my house another 4 feet, let the uninsured houses that fall into disrepair sell at auction. I dont depend on govt assistance or intervention, and after watching the way they handled this disaster, I shutter to think what Obamacare has in store for us. FYI, the only nation to offer assistance to us throughout this ordeal was Israel. Fix the system, then fix my house.
Argile March 25, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Hundreds of millions sent to countries that hate us by the Obama administration yet they are dragging their feet to help those that actually contribute to this country. Sad.
bertie March 25, 2013 at 04:50 PM
DONT LIVE ON THE WATER! Sell since its such a mess when a diaster comes. You are lucky you got something!Wahhhh wahhhh! MOVE!
Argile March 25, 2013 at 05:04 PM
No money to help the people that actually contribute but how about VP Biden's 1 million a night trip to Paris? What a joke: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/hotel-contracts-for-biden-trip-to-london-paris-totaled-1-million/
Robert Deacon April 01, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Good blog post Danny, it's good to hear that your idea is being put to a competition that will spawn many great ways to deal with this situation, looking forward to the conversation and to the many ideas that will come from it. Robert Deacon Vangocleaning.com
GW96 April 02, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Hey Bertie, what if your house had a fire, would you be "lucky" to get something from the homeowner's insurance you paid for for whop knows how many years?? And now what if it took that homeowner's insurance 5 months to pay you anything so you had to live in a motel until they got around to giving you any money....would you feel "lucky" to get anything then?? You're an idiot!!
Joan April 02, 2013 at 03:05 PM
and the government will be using WHOSE MONEY to buy these houses? OURS! If people build their home on a flood plain, then the responsibility for maintaining and/or fixing them should be THEIRS ~ not ours ~ in any way, shape or form!
George Kasimos April 06, 2013 at 11:09 AM
We are an advocacy group looking to change FEMA's flood levels, zones and exorbident flood insurance premiums. Please join us. www.StopFemaNow.com www.facebook.com/StopFemaNow www.youtube.com/StopFemaNow www.twitter.com/StopFemaNow StopFemaNow@gmail.com
Reality Check April 06, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Daniel, I think it is a wonderful idea and give you all a tremendous amount of credit/thanks for the effort you are putting in. I DO believe however, that the risk of living on the water should be borne by the homeowner as the US Govt should NOT be in the business of overriding common sense.

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