Milford homes being raised to make repairs - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Milford homes being raised to make repairs

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:19:59 GMT
    James Smith, studentJames Smith, student
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
  • Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:14:47 GMT
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
  • Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:11:03 GMT
    Scott Vandermolen, Florida residentScott Vandermolen, Florida resident
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Nearly six months since Hurricane Sandy, many homes along the Connecticut shoreline are just now in the process of being rebuilt.

In Milford, many of them are being put up on stilts to avoid future damage from floodwaters.  

After both Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy more than 200 homes in Milford sustained significant damage.

City officials told Eyewitness News some homeowners are planning to rebuild completely, while others are choosing to raise up their homes.

One homeowner on Hillside Avenue said he is trying to salvage what's left of his home by building it up on stilts.

"It's the only thing that can be done at this point, you know, with the weather we've been having now," said Edward Jones, of Milford. "It just really makes sense, if you can afford to do it, do it."

Eyewitness News saw that several of the homes on Hillside Avenue is being raised above the flood waters.

City officials told Eyewitness News, homes with 50 percent or more damage from both storms must rebuild, according to code.

And because Milford is a flood zone, that means homes must be risen up to avoid future damage.

After dealing with damage from both storms, Jones said he will just be happy to have it done by next hurricane season because he says future damage is not a matter of if, but when.

"The way we're having the weather now, with the increased storms coming up and hitting the Northeast like they never have before, you know, two years in a row," Jones said. "I'm sure it's going to happen more."

Raising their homes may mean peace of mind, but doing so can also be costly. In some cases insurance only covers a third of the cost.

City officials said in addition to money received by Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance companies, residents can also apply for other grants and loans to help cover the cost

Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.