Going up?

(Greenwich Time photo)

(Greenwich Time photo)

Greenwich Time profiles Old Greenwich couple who raised their storm-damaged home on Heusted Drive. Nothing wrong with the idea of lifting one’s skirt to avoid an inrushing tide, but those considering buying down in the flood zone of Old greenwich might want to consider the ten-foot climb from the car to the kitchen with groceries and infants (and for God’s sake, don’t break a leg next time you’re in Gestaad). I have a friend who built new along Pine Creek in Fairfield a decade ago and even back then the code required a house on stilts. She dealt with the long climb upstairs, loved her views across Long Island Sound, and reported after Sandy that hers and the other homes on that Road that were elevated did fine, while the original beach houses were wiped out.

So that’s all good – just don’t plan on an enclosed, lockable garage or storage area, or easy access to the living quarters of your home.

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  1. t

    I would not want to traverse 20 wooden steps in winter.

    There is the concept of heated driveways. How about heated stair rails and steps?

  2. New Buyer

    The water came 2-3 feet into the house — “up to the kitchen counters” according to the home owner. Sandy was one of the highest and worst storm surges in decades, and this family suffered zero damage the past 8 storms, according to the owners. Common sense suggests that this family may have wanted to raise up their house 5-6 feet — back fill with maybe 2′ of soil, build a wrap-around porch, add great landscaping, and viola … a protected and attractive home. FEMA regulations had them jack it into the stratosphere and turn it into a tree house. Crazy.

    • Anonymous

      FEMA didn’t make them do anything. If they didn’t care about having the rest of us subsidize their flood insurance they could have continued to live in whatever ridiculous flood plane of their choice.

      • Trouble is, because of FEMA’s flood insurance, the town must enforce flood zones or no one in town is eligible for the program, so Greenwich forces everyone to comply. Before the feds nationalized flood insurance, homeowners could choose, or not choose, to buy private insurance. Too few did, counting, accurately, it turns out, on the feds to come in after the fact and (literally) bail them out.
        So the feds preempted the field and the rest is history. And so the government grows.

  3. All of front page points to the pathetic State Planning we suffer under.
    Ad dictate Robert Moses style planning is a curse.
    FEMA—- Fed. insurance
    Metro North—- State owned/Fed controlled RPA/SWRPA kitty bank
    GPS—- Hartford/Fed dollar beggars
    Election season should concentrate on RTM as we did when it was formed…in the midst of an prolonged depressed economic era, international turmoil and a high impact Hurricane…and Federal Government under long term Democratic Presidency.
    Sound familiar 1933 —-or 2013 ?
    Formation of RTM was a result of low turn out at local Town Meetings( lowest since 1664) and government intrusion into our lives and property (including our bars!) but worst of all mounting civil debt going to political appointees and “qualified” entities…….
    How ’bout Town Meetings again, to start RTM District by RTM District BEFORE ELECTION !!!!!!! ?

  4. Late 1920’s Hurricanes here were basis for many coastal area changes that have done fine ever since, including ’38…..thanks to highly competent Landscape Architects who were practicing here.

  5. Flash

    What do you think will happen to the rain flood victims in Colorado? Will FEMA map them and force mortgage holders to require Flood Insurance? The concept of ‘100 year flood’ may apply to every home in the world (think tsunami).

  6. Matt

    These things are going to be a blight on the neighborhood. Who wants to live in an area away from the water where all the houses are built up on stilts? Or even worse will some houses be up and some houses down?