1,600 Houston homeowners may need to raise their homes1,600 Houston homeowners may need to raise their homeshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=185632017-12-08T06:00:00Z2017-12-08T16:00:00Z

​HOUSTON – ​​The Public Works Department will notify 1,611 property owners in floodplains that their structures have been declared "substantially damaged." 

The properties will need repairs costing over 50 percent of the structure's market value to stay up to code. For most, that will mean physically raising the homes, a pricey upgrade that can cost well more than $150,000.​

Homes will need to follow the city's elevation standard, which is 12 inches above the base flood elevation in a 100-year floodplain, or 18 inches in a floodway.​

The department said 30,523 structures that lie within the 100-year floodplain or floodway took on some flooding during Harvey. The substantial damage designation applies only to properties in these areas.

​Some homeowners may be eligible for up to $30,000 in federal funds to help with the cost of raising the home.​​​

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