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Houston Responds to Harvey Destruction with New Regulation

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Houston Responds to Harvey Destruction with New Regulation

If you have an addition coming up and you're in Houston, take note


By By James F. McClister May 17, 2018
remodelrs had a lot of work after hurricane harvey
This article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of Pro Remodeler.

In an effort to protect future structures in Houston against damaging floods, like the ones that followed Hurricane Harvey last year, the City Council recently passed a requirement that all new homes within the 500-year floodplain will need to be built two feet above the floodplain, starting Sept. 1. 

Why should remodelers care? 

Because the rule also applies to all new additions in the floodplain, so long as they’re larger than a third of the home’s original size.

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