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Jacking up homes

, November 20, 2012

City planning director Bob Hamblen looks at a house which has been raised to minimise storm and flooding damage on the ocean's edge in Saco, Maine, on November 19. In the aftermath of the historic floods caused by Superstorm Sandy, some city leaders have begun to argue for the construction of sea walls capable of shielding the US coastline from ever more intense storms. But in Saco, Maine, storm protection comes in a far less glamorous package. Along what used to be Surf Street, owners of beachfront houses are jacking their homes up to allow storm surges from Saco Bay to flow underneath them. Reuters/Brian Snyder 




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