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Sanibel Island home to be lifted on stilts after new FEMA rule

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Posted at 6:49 PM, May 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-26 13:28:04-04

SANIBEL, Fla. — With hurricane season starting in a month, some residents on Sanibel Island are still working to rebuild their homes.

Davie Shoring is a construction company that is working to elevate homes. The company specializes in private and FEMA grant elevations to bring homes into compliance with the new 50/50 rule.

A company from out of state will be on Sanibel Island to raise up an entire house to put on stilts on Wednesday.

A simple check of their YouTube Page shows the company's focus specializes in coming into areas after serious storms and literally digging homes out of the ground they're sinking into.

Sanibel Island home to be lifted on stilts after new FEMA rule

Davie's work ties into new FEMA rules saying a home has to be at least 1 foot above sea level, especially if they're in a flood zone. Most of Sanibel Island falls into that category.

Their system is like a giant forklift but it slips under a home's foundation and props it up so crews can install new footing and stilts. A representative from Davie Shoring told Fox 4 that Wednesday's lift could be a strange sight for us, but for them — this is a run-of-the-mill job.

"We've done literally thousands and thousands of houses in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. And similar houses in New Jersey and York following Sandy and of course in Galveston Texas."

Crews have already made their way near Matlacha, installing these stilts and lifting homes after Hurricane Ian. Davie Shoring says they charge about a third of other companies to lift homes and put them on stilts.