(Login Nafana) Forum Owner Posted Sep 1, 2005 2:15 PM
I suspect many will never return. When Hur. Andrew socked Homestead back in '92 many people just moved to other places and never returned. I think it would be especially crazy to rebuilt in a city like New Oleans that is below sea-level and you must depend on dikes to keep you dry. It's possible to built a house that's pretty well Hurricane proof. Building codes here now specify 136-mph wind loading which can be achieved with shutters and well anchored roofs. But theres nothing you can do if you live in a valley that floods every time the dike gets a hole. I sure wouldn't built there.