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Photograph by Dave Gatley taken on 09/17/1999 in North Carolina

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South-facing Long Beach on Oak Island, N.C., September 17, 1999 -- Hurricane Floyd brought a devastating 15 feet of storm surge that damaged or destroyed hundreds of houses along this community's ocean front, and flattened its frontal sand dunes.  Here is a prime example of mitigation working by elevation of the home at right. The older, ground-level block foundation of the home on the left was crushed.  Elevation of this home could have preserved it.  Photo by DAVE GATLEY/ FEMA News Photo
South-facing Long Beach on Oak Island, N.C., September 17, 1999 -- Hurricane Floyd brought a devastating 15 feet of storm surge that damaged or destroyed hundreds of houses along this community's ocean front, and flattened its frontal sand dunes. Here is a prime example of mitigation working by elevation of the home at right. The older, ground-level block foundation of the home on the left was crushed. Elevation of this home could have preserved it. Photo by DAVE GATLEY/ FEMA News Photo - Location: South-facing Long Beach on Oak Island, NC
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