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Structure Elevation

Structure Elevation is an eligible activity under the three HMA programs that involves physically raising an existing structure to the base flood elevation (BFE) or higher as required by FEMA or local ordinance.  Elevation may be achieved through a variety of methods, including elevating on continuous foundation walls; elevating on open foundations, such as piles, piers, posts, or columns; and elevating on fill.  Foundations must be designed to properly address all loads and be appropriately connected to the floor structure above, and utilities must be properly elevated as well. FEMA requires Applicants and subapplicants to design all structure elevation projects in accordance with the American Society of Civil Engineers/Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE/SEI) 24-05, Flood Resistant Design and Construction.

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