Oct 27, 2013
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Rebuilding After Storm Sandy on Connecticut Shore Means Raising Houses High

Rebuilding After Storm Sandy on Connecticut Shore Means Raising Houses High

Peter Casolino/New Haven Register

Homes along Cooper Avenue in Milford, damaged during Superstorm Sandy, are seen last week.

Working in the construction business gave Sergio Mangione of East Haven a leg up when he was forced to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy barreled into the region and destroyed his house on Oct. 29, 2012.

Excessive flooding pushed Mangione’s Ellis Road home into a nearby marsh. To ensure his new house would survive future storms, Mangione said he went to great lengths to make sure it was solid.

Pilings were driven into the ground and the house is supported by concrete piers. Steel high beams are also used to keep Mangione’s house away from floodwaters.

“If we do get another storm, mine isn’t going anywhere,” Mangione said.

Also see the New Haven Register story 1 year after Superstorm Sandy, recovery moves slowly on Connecticut shore

Under Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines, Mangione was required to rebuild his house at least 12 feet above high tide; Mangione built his 3 feet higher.

At 15 feet above high tide, Mangione is confident in his choice to rebuild in the same location.

“The engineering is so overkill, I know it won’t budge, and it’s so high, the water won’t be able to get to it,” Mangione said.

His home insurance company gave him the maximum reimbursement, but having to rebuild his entire house was costly.

“Luckily, I’m in construction, so a lot of the stuff I could do myself,” Mangione said.

He started rebuilding his property on May 3 and is about two weeks from completion.

“Of course I wasn’t happy at first, but I moved on and started rebuilding; that’s why it was done so quickly,” said Mangione, adding that the building permit process was “really difficult.”

While it’s been a long year, Mangione said he’s prepared for another storm.

“Bring it on, I’m ready,” Mangione said.

See the full story at the New Haven Register online.

 

 

Rebuilding After Storm Sandy on Connecticut Shore Means Raising Houses High

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