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Hurricanes: Science and Society
Photo showing two houses on the shoreline.  One is completely collapsed and the other appears to have only minor damage.  The standing house was elevated off the ground.
House destroyed in Floyd
Hurricane Floyd (1999) brought a devastating 4.5 m (~15 ft) storm surge that damaged or destroyed hundreds of houses along Long Beach on Oak Island, NC. Here is a prime example of mitigation working- the elevated house on the right was still standing after the hurricane. The older, ground-level block foundation of the home on the left was crushed. Elevation of this home (on the left) may have prevented it from being completely destroyed.
Dave Gately/ FEMA News Photo