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Re: Why do people...
Insurance has been slow in coming for some people as I understand it.. but I think the bigger problem is that the homes effected the most have to be raised about 6 to 8 feet or insurance will not cover them. They might have received monies to fix the damage that had occurred but not raising the house and they would be without any insurance going forward if they didn't. The houses were expensive because of their prime location near the Bay or having canals in their backyards for private boat dockage not because they were so lavish. The majority have raised their houses but there are still a house or two on many blocks that are just boarded up. As you can imagine, raising a house from its foundation doesn't come cheap. We even had one house slip off the pilings holding it up before a new foundation was put in. It also raises the problem for older folks of access. Where you might have had a house with a step or two to get into, now its a steep set of stairs. Steeper than I could navigate easily.
We buy the majority of our groceries in bulk at Costco each month and freeze it so we're covered from that point of view but we still need to fill in each week with some items. I have room enough here but in Florida, not so much so.