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New technology to raise homes to avoid flooding during hurricanes

Punta Gorda

A new technology called the High Tide Home System elevates homes to avoid severe flooding during hurricanes.

On August 13, 2004, Hurricane Charlie hit Charlotte County, destroying businesses and homes.

Kevin Doyle, owner of Celtic Ray Public House, said: We were pretty smug. We had a few pints but the place was evacuated so we hid in the pub. “

Celtic Ray Public House (CREDIT: WINK News)

Former WINK News chief meteorologist Jim Farrell was the first to make the call about the hurricane changing direction and heading toward our coast.

Doyle and his son Max Doyle didn’t expect the hurricane to hit them.

“We hid in the bathroom, one of the bathrooms without windows, and we saw the window pop out in front and the door pop out. Then the roof started to fly off,” says Doyle. said.

Max said about half of the pub was blown up and ripped from the top.

After the Category 4 storm passed, they said they couldn’t recognize Punta Gorda.

you couldn’t find the way There were no road signs, no traffic lights, and trees on the other side of the road,” Doyle said.

The city was destroyed, but the community came together and started cleaning up.

“We’re all here, guys. You know, other businesses came and helped us with the rubble and broken furniture,” said Max.

Rebuilding began to transform Punta Gorda into something bigger and stronger.

“We’ve got a strong new foundation that’s ten times stronger than it was when it was acquired. Well, I think it’s going to be in better shape,” said Max.

Doyle said flooding remains a concern in Celtic Ray.

“We’re probably at the lowest point in this corner county, so if anywhere is flooded, it’s already flooded,” Doyle said.

Floods can do a lot of damage and cost a lot of money.

But a new technology called High Tide Home Systems could help him and other property owners get around this problem.

Philip Destefano, chief executive of High Tide Homes Incorporated, said, “These homes are built on floodwaters, so this will solve the problem.”

The company has installed a jackable steel grid platform that can lift the house from 8 to 14 feet with screws.

High Tide Homes Incorporated’s Steel Grid Platform Lifts Homes (CREDIT: WINK News)

So when a flood warning goes off, you can raise your home with the push of a button on the High Tide Homes Inc smartphone app.

“This new technology will save millions, if not billions, of dollars between claims and flip losses by insurers. rice field.

Hopefully, it will prevent damage to homes and businesses from another catastrophe like Hurricane Charlie.

“When this day comes, we think about where we are today. rice field.

High Tide Homes is working to build new homes that incorporate the technology, but it can also be retrofitted to existing structures.