After six hurricanes in four years descended upon the town of Belhaven - seven, if you consider that one of the storms visit twice - (Bertha, Fran, and Josephine and then Bonnie, Dennis twice, and Floyd, and then in 2004 Isabel), with flooding up to four feet, the town has gotten some kind of funding from FEMA to raise all the houses up. On your walk, you can see various stages of construction, with the houses for sale or the rental houses still on their original foundations.
Fondest memory: Pictured is the door post in the Helmsman with 6 high water marks on it - going from bottom to top is Isabel, Bonnie, Dennis, Bertha, Fran, Flloyd.
There is a good internet site on: Belhaven which has a whole collection of antique post cards including some of Belhaven. Belhaven is a little different now than it was back in the old days. It is quieter and less developed now.
Fondest memory: It is relaxing to stroll along the wide streets of the town looking at the pretty houses as long as you don't need to get supplies or find a place to get gas or eat. All those things are on the town outskirts.
An article at the North Carolina League of Municipalities website says:
"Over 250 homes in the town have been elevated off their old foundation and placed back onto higher, more flood-evasive ones. Or, as Johnson described it: “lifting the home, tearing out the old foundation, pouring in a new foundation and then putting the home back on it.” The elevation project is the largest mitigation project ever conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."
Fondest memory: This is because with six or seven hurricanes in the last 5 or 6 years and flooding up to four feet, the town has gotten some kind of funding from FEMA to raise all the houses up.
As you walk around town, you can see various stages of construction, with the houses for sale or the rental houses still on their original foundations.
This house which is not currently in use was apparently raised when funding was available, but the job has not been finished, as there are no steps or way to access the house.