'House Raising' Documents Homeowners' Attempts to Overcome Future Floods

By: Joey Haar - Aug 24, 2016
References: iwphotoart & wired
With climate change contributing to higher and higher sea levels each year, the New Jersey homeowners in Ira Wagner's 'House Raising' photography series are taking drastic measures to keep their most expensive assets intact.

Flooding can be absolutely devastating, as many of the New Jersey residents who had to repair their homes after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 know. In an attempt to keep their homes safe from any future disasters, hundreds of these residents are putting their houses up on wooden "stilts" and then recasting the houses' foundations at this elevated level.

The houses in House Raising are lifted anywhere from three to 10 feet and the procedure costs around $150,000. However, for the homeowners on the New Jersey shore, that's a small price to pay for an intact home during a flood.