Since Super Storm Sandy in 2012 the Army Corps of Engineers has conducted feasibility studies and various proposals have included raising the whole town of Highlands (as Galvaston once was) or building a huge sea wall (Highlands is in fact very close to sea level except for the high land along one side of town). So far these proposals have been deemed too costly or impractical by the town, meanwhile local residents have, over the passed five years, been raising their houses, one by one by around 10 feet in order to qualify for flood insurance. This has been achieved by the new growth industry in town, 'House Lifting', which is acheived by jacking the wooden frame buildings up and then while precariously balanced, usually on wooden pilings and beams, a gound floor foundation stucture is assembled underneath, after which the house is lowered onto it's new foundation.
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