Photographs taken by a private helicopter pilot Monday reveal the unimaginable extent of damage in Galveston and on Bolivar Peninsula. Only one structure, a yellow house, was left standing for miles.
The photo of the yellow house was posted on the local iReport Blog and eventually the home owners were identified.
Pam and Warren Adams rebuilt their home in February 2006 after Hurricane Rita destroyed it the previous year. . .the couple hired a contractor to build a home that could withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Warren Adams watched over every step of the construction to make sure it was done correctly. . . .Pam and Warren have since learned that their house is one of the few in the area to survive the storm.
Discussion on the blog centered on finding the builder of that home, learning about the construction of the home from top to bottom, and the need to building codes for the entire coastal USA. “If people insist on rebuilding along the ocean shore and on barrier islands, then, at the minimum, let’s build something that has a chance to survive a hurricane.”
Before and after photos of the yellow house and the now empty extensive shoreline can be viewed here. Click on the smaller picture for an enlarged view.