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A vented skirt, also cedar, lets flooding pass under the home in a storm. “Western red cedar has been used near the water in the Northeast for centuries,” Berg notes. The site  falls in an AE Zone, one of FEMA’s riskiest Special Flood Hazard Areas, so the first floor had to be raised  two feet above Base Flood Elevation, or 14 feet above sea level.  Photo 13 of 14 in Shore Bet
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