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6 Investigates: Hurricane-proofing the Coast

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MUSTANG ISLAND, Texas - There's no such thing as a "hurricane-proof" home. But clearly, some coastal homes come closer to the idea, than others.

A group of blockhouses on 10th Street in Port Aransas survived 140 mph winds during Harvey without a scratch, while other homes nearby are now in shambles.

However, building a bunker, isn't necessarily the answer.

Homebuilder Bart Braselton took 6 Investigates into a new home on the Southside of town.

He showed us how the entire frame, from the foundation to the ceiling joists, is connected by a network of metal straps.

"The theory goes like this: That we tie everything from the top of the roof, all through the walls, all the way down to the slab."

The results? Homes that stood strong against Harvey's winds.

"You may sustain some damage, but, the structure is here. You have something to come home to," Braselton notes.

But those whose homes are engineered and built under older codes have fewer options.

Corpus Christi Councilman Greg Smith says the best way to protect an older home is by building a better roof.

Smith's business, "Pioneer RV Resorts" on Mustang Island, suffered serious damage from Harvey, both from wind and water.

But the worst came from shingles blowing away and rain penetrating the ceiling.

He says the city should attack the problem of how to best bolster homes, by requiring new roofs to be built with stronger materials and by requiring new buildings to be raised to a higher elevation.

"I may have some folks saying,'We can't afford it,'" he says. "(But), it's one of those things we can't afford not to do."

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