From everything I have read homeowners will have to get an elevation certificate in order to see where they stand in regards to the new base flood elevations that will be adopted (which, according to FEMA, could take up to two years). This would mean having a survey made of your property at a cost of between $350 to $500 just to find out if and how high your home may have to be raised.
I think that with the FEMA money that both the state and city have received ($1.7 billion each), some should be used to provide elevation certificates to every home that was damaged during the storm. I callon our local elected officials to help us with this. The money that a survey would cost can go along way to the rebuilding of our homes.