In September 2008 Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula on the Texas Gulf Coast: (I found these pictures on the internet.)
But some newer homes survived:
We were fascinated to learn how these homes are built.
The major factor in their survival is the foundation they are built on. Twelve inch by twelve inch posts forty feet long are driven into the ground 20 feet. It is quite a process.
The posts are driven in the soil for half their forty foot length:
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