Biloxi Raises Building Elevation Levels By Three Feet

Biloxians who want to rebuild their hurricane destroyed homes will have to raise them three feet higher. Tuesday afternoon, the city council voted six to one to raise building elevations to 16 feet above sea level.

That's a three foot increase, but still falls short of FEMA's recommendations which call for elevations of 19 to 24 feet. One week ago, the council narrowly defeated the FEMA recommendations.

Councilman Tom Wall told WLOX News this plan is "better than nothing." Wall says by raising the elevations three feet, Biloxi residents could qualify for $30,000 in grant money to help them pay for elevating their homes.

Councilman Bill Stallworth was the only vote against the three foot elevation increase.