Before Katrina hit south Louisiana, New Orleans was the home to just under 20 shoring companies. Actually, it was only a handful of companies that did shoring work exclusively and about a dozen more that were construction companies that did some type of shoring and elevation work. So around 20 shoring companies in New Orleans pre-Katrina.
After the storm, with the availability of federal money for elevating New Orleans area homes above flood level, literally hundreds of shoring companies descended on the Cresent City. There are presently over 400 shoring companies doing business in the city. 400! A year ago there were almost 700! That's a little obnoxious.
Part of the problem appears to be the State run federally financed Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Kinda frightening. That's the "state run", "federally financed" Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. That's free money from the Feds but it's handled and distributed by our state. That makes it almost an impossibility that it will be done properly. And that's a shame, not only for the home owner but for the legitimate shoring and elevation companies.
Sadly, many new orleans area homes have been improperly raised to flood level. Some of the work is so substandard that homeowners are already finding problems with the work just weeks after it's done.
Out of town, fly by night, grant chasers are coming into our city with little to no shoring or elevation experience and are doing a major injustice to homeowners in our area. Hack contractors making huge profits, while in many cases, doing a substandard job shoring or elevating homes.
In some cases, homes having to be demolished because of damage done beyond repair. Even though the Feds are financing the lift, you, the home owner get to choose exclusively who raises your home.
The best thing a homeowner in greater New Orleans can do when it comes to elevating your home is check with the Better Business Bureau and go with a company with a strong reputation. Second, go with a local shoring company that has no ties to a larger out of town company. And third, go with a company that was here in New Orleans, ideally, decades before Katrina. Good rep, local, and here before the storm. Do those three things and you've improved the odds dramatically in your favor of getting the job done right.