“When you’re under the house and you hear the sound of tearing concrete, you’ve only got a split second to get out of there…”
New Orleans – the wettest city in the US, built on swampland and in the direct path of tropical storms and hurricanes – is sinking. And Jeremy Patterson is in a race against time to save it, by lifting the homes, houses and historical landmarks out of the floodwaters and above immediate danger.
House jacking in the Big Easy is anything BUT easy.
“Nothing down here is built to code…you never know what’s going to happen when you lift one of these buildings out of the swamp…it could be a busted foundation, a broken gas pipe, a gator – or a decomposed body!”
Even after hundreds of jackings, no two jobs are ever the same.
“Every job is a mechanical miracle – we’re lifting structures 12 feet off the ground that were never meant to be moved at all.”