OK, this is pretty amazing. A house stands as the only structure for miles after hurricane Ike smashed ashore in Galveston, TX. Everything else on the property is gone: the decking, the lawn, everything. It almost looks like the ground under the house’s foundation is eroded. But the house is still there. The neighbors, and any sign of their houses, are gone as far as the eye can see (pictures here).
The owners of the last house standing specifically built it to withstand hurricanes. It worked but you almost have to wonder to what end. They won’t be able to live on that moonscape for a while and the expenses to replace what was damaged or swept away will still be substantial. Oh well, I guess they’re still one step ahead of everyone else who lived there.