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Making Peace With Florida Storms and Rain

Florida Couple Includes Rainwater Harvesting For a Water Efficient Garden Landscape
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Making Peace With Florida Storms and Rain After Tropical Storm Fay @greenspiration


When Tropical Storm Fay destroyed their riverfront home, Florida homeowners Michaela Miller and Steve Sadler rebuilt as green as they could – and included a rainwater harvesting system to irrigate their garden landscape.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:00am


By Michaela Miller

Here's the short version of our Tragedy to Triumph story….

On August 22, 2008 Tropical Storm Fay forced us to evacuate our beautiful riverfront home in Jacksonville, Florida.  Our home, which was built on a concrete slab, was overtaken by rain and river water.  Consequently, our septic tank backed up contaminating everything in its path and leaving us standing in sewage water nearly up to our knees.  We knew it was time to leave when a carpet runner floated down the hallway.

Mother Nature had spoken, but we screamed back!  We were not going to abandon our slice of paradise on the confluence of the Arlington and St. Johns Rivers.  So we decided to re-build “Villa Paraiso” (Home of Paradise) and go for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. ….  Read more.



Trish Holder
Greenspiration Home LLC
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