vents on Bradford White water heater

The flood killed my Whirlpool water heater; a supplier is holding a Bradford White gas water heater for me, although I've never seen it. After I hung up the phone I found this photo of a Bradford White one has vents on the bottom (my old one doesn't)--which I guess my new one probably has. I'm paranoid now about future flooding getting into those vents. Comments anyone? http://www.bradfordwhite.com/products.asp?category=Residential_Gas_Water_ Heaters
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Gas burners are at the bottom and the outer case is not water proof. In case of flood you are out of business with or without vents.

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The one that's being held is 48-1/2" inches high. I emailed the friend who's picking it up. He said, "Does no one have the shorter models?" I think he might be thinking we could elevate a shorter one to keep it further off the basement floor. I've been looking on the web to see if a shorter-than-48inches-one exists. Do you know?

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If it is below flood stage it will flood. Look into gas tankless by Bosch ,you will pay more initialy but will save alot .My payback is apx 4 yrs on a Bosch
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Check to see if the tall one has a built in stool. It may be elevated. They were thinking of doing that to prevent fires from when people spill solvents on the basement floor. The solvents take longer to be ignited if the flame is elevated a couple of feet off the ground. That is another reason to keep it off the floor. May be code now in your area.

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