Saturday, April 10, 2010

Moving sale?

It isn't often the only item for sale in a moving sale is the whole house! These are all houses along the river that have been bought out by Fema because of the number of times these houses have flooded or are in danger of being flooded.  A permanent dike of some sort will take their place.

A mover from South Dakota has bought them and is moving them out of their lots by the river and re-selling them. House, after house, after house was either up on blocks or abandoned and waiting for removal. The river is now only at minor flood stage and slowly making its way back into it's banks. In fact, its ironic, just a few weeks ago we were worried about being under a deluge of water. Today, we under a no burn ban, as we anxiously await the need for rain. Mother nature is fickle.









Photobucket


Photobucket







Gives new meaning to the phrase "water in the basement..."


Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket






Displaced residents.  The deer, as well as the ducks we have all been finding nesting in our yards, are making due in places you wouldn't normally see them.
Photobucket



In the end, serenity...    it was the last photo of the day.
Photobucket


11 comments:

  1. What an interesting photo essay. I've never seen anything like it. How do they get those beams under the houses? That last picture is especially fitting. Nature still knows how to enjoy herself. Teaches us a lesson, doesn't it?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Really loved the last picture. The line that I am reminded of is..There is always a method to the madness!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Really loved the last picture. The line that I am reminded of is..There is always a method to the madness!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Amazing photos, and I've always thought how lucky people are who live on or very near the water... in this case, not so much!! Is this your neighborhood? Are you in danger of losing your home?

    ReplyDelete
  5. They look like they were nice homes. It's sad in a way to see peoples homes taken away but safer for everyone in the long run.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oh my - I wonder which is worse - the displacement or the ever-present threat of flood each spring?

    I also wonder if this qualifies as 'socialism' - the government deciding what has to be done with your land to keep its citizens safe? ;0)

    ReplyDelete
  7. This made me so sad...wow.
    love the last photo...sigh.

    ReplyDelete
  8. It is sad to see homes moved, but good that they can be.

    Thanks for sharing the photo story, a picture often does paint more words and meanings than we can possibly say.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh, wow, Vicky! How close to your home are these? This is quite amazing...and very sad...Your final photo, though, is so beautiful and offers hope...Mother Nature is indeed fickle! Your photos, as usual, are so perfect! I truly wish I could take such fabulous photos! You are so talented! Love you, Janine XO

    ReplyDelete
  10. one would think that by the water they would build homes higher so water levels don't reach the actual living space. Maybe even on stilts so the water can go right through it.
    They are having problems in New Orleans because of this and with good reason since rebuilding doesn't mean the problem will go away.
    They either need taller dykes or homes built 8 feet higher with a street consisting of a board walk.
    It would keep the ambiance of the city similar to what it was before the hurricane hit for people to enjoy.
    Mother nature sometimes can be hard to deal with.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Kass, we haven't been allowed back in there till now due to the water, so I have no idea the whole process involved. Its quite something to see.

    Stillness, so true! I was glad that last shot was my parting image too.

    Karen, yes, this is the area we live in but no, we are not in danger of losing our home. We live a few blocks from the river but its flooded back to back years and many other times previously.

    Liss, too much loss, repeatedly and some of those homes just need to be moved so a permanent dike or levee can be put in place.

    Bonnie, the people can choose whether they accept the money offered or not. I just think the yearly battle, and the times they've lost homes, and so many other factors have gone into this decision that so many have made. And many people have, but the occasional house has remained.

    Stephanie, I know. So glad to see you here!

    Jen, yes I think so too, that is a good way to look at it.

    Janine, oh and I wish I could paint like you! I think you easily take photos like mine... but I could in no way paint like you!

    Vic, there is a long history with this river. Its just been unusually significant these past few years and perhaps this will be the new trend. I really think the best scenario, taking everyone's interests to heart, is playing out. Most people who built by the river knew that flooding was a major drawback.

    ReplyDelete

I welcome what you have to say. Thanks for taking the time to grace me with your thoughts and words!

When you get lucky

When you get lucky

Popular Posts

Minnesota.com

Minnesota.com - MN Weather, Map, Businesses and Blogs