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Published July 17, 2009, 12:00 AM

2009 flood still not over for some

6 LaMoure County families displaced
ADRIAN, N.D. – Even though crews worked to dismantle sandbag dikes and earthen levees throughout Jamestown on Wednesday, for many residents, the flood of 2009 isn’t over.

By: Katie Ryan, Jamestown (N.D.) Sun, INFORUM

ADRIAN, N.D. – Even though crews worked to dismantle sandbag dikes and earthen levees throughout Jamestown on Wednesday, for many residents, the flood of 2009 isn’t over.

At least six LaMoure County households still are displaced from their homes, said Sheri Gartner, LaMoure County director of emergency services.

Those six are part of the two dozen households that voluntarily evacuated after waters rose to record levels in late March and again in early April.

One of those homes belongs to Adrian resident Reid Jawaski.

Jawaski built a 3-foot dike to hold back water, but it wasn’t enough. Water toppled 3 feet over the dike itself, flooding the basement and causing two of its walls to cave in, he said.

Four months later, he’s still living with his mom and dad.

“I’m living out of a suitcase yet,” he said.

Jawaski plans to move into a modular home in October.

“We just suck it up and keep going,” he said. “But it’ll get better soon. I hope.”

Like Jawaski, Lucas and Shawna Rode can’t return home either. Water levels rose above their home’s main floor last spring, leaving the couple and their 1-year-old son, Hudson, homeless.

Now, they live out of a camper next to a barn near their home.

“You think when the water goes down the flood is over. It’s not over. It goes on and on,” said Pat Rode, Lucas’ mother.

The lives of some residents, however, are returning to normal.

At Linda Barnick’s home in Montpelier, in Stutsman County, pink rose bushes bloom where a temporary levee used to be. Floodwaters surrounded Barnick’s home this spring, covering her road and seeping into her basement. At its peak, Barnick needed five pumps to keep the water out.

“After the sandbags are gone, then it just feels like oh – it’s over with,” she said.

Barnick lost fences and other property that wasn’t tacked down, but she knew neighboring homeowners were hit worse. “As far as the flood, I count my blessings,” she said.

And the sandbags that once surrounded the home of Terry and Marna Schulz in Adrian are gone, too. The family has returned most of its belongings to the original homes on the main floor, Rode said. Many items were moved to the second story to protect them from flooding.

Similarly, Alan and Joy Carpenter of Dickey returned to their home about two weeks ago. They moved in with their son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Darla Carpenter, also of Dickey, after their basement flooded and water covered the road, making the home inaccessible.

But after the water, the home and yard require repairs, Darla said.

“I know that we’ve got a lot of work left down there,” she said.

Government assistance available

Residents with flood-related housing issues may qualify for federal assistance in the form of hazard mitigation or home buyout programs, said Sheri Gartner, LaMoure County director of emergency services.

For more information, visit LaMoure County’s Emergency Management Web site at

http://lamourecountynd.com/DES.html

. Residents outside LaMoure County may also contact the North Dakota Housing Finance Authority at 701-328-8080 or visit

www.ndhfa.org

. Click on “Flood Recovery Resources for Households and Communities.”


The Jamestown (N.D.) Sun and The Forum are both owned by Forum Communciations Co.

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