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Flood Recovery Takes Time, a LOT of Time.

If your community were to suffer from a devastating flood how quick would you think it would take for full recovery and for future flood protection? If you are thinking a year or two you need some educating on the subject. The correct answer would more likely be TWO DECADES!



Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma and I visit about a couple of the components our City is currently dealing with in regards to the NDR (National Disaster Resilientsy)program. This program is very complicated and jumping through all the hoops HUD requires is a real eye opener.

Minot Today is broadcast over the air on two Minot radio stations every Friday. You can find it on 106.9 FM at 12:15 (Noonish) and again at 4:45 on 1320 AM. Of course I always post the broadcast as a Podcast here as well as my Podcast site at Pod-O-Matic.



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Comment balloon 6 commentsBob "RealMan" Timm • December 06 2019 07:26PM


Good afternoon Bob "RealMan" Timm - some things take longer to replace.  The flood was devastating.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 7 months ago

It was massive Grant Schneider . It topped the previous record (1969) by several feet. The level of water in our livingroom was 5-1/2 feet for a full month long period. On top of that, our City and all others up and down streem, had to let their sewage systems dump unteated sewage into that river.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Morning Bob.

I wonder why people who lives in a flood plain would build a home in that area?  I also wonder why they would want to rebuild once a flood happened?  Any ideas?

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 7 months ago

Hi Bob... fortunately I've not lived where there was real danger of flooding, but I'm close enough to the coastal areas of NC where we've seen horrendous flooding from hurricanes... and in many cases they get hit again before rocovery from the prior hit. It's very difficult work to recover and it takes a long, long time.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 7 months ago

James Dray no part of Minot ND was in the flood plan when the flood devastated 1/4 of our city. Flood protection was in place to protect the city from a "500 year" flood by FEMA standards. When I purchased our home I insisted on flood insurance even though the agent said I was crazy but I came from a city where flooding was frequent and I didn't want to take any chances. Less then 10% (I had heard 5%) of the people who lost everything had flood insurance due to this attitude of "you don't need it". 

We rebuilt for two reasons. This flood hit during the oil boom and housing was at an incredible shortage even before 1/4 of the homes in the city were destroyed, thus prices were through the roof. We rebuilt because with the insurance money we could build a brand new home and have no mortgage using the insurance proceeds. 

The chances of another 500 year flood coming prior to them completing the new flood protection are astronomical even if it takes them 20 years to get it in place. This is why I was okay with rebuilding and staying in place.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago

Nina Hollander as you know I have worried about you when I've heard of hurricanes hitting North Carolina. I'm glad to know you are in a safe place.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 7 months ago