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Questionable Building Site!

Uploaded by: Nikongranny

Friday June 17, 2011

Fremont County, IA

Caption: From the first time I saw this house starting to go up I questioned whether this was a safe place. Turns out "not this year."

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16. wetracy
2:34 AM GMT on June 20, 2011
Real estate agents will sell this as
"direct river access." Great added feature.
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15. tngardener
12:58 PM GMT on June 19, 2011
Great photo and discussion.
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14. pjpix
5:20 AM GMT on June 19, 2011
Looks like a neat bit of planning to me Maxine ... catch fish out the window and can't get to work.
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13. UnobtrusiveTroll10
7:15 PM GMT on June 18, 2011
Yikes.
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12. WurzelDave
5:32 PM GMT on June 18, 2011
Ahh, the trials of building on a flood plain.
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11. SVLover
1:50 PM GMT on June 18, 2011
I would still be rethinking my decision to build here, even though it is flooded yet this time, there will always be a next time.
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10. gsytch
1:42 PM GMT on June 18, 2011
Its like here in Fla...they build on sand dunes. Then , when a cat3 hits they cry. I am like "didn't ya think it out"????? Then - they rebuild as if it will never happen again. We pay for it, too, because eventually someone has to.
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9. BEME
12:14 PM GMT on June 18, 2011
Good observation by cutandpaste! I have a before photo of this Max,,,Bob and I thought the very same thing,,they WILL need a boat to get to their little island,,and notice,it is not finished as well,that's what gets me,,I hope they did'nt put drywall up yet!!NOTICE the property behind and to the left of this!!!! I wonder if the town of Percival has gotten this water yet....GREAT JOB MAX!! I'm proud of ya!!! :)
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8. skwirlwind
11:38 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
I know people who live in houses on stilts in a floodplain, they still worry.
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7. cutandpaste
10:49 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
That's not so bad.

Look at the foundation for that house: Currently, it's doing a fine job of keeping the structure several feet above water.

At worst, the residents will be merely inconvenienced during the flood, but that's not such a problem if they've got some clean water and food squirreled away.

So they live on an island for a day or three every couple of decades. So what?

If they're paying attention to the weather and the river level, they won't be there during that time anyway.

What's bad, is when the house (proper) is below flood level. I used to own such a house, which was flooded a few years ago in an area declared to be a Federal Disaster Area following the worst flood on record.

And let me just say: Having the basement (or in this case, a crawlspace) flooded, if it's designed properly, isn't a big deal: You rinse it out afterward and keep on living. But having the house (proper) flooded even a little bit is a life-altering event.

The photo shows a house which is quite far from being inundated with water. I proclaim that the engineering that went into specifying the height of that structure was good, and that the investment is sound.

Those who disagree have never seen a house on stilts.
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6. Kennebunker
10:15 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
Brings to mind the children's song "the foolish man built his house upon the sand....." Great weather reporting, Maxine. Thank you!
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5. tomekandjola
9:56 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
Great observation.
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4. fotomacc
8:17 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
Oh dear!! I'm sure glad it's not me building there.
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3. Hotzenwaelder
5:01 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
You were correct in your observation, and a big part of the problem is that people have been building in places that are predestined to be flooded at some point in time. It ain't amusing.
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2. gilg72
4:36 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
Great info series of this terrible flooding situation. Thank you for sharing these photos. 10's.
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1. NicholasLee
4:32 AM GMT on June 18, 2011
Wow, that looks very precarious! Nice shot of a bad thing.
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Nikongranny

Old, retired with lots of time on my hands and a Nikon. Lucky for me, there is a park just north of town that provides me with migrating birds and sunsets. Since joining this site, I have a new appreciation for this scenic world we live in. I especially love the comments from so many great people on here.

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