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October 4, 2013

We fully understand the ongoing frustration in Minot regarding apparently abandoned flood-damaged home....

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Oct-05-13 10:49 PM

My job has allowed me to enter and inspect at least 20 of those abandon home all across the flooded valley. The homes are in foreclosure. Many have not been touched. Many still have furniture and belongings in them. The interiors are covered with mud and mold. People of the Valley were told that we had flood control. they were told by authorities they did not need flood insurance! They were told that a flood like the one in 69 could never happen again! 4000 homes were damaged and only 375 had flood insurance because of this. I personally received a letter from my Mortgagee Company around 1995 that my home was no longer in the flood plain and I was no longer required to carry flood insurance. Well I had 9feet of water at my house. I have now told my kids to buy their homes on high ground and not to put your trust into people of authority, because they really don't know what they are doing either.

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Oct-04-13 11:29 PM

I like how you rewrite history. Ruyak headed the Corp, cut about 17 miles of loops out of the river, built and cleaned the river banks and in the late 70's the high water did not breach the leevees. Fast forward to the last 15 years when no one was caring for the leevees, FEMA/CORP became environmentalists, no one was monitoring any of the water levels, the CORP STOPPED building up the d i k e s instead of continuing working and we have a mess. Now, I agree, our city is known for pushing through whatever they want even though we vote it down. WE, the citizens of Minot did nothing to prevent flooding during the past 20 years. and yes, Ruyak was awesome. Took the bull by the horns, made huge changes, and if he would have been in charge in 2011 or before, I doubt we would have had the flood.

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Oct-04-13 6:24 PM

Legend, exactly what was our mayor doing for the Hostfest in June? I agree with you when you say we were not informed, that our city, state and federal government had ignored the flood valley for years. FEMA has become an environmental 'save the fish' entity, not an entity for flood protection. Anyone remember Ruyak? He was awesome. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

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Oct-04-13 4:33 PM

The citizens of Minot agreed to raise the money to build the dry dams. They are the rightful owners because they paid the money to build them.

The dams are their property, maybe only in spirit, but the fact is the people of Minot paid for them.

The breech of the agreement allows them the right to sue for damages.

The City of Minot and the Province of Saskatchewan can pony up money to help those who were devastated by the flood. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

A class action lawsuit should be filed. No lawyers' fees, all pro bono.

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Oct-04-13 12:18 PM

I agree about following things legally most certainly. There are a couple homes we pass by daily going to various places and one has not been touched--not gutted, sanitized, etc. I am not sure if the bank now owns it or if a family does or what but I have to wonder about sanitary conditions. What about homeowners in that area when/if the home is demolished--thinking about mold spores going all over the places. And I agree about if it's bank owned--30 days is good enough. Definitely agree about two years being long enough. The day we could get back in we had someone in there gutting...

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Oct-04-13 11:39 AM

Homes owned by banks also should get 30 notice, and the banks either rebuild them or tear down within 30 days. End of story.

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Oct-04-13 9:56 AM

While the homeowners maybe are not to blame for the mess "originally" it is theirs now as it has been TWO YEARS. So if they should sue Minot and Saskatchewan, can I sue them for the safety and health hazard in my neighborhood? How about the unsightly mess that has had nothing done to it in two years that is now affecting the sale of my refurbished home? I mean if we are going to sue people, let's sue people right mule?

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Oct-04-13 8:54 AM

Rick touched on something. Banks, many of them are out of state banks, own homes. Why the banks are hanging onto them is beyond me, but I know of at least 6 such instances. Others? I don't know. Define secure. Doors locked? How about basement windows that are open? Leaking roofs? Sagging garage? I must say the city is looking better this fall than it has since the flood.

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Oct-04-13 8:06 AM

The dams in Canada we're supposed to remain dry to provide flood protection in years of high precipitation. The homeowners are not to blame for the mess. TheCity of Minot and the provincial gov of Saskatchewan are liable and remain liable and still can be sued.

An owner of a flooded house in Minot has every right to sue both Minot and Saskatchewan.

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Oct-04-13 7:34 AM

hog wash MDN these people have had over 2 years to do something. IT is TIME to take action. I just wonder if part of the problem is that banks own these homes, and the City doesn't want to make there rich friends mad.

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Oct-04-13 6:29 AM

Two years and some of these homes haven't even been gutted and sanitized? Enough is enough. If I could gut my house and carry out debris a wheelbarrow at a time, so could they. Not to mention,several groups donated their services to do so. It's unfair to people like us who have worked so hard.

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