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Burleigh County to Sell Flood Affected Buildings

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The buyout of four flood affected homes in Burleigh County is now complete.

Burleigh County paid $1.3 million to buy four homes on Hoge Island.

"At the force the river hit these properties, there's been erosion beneath each property," says Burleigh County Water District Manager Kathleen Jones.

In order to prevent further erosion Burleigh County has bought out four of the properties on Hoge Island.

With exception to the Magnus home, all the buildings will be sold.

Jones says "We are expecting bids to be 5-7% of the market value. Some of the out buildings may go for more than that."

The owner of this home is in the process of moving out.The other two homes are empty.

Jones takes us inside one of them. "Lets go look," Jones says.

This is a look at the home, two years ago. Water flowed under it for weeks.

"Okay, come on in folks, beautiful kitchen, a little dusty but gorgeous. A Nice fireplace, oh my, beautiful tile work. Even with a few cracks, this house looks to be in pretty good shape."

After the homes are sold and moved, clean up with begin. That means removing all the dead trees, taking out the foundations, sandbags and dirt.

"Hopefully by next year this will be a nice green field," says Jones.

The most significant clean up effort will be pulling the Magnus home out of the water.

The home was torn apart, the foundation sits 50 yards away from the rest of the home.

Jones says, "that part of the bank is a major concern. As soon as it is out of there we have to stabilize that bank."

Stabilization will prevent more of the bank from being washed away.

The land will also be used in building flood protection.

Jones says, "We need to get this mess out of here so people can have some normalcy to their life."

Bids for the homes and two other structures are being accepted starting today.

An open house will be at the properties July 18th from 1-4 p.m.

The auction will take place July 24th at 10:00 in the Tom Baker Room of the City County Building.

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