A Look Back At The 2011 Flood On Hoge Island

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The 2011 flood left many homes damaged, some worse than others.
There’s one place many people will never forget — Hoge Island.

Five years ago, the mighty Missouri river swallowed up Brad and Heather Magnus’s house during the 2011 flood.

The water never came over the bank, instead it soaked into the ground causing the house to collapse into the river.
It was the only house the river consumed that year.

Michael Gunsch worked as an engineer during the flood.
He says the river’s shape had a lot to do with why the house sunk into the river.

“Water moved toward the outside bend, velocity increased and basically started an erosion on this side where the Magnus residence was at. Basically it created a small vortex or a hole next to the bank of the river,” says Gunsch.

Karen Hoge has lived on the island for more than 40 years.
She says watching the house sink was like watching water wash away a sand castle on the beach.

Gunsch calls it a tragic loss.

“When you see a house go in the river your heart kind of sinks because you wish you could help but sometimes mother nature is stronger than any of us,” says Gunsch.

The land where the Magnus’s house once was — now sits empty.
And it will stay that way forever.

“There can be no future homes or structures built on these properties. They basically will be the status they are now. If you want to put a garden or some of that stuff out here you can, but you cannot build a residence or a home,” says Gunsch.

That’s because the land is now considered a high risk flood area.
Gunsch says it is possible that another flood could happen someday.

All of the surrounding homes still remain intact on Hoge Island.
As for the Magnus house – the only thing that remains is the foundation which is still in the river.

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