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Another Waubay Home Moved To Higher Ground

January 29, 2014, 10:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Another Waubay Home Moved To Higher Ground
WAUBAY, SD -

A story we've been following since 2010 moved to higher ground Wednesday.

Flooding lakes have threatened dozens of homes in Waubay. One of those was an old house sitting in the southern part of town owned by Kim and Gloria Jorgenson.

With her house on wheels and about to head up the road, Gloria Jorgenson could sum up a bulk of her feelings Wednesday morning in a couple words.

"Thank goodness," Jorgenson said.

Plans for the move started almost four years ago when Bitter Lake rose into their yard. FEMA paperwork, building a basement in a new location and scheduling movers filled plenty of their time from then until now.

"I'm glad to get away from the water, not have to worry what the spring is going to bring us, not have to worry what the moisture's going to do to my house," Jorgenson said.

It has been some damage already. Demolishing or giving the 100-year-old house up to the water wasn’t an option for them, Jorgenson said.

There were some sad times that went along with the move for the Jorgenson family.

"My son made that comment last night," Jorgenson said. "He said the lake has taken away every square inch of where he's spent his childhood."

For the most part, that is. His childhood home, with the help of power crews and movers, made an escape from Bitter Lake. The Jorgensons will also keep some of the property surrounding where their home once stood.

"It could have been worse. Look at those people that get hit with flash flooding and everything's gone in an instant,” Jorgenson said. “At least we had time on our side."

A FEMA program either bought out or helped relocate 49 homes in Waubay. The program covers 75 percent of the cost.

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