Some GF Homeowners Spending Thousands On Flood ProtectionMany homeowners in the Grand Forks Burke addition have battled floodwaters in the past, and now have built permanent flood protection. One man has spent tens of thousands of dollars.
Many homeowners in the Grand Forks Burke addition have battled floodwaters in the past, and now have built permanent flood protection
Steve Wasvick, who lives on Lake Drive near a coulee that floods nearly every year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on protection.
"This is our home and our neighborhood and we love it, we want to stay and in order to stay, you have to protect yourself," Wasvick said.
Wasvick not only put in a floodwall in 2006, but added on to it last year, spending nearly $50,000 of his own money.
"It's 100 percent out of our own pockets for the most part in this neighborhood. And for myself you know, you've got thousands and thousands of dollars wrapped up in it," Wasvick said.
The price tag may be high, but this homeowner says after 2009, when waters reached the top of his flood wall at almost 50 feet, he doesn't want to take any chances.
"The whole neighborhood sandbagged and that's something that's a heck of a financial, mental burden to sandbag. You pretty much destroy your whole yard and property and it's a lot of stress for the families," Wasvick said.
Wasvick says all the neighbors help each other out with floodwall advice and ideas. That's one of the reasons he and his wife want to stay in the neighborhood despite the cost.
"We sandbagged together, moved dirt together, planted grass together. (We) have done everything and it's a decision we've made to keep adding to our dike and try to stay out here," Wasvick said.
Wasvick has lived in his home for seven years and says he can't imagine living anyplace else.