Staying in Minot | VideoJenny Castro | 6/18/2012
As Linda Medley thinks back on the last year, her flooded house in southeast Minot is not nearly as painful as losing her husband several months before.
"The last ten years ago he was just going downhill,” she said.
During the evacuation, Medley was on her own and remembers her neighborhood being in a frenzy as everyone scrambled to save what they could.
"I was by myself trying to move stuff. But I moved what I could upstairs and tried to save some things but couldn`t save everything."
Over the last year, the hardest part for her and her neighbors has been the wait. From insurance money, to loans, to contractors, there seems to be a wait for everything. With this unknown gap in the future, Medley has entertained the thought of leaving like many others she knows.
"The longer the wait is on stuff you do think about it. You think, `Oh well, you know, maybe it would`ve been a good idea just to sell the house and go somewhere else.` But I love the neighborhood, I love my neighbors."
She’s not all alone, her three cats have kept her company she says and always take her stress away. She also can`t say enough about her contractors from Concrete Services.
"They helped me with so much stuff and when my car broke down they actually came and got me and made sure I made it to the dealer to get my car fixed."
Medley moved back to the second floor of her home in February while her contractors finish rebuilding.