Health Department Looking at Flood Homes | VideoAmy Fox | 8/21/2012
"All the doors and windows have been boarded up and taken out, but it was completely open, so you know, animals could get in,” said David Selzler, Minot flood victim. “It wasn`t too long ago...I think 2 weeks ago, the Health Department came by and put a notice outside, and the owners have subsequently boarded up the windows and doors."
After compiling a list of what look like abandoned homes, First District Health is Minot is inspecting each property.
"We`re just looking for the ones that appear to be abandoned, you know. Have the weeds been attended to? Is the yard cleaned up? Is the structure secured? That’s the main thing we would ask people,” First District Health Director of Environmental Services Jim Heckman.
As Selzler looks out on his front lawn or to either side of him, it`s a less than perfect view.
"They`re not doing any work besides stripping of the siding and gutting the house. There`s been nothing done to that house because they`re working on the next one," said Selzler.
And, these abandoned homes are not the only issue First District Health is dealing with, the weeds are another big issue for nearby neighbors.
"The problem with the weeds is that they get so thick and so tall. Now, we`ve created artificial habitats for the raccoons and cats, and possible skunks in town,” said Heckman.
But, until anything is done with the flood homes in the neighborhood, Selzler is optimistic about recovery efforts.
"You know, like this lot over here, which is finally for sale,” said Selzler. “Somebody’s going to do something with it and I think it has been sold and, you know, maybe it will get cleaned off and construction may start sometime soon."
Throughout time, the weeds and debris are only going to get worse until homeowners decide what they`re going to do with their properties.
After a second inspection, First District Health will send a letter to the homeowner asking them what their plans are for the property. If they don’t get a response within 15 days, the home will be demolished.