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Published June 06, 2012, 07:07 PM

Crews working hard to move Moorhead flood buyout homes

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The deadline for home owners in Moorhead to take a flood buyout is just over a week away. So far 14 of the 53 offers made have been accepted. There are just 4 definite declines at this point.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The deadline for home owners in Moorhead to take a flood buyout is just over a week away. So far 14 of the 53 offers made have been accepted. There are just 4 definite declines at this point.

Houses can be found jacked-up on the north and south side of the city. All of these are from previous rounds of buyouts, houses that the city was able to re-sell to people willing to move them.

Mike Redlinger – Moorhead City Manager: “We're really collapsing towards the middle of the community, we've worked on the edges now we're kind of moving towards the middle into some existing neighborhoods, some areas that are relatively higher than those that we've acquired before but they're still areas that are at flood risk.”

Anybody purchasing one of the new round of flood buyout houses may have a wait to get it moved to a new location.

The team from Marcus Building Movers is getting this home in the Crestwood Neighborhood south of Moorhead in just the right spot. Something they've been doing a lot of in the F-M area

Jerry Marcus – Marcus Building Movers: “We're working 5 days a week up here and then on the weekend we go back home again.”

This house is heading about 100 mile away to central Minnesota. That's about half the distance this crew has traveled to work here from their home in Raymond, Minnesota.

Dan Marcus – Marcus Building Movers: “A lot of driving back and forth on 94 from Wilmar to Moorhead.

Jerry Marcus: Sleeping in motels eating out, it kind of gets old and they're anxious to get back home again on the weekends that's for sure.

There's just so much work here in the metro, it's hard to turn down.

Jerry Marcus: “This is unusual to move this many in one area.”

Marcus has worked booked for the entire summer.

Jerry Marcus: “We're not taking on anything more, we're actually turning some work down.”

Many of the other home movers we talked to told a similar story. They're all booked up for the summer as well and won't likely have any more openings until the fall.

That means that any new buyouts looking for house movers may have a tough time.

It means that the team from Marcus may be back up in Moorhead a little more.

Dan Marcus: “I'm about ready for a vacation.”

And what made these river front homes desirable spots also eases that daily grind just a little.

Dan Marcus: “Kind of a vacation that we're right by the river here. It's kind of nice.”

Moorhead wants to have all the buyouts and re-sales done by the end of August, which would give people the fall to move houses or for the city to demolish unsold ones.

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