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Published October 21, 2012, 08:46 PM

FEMA buyout funds come through and let a family start new

Rogers, ND (WDAY TV) -- Just when hope was about gone, a Barnes County family is seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Rogers, ND (WDAY TV) -- Just when hope was about gone, a Barnes County family is seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

After more than a year of waiting, FEMA buyout funds have come through for their home, devastated by shifting soil.

John and Jan Bury are moving for the second time in less than two years.

But this time, they are going to a place they can call their own.

John Bury: "The beginning of a new start for a home."

This excitement comes after years of disappointment.

Last year, the Bury's had to leave the home they called "their paradise," perched on Lake Ashtabula. The land around it had begun to slide, causing the home to shift off of its cinder blocks.

It became too dangerous to live in, so they moved into a rental home.

Jan: "I miss it every day. Every day I look out the window, because I don't see the lake anymore. And it's still really hard.

The Bury's have been waiting for a decision on buyout funds from FEMA ever since their future home hinging on when and whether it would ever come."

Finally, they got the call approving the buyout.

Now that the buyout has come through after more than a year of waiting, the Bury's can finally begin to build a new life in a new home.

The new place is just down the road, in Rogers. But moving in is bittersweet.

Jan: "I would rather be moving back to the lake, but that's never gonna happen again. It's not ever gonna be safe, that ground is still moving now, it's been moving for two years."

Now, they are just glad to see a light at the end of a long tunnel.

Another family, the Cruffs, are also part of the buyout. The two families were the only permanent residents on the lake.

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