Minot Real Estate 101, What Are Dead Loops?

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Minot Real Estate 101, What Are Dead Loops?

Minot Real Estate 101, What Are Dead Loops?

When driving in the Valley area you will see the Mouse River but there are other bodies of water that look like a river but are actually "Dead Loops".

After the historic flooding of the Mouse River in 1969 many steps were taken to prevent such a flood from happening again (regretfully none of which helped to stop the great devastation of the flood of 2011). Along with building dikes and dams along the river the Corp Of Engineers redirected the river so that it would flow smoother and faster. Redirecting the river created the "Dead Loops".

A little speculation on my part is that they kept the "Dead Loops" for further flood control so they could control run-off after a heavy rain.

The Dead Loops have been the subject of many discussions over the years. There is a group currently called "The Dead Loop Gang" who would like to see the Dead Loops filled in and make use of the property commercially or for groups like the Ward County Historical Society (It's worth noting that the Ward County Historical Society likes where they are at and are not part of the movement). Some would like to see them filled in to get rid of the debris in them as well as the misquotes.

Most of the property owners along the Dead Loops like things the way they are. Their property maps show they own the dead loops as their lots extend to the middle. Many use the water to water their lawns.

From a Real Estate point of view I understand both camps on this one and have no plans on taking sides. I think it is kind of neat to know how these Dead Loops came into being and now I've shared it with you.

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Rainmaker
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
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Good morning Bob,

There are quite a few areas here and around the country that wish there were better controls for flooding.

Make yourself a great day.

Jun 16, 2015 12:27 AM #1
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Kathleen Daniels
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Bob, I understand both camps too. From my life experience, deep pockets (political) usually win that battles over land and land use.

Jun 16, 2015 12:35 AM #2
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Raymond E. Camp I would sure rather pay for better flood controll than to pay for flood insurance (but I'm sure glad I had insurance for the last flood).

Spot on Kathleen Daniels and if it isn't money it's who you know. The "Good Old Boy" network is alive and well in Minot ND.

Jun 16, 2015 12:44 AM #3
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William Feela
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Natural dead loops are called backwaters in my area...and the DNR have been exploiting these for flood control for many years.

Jun 16, 2015 12:42 PM #4
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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William Feela I can understand keeping them if they would maintain them but most of them here are full of dead trees and litter. Also I think they are a huge source of mosquitoes. If I had one in my back yard I'd water the lawn until it was drained.

Jun 17, 2015 07:15 AM #5
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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That's interesting and I can see both sides of the argument.  Maybe they should have just left things alone in the first place.  Kind of like trying to stop sand from eroding by building seawalls, which just ends up making things worse.

Jun 17, 2015 09:17 AM #6
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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I'm not familiar with Sea Walls (being from North Dakota) Georgie Hunter but I get the idea and I think you may be right. I believe this last flood was due to mismanagement of the up stream reservoirs. You would never get the Corp Of Engineers to accept blame for anything however.

Jun 17, 2015 11:24 AM #7
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