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Thursday the 24th will mark the 10th year that I have been back into my home after a river flowed through it for a month. We were ousted from our home June 23rd 2011 and moved back February 24th 2012.

I’ve told the story of the flood in words and in pictures here At Active Rain in the past so today I just want to focus on the celebration of ten years of resiliency and things being normal.

Having your house destroyed doesn’t sound like a good thing but a lot of good things came of it. My family and I learned a lot about people and how loving and giving they are. It was all worth it and that is why I will be celebrating this coming Thursday.


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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Bob I so remember that year your home and many others in your area where seriously flooded out.  And I'm glad to hear you feel the good in all that happened and experienced the loving, kind people in the world that helped your family and others throughout the whole ordeal.  10 year celebration - bring it on!

Feb 19, 2022 08:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

This is a memory you will never forget in your life time or any of your neighbors....Endre

Feb 19, 2022 09:53 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is so crazy!  I cannot even imagine that much flooding but you have pictures that show it.

Feb 20, 2022 05:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

The kindness and generosity were amazing Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker . 1/3 of the homes in Minot were flooded and those who were not flooded opened their doors to those who were. The City had immediately opened a shelter and I think they had less then 50 people use it out of approximately 10,000 people. Then there was all the help "mucking out" and all the donations of home furnishings as people started to move back. What a fantastic lesson to Tina and Timmothy at the ages of 9 and 11. It was also a great lesson to them as to what really matters in life.

Feb 20, 2022 05:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

The message was so timely to Tina and Timmothy Endre Barath, Jr. as to what is important in life as well as how to treat people (as they were treated).

Feb 20, 2022 05:15 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

There is no way to imagine it Brian England . Just think about the Cities infrastructure! Water treatment plants are usually located near or on the river... gone! Sewage systems under water... gone! Raw sewage had to be just dumped into the river, nothing else could be done. Yards underwater for a month.. nothing survived, all had to be replanted from scratch. 

Feb 20, 2022 05:19 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Wow, that must have been so traumatizing. Glad you are back in. Happy Sunday, rest up the new week starts tomorrow.  Thank you for the post. bill


Feb 20, 2022 05:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... I see pictures like that and all I can do is shake my head in astonishment. And just as you learned about how kind and generous people can be in circumstances like this, I tip my hat to you and your neighbors for your resilience in living through something like this.

Feb 20, 2022 05:28 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think ten years after the flood is worth a celebration!

Feb 20, 2022 05:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - and you prove it is still possible to make lemonade when handed lemons.  

Feb 20, 2022 05:54 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Can't imagine you r situation and can't imagine you will ever forget it. Wow! Enjoy staying dry!

Feb 20, 2022 06:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a special post, and this is something to be celebrate every year.  Happy Sunday!  Cheers.  A

Feb 20, 2022 07:34 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Good morning, Bob.
Now, that's something worth celebrating. This goes along with my own belief that ALL things can work for good.

Feb 20, 2022 08:54 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- it's hard to imagine all that you and others went through after something like this. It sounds like you've made lemonade out of lemons and are choosing to see something positive out of this. 

Feb 20, 2022 06:50 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Bob - that certainly was a traumatic experience that I know you would not want to repeat.  Glad so much good came out of it and people are good.

Feb 24, 2022 03:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I would not want to repeat it for sure Grant Schneider . The funny thing is that it put me in fantastic shape (I even turned heads) and while looking my best in years I had my 1st heart attack.  

Feb 24, 2022 12:00 PM