The Moreland family drove down from
They were turned away at the
“We were told the bridges were closed and we couldn’t get in,” said Bill Moreland, a former teacher and track and cross country coach at
“We up-righted it, got the telephone pole out, but the boat had a big hole in it,” he said. “We couldn’t get in to town, so we went home.”
The family returned the next day.
“We got word you could get into town,” he said.
When they got to
“They asked us for identification and proof of ownership,” he said. “We were allowed to go the house, two at a time, so we took turns. We had to walk; fortunately we were only at
The house, he said, was in remarkably good condition.
“There was a lot of sand, and we had to come back a couple of times and get it all in the alley. The city took it away. We lost a space heater, but we were very, very lucky. Homes all around us were washed away. Several on our block were OK. We were lucky, absolutely.”
His uncle, who lived at
“He bought a couple of lots on Central, two lots next to each other, with Riparian rights,” he said. “He got a good deal and ended up with four lots when they extended
“He was in the right spot at the right time,” he said.
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