Assessor: This home worth 23% more in 2003!

In 1998 these improvements were decreased in value by the Grays Harbor assessor. In 2002 these improvements are declared worth 23% more. This property was subject to flooding in 1991 and 1996.

The photos of the 1996 flood follow. Note: these photos are digital camera copies of video tape or electronic copies of hard copy photos. Digital cameras weren't generally available in 1996 and 1997.

The 1996 flood required major decisions. The decision process is an integral portion of our 2002 appeal.

Lake Front Property
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The big flood in February 1996

An almost drowning dog woke us up to this.

Notice how high the water is on the satellite dish. The dish is on a __ foot pole and the dish center is ___ above the ground. This was not the flood peak.

Looking to the southern shore
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The entire property from the 2nd floor living room looking south to State Route 12 which is 1/3rd mile in front of the window is under water.

All the fence lines are underwater

Compare this view to the view from picture 25.

The photographer in picture 25 would have been 2 feet or more under water.

Hip boots required!
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Meanwhile down stairs this is the view of the family room.

Taken before the flood crested.

The wood stove was almost totally immersed at the crest.

Immersed in TV
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A view of the entertainment center

When we retired at 2 a.m. on 2/8/96 this room was totally dry

At 6 a.m. 2/9/98 the room was flooded like this

Obviously a lot of electronic gear was lost.

A Floating Desk?
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The southwest corner of the same room, before the flood crested

All the carpeting, wallboard and insulation under water had to be ripped out, disposed of and replaced.

Looking out this port hole
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A view from the first floor window (directly under the window in picture 2)

The flood has almost crested and flood waters are visible inside and outside the first floor.

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View from inside the front door

This is entry is midway between the first and second floor

The water covers the front porch.

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On February 10th we could leave house for the first time

The flood deposited mud on front porch and shows the depth of the water.

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Inside the garage

The freezer floated, inverted and dumped its contents

The sheetrock and insulation throughout the garage, bathroom, hallway and family room had to be removed.

Two cars in the garage were total losses

All the flood damaged walls and insulation and the garage door had to be removed, disposed of, and replaced.

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Meanwhile, in another structure all the contents were floated, inverted and dumped

When the door was opened this is the disaster that met us.

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The bathroom toilet and the septic tank were flooded and flood waters likely entered the house first through the shower and toilet.

The wall to wall carpeting had to be sacrificed.

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On the 12th, the first day we could leave the immediate area of the house

This is some of the property damage done.

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Valuable farm land

!Ellen stands at the end of what was a fence line that reached 1/3rd mile to State Route 12

The fence lines, on both sides of the road have been washed out, destroyed

The line on the left had 8 foot railroad ties every 25 feet. They are gone.

A 4/10th mile oval horse track was totally washed out.


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A telescopic view of what is left of the fence lines, after we had done emergency repair to the fence line on the left

Our stock had been confined in water up to their shoulders, in the barn for three days

That fence line was repaired so that we could turn out the animals.

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The engine compartment of one of three vehicles stored in the arena for safekeeping

Obviously the flood waters were higher than the engine compartments

This building was shown in photo 1 - and it looks high and dry, but obviously it was not and the flood waters ripped through it.


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Just some of the railroad ties that were ripped out by the force of the flood

Ellen's foot is on the cement which held these posts in the ground.


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Some of the fence and road destruction

Looking south to State Route 12

The flood fury totally destroyed the fence line.

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The road is destroyed. The video print does not show the ruts and gullies carved across the road by the flood waters

This road could only be navigated by a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

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The first day out of the house ended with this scene.

This is the approach to the house, and Ellen dejectedly returns to the home that was once our dream come true but is now a financial nightmare and liability.



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And here is the view as you turned the corner.

You can almost make out the front door and front porch.

The flood waters exceeded the height of the front porch (see photo 7).



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The February 1996 wasn't the only flood. The newspapers are full of flood stories.

But on December 31 we were surrounded again. This time we had a flood wall to hopefully protect us.

The wall was finished that night. This is a view across what is left of the front porch (now unusable) looking to the pump house (as in photo 1).

The wall surrounds the house and it looks life a fort!

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Along the back of the house the flood wall looks like this during a flood event.

The only way in or out of the house is by climbing over the flood wall.

The wall has to be closed off before flooding happens.

Not a real marketing advantage.



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This is how the flood wall is closed off.

Removable panels have to be inserted in position and 1 to 2 feet below the surface.

The panels have to be backfilled with sand. .

This is not a marketing advantage

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The flood wall across the driveway.

It takes three panels like this (the photo shows a complete panel and a portion of a second panel.) to protect the entryway from flood waters.

They have to be moved by hand, screwed together, and bolted into position.

This is not a real marketing advantage.

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Flood wall all but invisible

The photographer who took this picture would have been a few feet underwater during the flood.

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The driveway without the flood wall. The circle driveway has been lost due to the flood wall

The rain gutters now extend at weird angles - down and over the flood wall to discharge runoff outside of the flood wall

The mound of sand helps to shore up the flood wall at the SW corner.


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From the west looking at the front porch - or what is left of it

The front door is useless there is no safe way to get off or get on the front porch.

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Another view of the front porch - there simply is no safe access.


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The new, improved rain gutter downspouts

The first one drains the front of the house

The one in the rear drains the back of the house.

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A view of the downspouts for the back of the house

These have to be reinstalled each rain year.

The lay of the land requires a long run to discharge rainwater outside of the flood wall.

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The downspouts again

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On the NW corner, the flood wall has to be inserted each year, and the rain gutters extended.

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A view of the SW downspout

Remember this land was flooded such that the water in 1996 was two thirds of the way up the new flood wall

The photographer would have been under water.

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The pump house. Part of the improvements

The two lines and nails show the 1991 and the 1996 flood levels.

The 1996 flood was 48 inches (4 feet) above ground level. The 1991 flood was 22 inches above ground level.

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The pump house.

A front view showing the 1991 and the 1996 flood levels.

The 1996 flood was 48 inches (4 feet) above ground level. The 1991 flood was 22 inches above ground level.

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A final view of the flood wall

Again, the flood waters reached two-thirds of the way up this new wall