- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Plans have been set to auction several homes in Mason City that were abandoned after historic flooding in 2008.

City officials are auctioning some homes and demolishing others, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1rj7R6H ). Demolition crews worked on at least one property Monday.

Three of the properties up for auction will be open for viewing on April 30, and a walking tour of the five remaining properties is scheduled for May 3. The tour is expected to take about 90 minutes.

An informational meeting is set for Thursday at City Hall. Staff will be available to talk about necessary permits and other information.

“Persons attending either the open house or the walking tours should be aware that these houses have been boarded up and there is no power or artificial lighting available inside,” said Tricia Sandahl, city planner and flood plain administrator.



The homes were heavily damaged by massive flooding in the area in June 2008. Visitors to the houses are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear. They should also bring their own flashlights.

People are entering the homes at their own risk, Sandahl said.

The auctions are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on May 12 at City Hall. The homes must be moved off their sites by Sept. 9.

The city’s website, www.masoncity.net , has photos and information on each of the houses.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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