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A 12 SIDNEY HERALD.WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 YOUR NEWS FROMPAGE1 not only their homes, but many personal ef- fects. Baby's first photo book. Baby's first out- fit, and the cutest baby shoes a mom has ever seen. The family has taken a boat to see their home. It's sagging into its middle. The base- ment itself is still full of water, and the floor creaks and cracks and groans. It might com- pletely give way once the water recedes, Mason Wicorek said. "The main floor has moved 4 feet," he said. "And it has pulled away from the interior wall. There's no doubt in my mind that it is a total loss." Like the other flood victims, the Wicoreks called their insurance company first thing. "Nope you're not cov- ered," Mason Wicorek said they told his wife. "They didn't even let her finish the question. Just nope, you're not covered." His wife was so upset RENf:E JEAN SIDNEY HERALD Kristen Wicorek, left, Patty O'Neill, and Mason Wicorek tell their story to North Dakota's Department of Emergency Servi(es, which put together a multi-agency effort to inform flood victims in the Fairview-Cartwright area of resources available to help them. turned around, he saw water coming from all directions to surround them. He ran to the house The family was able to snatch two trash bags of clothes, as well as their three pet dogs, Shammy, Lucy and Blue. The three cats, however, had to stay behind. As the family franti- cally grabbed clothes, the windows of their house blew out. All at bad," Mason said. "But it was just unbelievable." Just like the movies Going back to his grandfather's house now is a surreal experi- ence. The family had a said. "That's probably at least 70 years back." Still, Mason was out with a pay loader early that day, even as the flood waters gathered in the distance, relo- cating equipment and building a berm. at being cut off she lot of dreams tied up" in As he was working, hung up The insur- their new home. Stuff however, water began ancelady did call back, they weregoing todo~ to cut acrosshis path. however to offer infor- together. Baby's first He scooped out a quick mation about agencies birthday. Easter cele- ditch to shunt it to a that might be able to bration plans, nearby field below him help the Wicoreks with "My grandfather and the house. immediate needs, built the house, and That seemed to "I'm sure she felt it's never been wet," he work OK. But when he once. "It sounded like a in 1998 and put a pre- bomb going off," Mason built house on it. It Wicorek said. "It was had special insulation, just like you see in ~ however, and other cus- :th:~ mdTcies. T~er~e' ~to~ featureSto make it was a burst of air and dust. The whole house shook. Thirty seconds later, there was six inches 0f water across the floort' The water rose quick- ly, to well past their knees. "You could not do anything. It just all happened So fast," he said. "There was no time." The cats were res- cued the next day, wet, but none the worse for wear. Still in shock Families on Satur- day were still in shock as they wandered the tables at the Fairview Firehall, looking for answers. That's not un- common, said a repre- sentative of the North- west Human Services Center. Emotional out- bursts are common. She was offering tip sheets on dealing with the emotional trauma of the crisis. Lynette Wicorek, Mason's mother, could relate. She had just been back to see her home, which was still underwater. She sat in the drive- way and cried. She and her husband bought their property Montana ready. "It was more like a stick built house than a pre-built," Lynette said. For 58 years, their :house was dry. Water sometimes surrounded entrances to the house, which was on high- er ground, but never made it up to where they were. But this time, things were different. "We could hear the water coming all of a sudden,"she said. It was so fast, they weren't able to get more than a few belongings and the family pet out. "We ran through water that was up to our knees," she said. "We drove through water to get out." Now the couple's fu- ture seems uncertain, Lynette said. Like the other homeowners in that area, they did not have flood insurance. The bank and their in- surer, told them they didn't need it, because it's not in a flood plain. "Our whole life was in that house," she said. "My husband Mike is 61. We won't be able to work long enough to replace ev- erything. I fear poverty is our future." SIMONIS FROM PAGE 1 firm in Washington D.C. His career included earning a Secretary of VA commendation for his service after an earthquake in Southern California. The award read, "In grateful recognition of truly heroic deeds in risking your life to assist in the evacuation of all veteran patients to neighbor- ing VA facilities in the immediate aftermath of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake." After returning to Sidney to spend more time with his mother, Maver- ick became the first Cherry Creek Media sales person to go on air. His community activities includ- ed Sidney Chamber of Commerce events, the Jaycees' Demolition Derby and the Richland County Fair. He always had a pink mohawk during Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night at the fair's rodeo. Services were held for him at Fulkerson Funeral Home on Tues- day, March 26, 2019. FROMPAGE1 For children of the Sidney area who are still interested in playing in Babe Ruth League or American Legion baseball, Sukut indicated the Glendive Blue Devils are the next best option. How- ever, the second-year principal acknowledges travel concerns may pose issues for pro- spective players from Sidney to play in Glen- dive given the fact that the two cities are over 50 miles apart. Meanwhile in Willis- ton, American Legion baseball supervisor Kazuma Kaneko says participation numbers among 13-15 year olds in the area are very strong. In fact, Kaneko says there are enough players to field three separate teams within the 13-15 year old age bracket. Looking ahead, Sukut said it is "no1 extremely promising, but there is always a chance" that Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball can resume next season. However, if there are multiple seasons with no baseball at eithe~ level, the principal said the existence of the youth sports program "could be in serious trouble." STARTS WITH MAKING YOUR APPOINTMENT. Our tax professionals will get you every credit and deduction you deserve. Visit HRB K.OON to make an appointment today. PUT OUR EXPERTISE TO WORK FOR YOU. 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