Inundation Conquest

Inundation Conquest

The abandonment of this farmstead long predated its inundation by a rising glacial-relic lake.  The flood simply makes the place even more of a “fixer-upper”!  Although water tables have been rising naturally for several years in much of eastern North Dakota and northeastern South Dakota, heavy spring rains and snowmelt in 2011 boosted that process enormously.  To the southwest, Roscoe’s sewage ponds almost got overtaken by this vastly expanded lake.  By the time of this shot in 2012, the waters actually receded a few feet from the previous spring, when adjacent US-12 was submerged.

3 E Roscoe SD (17 Jun 12) Looking NE
45.4485, -99.2874

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