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By Dot Bardarson
LOG Contributor 

House makes move to higher ground in Camelot

 

Dori Hollingsworth

The Bardarson home waits for a train to pass before moving on Camelot.

The story: Rolf and Carol Bardarson lost their house to the flood of 1986. With no flood insurance, the community joined forces to salvage what they could from the river. The old house roof became a roof for a barn. Rolf and Carol re-built on the same land, but perched their house on 40-foot pilings driven into the gravel. They endured two or three more floods, losing their landscaping each time, but not the re-built house.

Last year the Kenai Borough offered a buy out plan for residents of Lost Creek with a program allowing the land to be turned over to the National Park Service for no future development. Rolf and Carol chose to move their house from the Lost Lake subdivision onto newly acquired property in Camelot. It would be a long move for a two-story house, under many utility and telephone wires, but they found a house mover from Anchorage who assessed the project and gave it a thumbs up.

Prior to the big move the heavens opened up, drenching Seward in the relentless downpour that continued throughout the three-day move. On Tuesday, the Sept. 7, power was shut off along the route. The incredible synergy of Seward services such as GCI, Telalaska, Seward Utilities, the Alaska Railroad, even D.O.T., enabled Greenstreet Housemoving Co. to safely negotiate the route from Timberlane at Mile 7, down the highway, across the railroad tracks onto Nash Road, with a tight turn onto Salmon Creek Road as they made their way to the new location, just past the old cemetery in Camelot.

It was an awesome sight, seeing this tall, wide mauve and green house invade our roads past amazed residents.

The project had its “moments” but the can-do attitude of all those agencies working together with Greenstreet Housemoving solved all challenges. The house was safely delivered to a construction site expertly prepared by Harmon Construction. Measurements were exact to an eye-lash ensuring a perfect seating. The family-and-friend effort that went on behind the scenes further ensured that all this would come together with a successful move.

One of the exciting moments was the approach of the passenger train from Anchorage at 11 a.m. The house had to wait for it to go by. While waiting, railroad crossing personnel directed local traffic to snake around the stalled house to gain access to the highway. Imagine the astonished faces of passengers as the train whisked closely by the house, stalled a few feet away at the crossing.

 

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