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Old 07-29-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: south Missouri
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0% basement means no basement.

In southern MO, there are not as many basements as in other parts of the state and country. Soil is very rocky, lots of underground springs and such.

My house has a basement but it's actually one of just a few in our entire subdivision that does.
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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0% basement means no basement.

In southern MO, there are not as many basements as in other parts of the state and country. Soil is very rocky, lots of underground springs and such.

My house has a basement but it's actually one of just a few in our entire subdivision that does.
We lived in a house with no decent basement in N. Missouri and I really hated those times the tornado siren went off and I had to drag the kids into the closet. I am a firm believer in a good hole in the ground to hang out during T warnings.

The next house we had a basement, TV and just about everything else we could need to be sort of comfortable until the warnings passed.

When we move back to Missouri, we'll likely have a small cellar under our house if we go through with the purchase we think we will. Not thrilled about that (rather have a full basement) but that's what the house has.

We have family in Joplin and they have bought their second house now without any shelter or basement and I don't know how they can do that and not worry with all the storms down there.
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:26 PM
 
Location: south Missouri
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I wouldn't have bought my current house if it had not had a full basement. I'm a "tornado survivor" meaning I was once left with the clothes I was wearing and little else so a basement is important to me.

But most people in this southwest corner of MO don't have one and the lack just doesn't bother most of them.
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:17 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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I wouldn't have bought my current house if it had not had a full basement. I'm a "tornado survivor" meaning I was once left with the clothes I was wearing and little else so a basement is important to me.

But most people in this southwest corner of MO don't have one and the lack just doesn't bother most of them.
I'm so sorry to hear that. I haven't been through a tornado (I thank God) but our first house caught on fire and we lost everything but the items still packed up in our bedroom closet. That was the only area the roof wasn't burned off the house. To have the place you thought of as your home and haven destroyed is hard, not to mention when you realize you don't even have your toothbrush any more. We all got out safe and I hope you and anyone with you was unhurt also.
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:49 PM
 
Location: south Missouri
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I'm so sorry to hear that. I haven't been through a tornado (I thank God) but our first house caught on fire and we lost everything but the items still packed up in our bedroom closet. That was the only area the roof wasn't burned off the house. To have the place you thought of as your home and haven destroyed is hard, not to mention when you realize you don't even have your toothbrush any more. We all got out safe and I hope you and anyone with you was unhurt also.

Thanks. I can tell you understand - losing a home, no matter how it happens, is rough but we endured. No one seriously hurt, just picked up what pieces we could and went on from there!!
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