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Shoals Cabin Owners Facing Eviction By DNR

Cabin in Shoals

Ted Oshier's cabin along the White River in Shoals, IN. (Adam Pinsker, WFIU/WTIU News)

Several Martin County cabin owners got a startling letter from the state Department of Natural Resources saying they have to move or face a steep fine.

The letter claims they are in violation of the Flood Control Act, a law that originated in the 1930s.

“It would be a 1,000 dollars if I didn’t show them I was dismantling it, and 500 dollars from each day on," says Ted Oshier, who received the letter.

He moved into his cabin on West River Road in Shoals six months ago.

The previous owner of the cabin says DNR told him it would be OK to sell the cabin to Oshier.

“When these cabins were built no one knew they were in any violation, obviously they wouldn’t be built and I wouldn’t have bought this knowing they were in violation," says Oshier.

Oshier is appealing the decision. A DNR spokesperson says the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation. 

“There’s no justice in that, to uproot families like that and put ‘em out and lose everything.”

State Representative Shane Lindauer and State Senator Eric Bassler say they’re considering legislation to save the homes.

The potential legislation wouldn't receive a vote at until the legislature convenes in early 2020.

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