In 2005, raging flood waters devastated Gene and Bobbie Wilsons’ home, barn, land and equipment – everything was destroyed. The local devastation went far beyond property damage and the Wilsons were luckier than some – several, including the Wilsons neighbors, lost their very lives.
After depleting their retirement savings to rebuild their condemned home, Bobbie Wilson was relentless in seeking assistance to restore their fields. Ultimately, Bobbie was put in touch with Resource Management, Inc. (RMI) on the suggestion that Heart & Soil® Engineered Topsoil might be the solution they were seeking. Although state regulations presented some hurdles, the state ultimately found a way to help the Wilsons restore their farm fields using Engineered Topsoil.
The RMI Solution
RMI, through the assistance of Executive Councilor Ray Burton, was able to bring several state agencies and private companies together in order to develop a restoration plan for the Wilsons. Through the generosity of RMI and several other companies, 61,000 cubic yards of Heart & Soil® Engineered Topsoil were delivered — all at no cost to the Wilsons.
Four years after flood waters tore through Alstead, the 130-year-old farm celebrated something its owners thought would be impossible – the restoration of its land.