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  • Traffic was closed down in Charles City Wednesday morning as a crew brought a house into town, down Gilbert Street. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Traffic was closed down in Charles City Wednesday morning as a crew brought a house into town, down Gilbert Street. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Traffic was closed down in Charles City Wednesday morning as a crew brought a house into town, down Gilbert Street. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Traffic was closed down in Charles City Wednesday morning as a crew brought a house into town, down Gilbert Street. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Traffic was closed down in Charles City Wednesday morning as a crew brought a house into town, down Gilbert Street. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Traffic was closed down in Charles City Wednesday morning as a crew brought a house into town, down Gilbert Street. (Press photo James Grob.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

There was a temporary traffic jam on Gilbert Street in Charles City on Wednesday morning — and a house was to blame.

Josh and Rachel Mack had the housed moved from Mason City to its final destination, 206 South Jackson Street in Charles City. The house and its accompanying motorcade left Mason City Tuesday morning and spent Tuesday night in Floyd. It took Old Highway 218 to town, entering on Gilbert Street.

Police closed off a portion of the road as the house was being delivered, and crews were on hand to make sure the house was able to clear electrical and cable TV wires. Some tree branches had to be trimmed to allow the house to make the right turn off Gilbert to Jackson, up the steep hill.

It was placed at its permanent location on Jackson Street by noon Wednesday, and the house will be placed onto its foundation on Thursday morning. The inside of the house is finished, with the exception of fixtures and flooring.

The Macks intend to put the house on the market and sell it. It’s their first time undertaking such an endeavor.

“Charles City struggles with available housing. A lot of people work here who live in Waverly or somewhere else,” Josh Mack said. “I hope this shows people that we do have housing options in Charles City.”

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