In June 2013, heavy rains led to a flood in the Canadian province of Alberta, causing an estimated 6 billion Canadian dollars (A5.71 billion) in property damage.
One of the hardest-hit areas was the town of High River, a suburb of Calgary.
In Beachwood Estates, a High River neighbourhood full of million-dollar homes, floodwaters rose so high that residents had to abandon their properties, according to The Calgary Herald.
The photographer Seph Lawless documented the homes before they were sold or demolished earlier in 2017. He captured them, abandoned and eerie, awaiting their fate.
As part of a relocation platform, the Alberta government bought the homes, according to The Calgary Herald.
Of the 94 properties purchased by the government, 54 were or will be demolished and 26 were put up for sale.
The remaining homes were empty until early 2017, when they were auctioned off by the Alberta government to recoup some losses.
Eleven of the homes hit the hammer below $100,000 Canadian dollars ($A98,211), but a few sold for about double that.
The most expensive sold for $A257,804. The property values for many of the homes verged near $A980,000 before the flood.
After the flood, it was found that the homes were built on a flood plain of the nearby Highwood River.
Though numerous projects have been undertaken since the flood, it still isn't completely safe to live on the flood plain, city officials say.
Buyers had 160 days to move their new houses, which means the structures are now spread out across the country.
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