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Dealing With High Water

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While the current high levels of the Mouse River have not caused flooding for any areas of high population, they are creating major headaches for people in some rural areas along the river's path.

Jennifer Thorgramson returned to a site that was familiar during the 2011 flood: a blue house northeast of Burlington that was once surrounded by flood water.

(Brentt Nelson, Burlington Resident) "We're pretty nervous. With what happened before, how couldn't you be?"

There's an unsettling view from the back porch.

The 'island house' on County Road 15 West has changed hands since the 2011 flood.

(Brentt Nelson, Burlington Resident) "That was a once in a lifetime flood, apparently. When this house was built, it was built above the '69 flood stage so we thought it would be fine."

In 2011, trips were made by boat and eight pumps stationed around the ring levee were manned around the clock.

(Brentt Nelson, Burlington Resident) "We figured it might get a little high, but everybody is saying that this is how the two years ago flood started. So we're pretty nervous."

Brentt is watching the forecast --- and watching the water rise.

(Brentt Nelson, Burlington Resident) "If this thing comes up another five feet we're in trouble."

An excavator is on stand by ready to move a clay levee into place.

Brentt's criteria to set that plan in motion is uncomfortably close.

(Brentt Nelson, Burlington Resident) "When the water is in the back yard... Which it already is."

Near Burlington, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

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Sandbag materials are available in Burlington, Carpio, Sawyer, Minot and Ward County.

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