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Trestle Valley Battles Overland Flooding

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The warm weather seemed to be short lived on Saturday, but the lasting effects of the quick melt are still lingering.

Thirty miles worth of run off from the snow packed hills winds up in Trestle Valley.

Jennifer Thorgramson tells us --- this year's flood fight is turning out to be worse than 2011 for homeowners beneath the trestle.

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Five feet of water in just three hours.

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That was the nightmare residents of Trestle View faced on Saturday night.

A battle neighbors say they have never witnessed before.

(Russ Krall, Trestle View Resident) "Not like this. We've had water close to the tops of the banks and stuff. Spring run off we can handle with pumps. But not like this. This came within an hour. It flooded the whole place.

(Brian Amundson, Trestle View Resident) "My neighbor got five feet of water in his basement and some of the septic systems are flooded out in the houses around here. Five feet in three hours I guess."

CTI brought equipment to dig a trench through Krall's yard.

UMCOR and United Methodist Disaster Recovery has been supplying the area with pumps --- an item Amundson says you can't find to rent right now.

(Brian Amundson, Trestle View Resident) "It was done before we knew what was happening."

(Russ Krall, Trestle View Resident) "It comes from 30 or 40 miles south in the Gasman coulee and then it comes from Des Lacs too which is 20 to 30 miles west off the hills. And it all comes through the valley here."

(Brian Amundson, Trestle View Resident) "It's just too much too fast. With no where to go."

Both Amundson and Krall have lived in Trestle View since the 80's.

Krall says he'd like to see the channel dredged and maintained.

But for the 2013 flood, it's damage control.

(Russ Krall, Trestle View Resident) "You can see in the door, it was up past the window in the door by about a foot. It's gone down quite a bit since we opened that trench and we're pumping. But it takes a long time to get rid of the water that came in here."

(Brian Amundson, Trestle View Resident) "It's going to take awhile."

What happened in only hours late on a warm evening, one week later, still has the neighborhood loosing sleep.

From Trestle Valley, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

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