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Fighting Flash Flooding

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High water problems are continuing in the region.

Especially in areas where heavy weekend rains are running off into streams and rivers.

One of the hardest-hit areas is near Antler, where the border crossing station had to be evacuated yesterday.

And, as Jennifer Kleen reports, it's also where a local resident had to scramble to fight the flood.

Neighbors were familiar with lending a hand back in 1916 when Mark Jorgensen's great grandparents built their home on the banks of Antler Creek.

Almost 100 years later, those helping hands are still important.

(Mark Jorgensen, Antler Resident) "I couldn't have done it without them. We wouldn't have saved the house."

Antler Creek flooded outside its banks Tuesday morning.

(Mark Jorgensen, Antler Resident) "About six o'clock there was no water. I started getting ready for work and about an hour and a half later it started pouring into the yard very fast."

Jorgensen's call for help was a little different from yester-year.

(Mark Jorgensen, Antler Resident) "I put out a post on Facebook and it wasn't too long and I had a big crew of people here."

About 30 people brought machinery of all kinds.

(Mark Jorgensen, Antler Resident) "And we just worked worked worked."

In about four hours, the Jorgensen home was protected by a levee two feet tall.

12218 (Mark Jorgensen, Antler Resident) "I moved in here in 1996 and it's flooded a few times but never like this. My great grandparents bought this property in 1916 and that's when the house was built. It only flooded one time before now and that was 1969. At that time it was due to the road, the culverts couldn't handle the water, so this is by far a bigger volume of water."

Antler Creek runs state side for just a short time.

It's fed by water coming out of the Moose Mountains and it joins up with the Mouse River downstream in Manitoba.

12219 (Mark Jorgensen, Antler Resident) "I can see there are signs that it is slowly receding so it's just a matter of as long as the power stays on and we keep the sump pumps going, hopefully it will be okay."

And his neighbors will be sure of it, even in high water.

In Antler, Jennifer Kleen, KX News.


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