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Cass County Preparing for Significant Flooding

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As Fargo-Moorhead leaders prepare for the mighty red to rise, Cass County leaders are also in emergency mode. The county is preparing for the possibility of significant damage, which could end up be thousands of dollars worth at this point.

Lake Shure near Harwood was under water in 2010.  A neighbor there says every time it has flooded, they've had to boat to and from their home, and says she's worried the same thing will happen this year.

Those who live in Lake Shure could only get there by boat access in 2010. That year the red hit 37 feet, there's a 50 percent chance of higher than 38 feet already for this year.

You can see why the county is worried. Cass County leaders will begin preparations in coming days.  They will be talking about the possibility of emergency clay levees and will hold flood meetings for rural areas, and sandbagging operations will begin shortly as well.

Cass County Administrator Keith Berndt says, "We estimate approximately 500,000 sandbags to protect to a 38 foot level. Every foot beyond that 38 foot level that number goes up by almost geometrically. So we will have a lot of preparation to do."

At levels over the 38 feet, the number of sandbags needed could approach 1 million. There is an emergency meeting with Cass County Commissioners Friday afternoon where decisions on county preparations including meeting times and sandbag operations should be discussed. They are also expected to take action on an emergency flood declaration.

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