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City of Fargo Tightens Grip on Right-of-Entry Forms

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The city of Fargo is showing signs of frustration as it looks to continue sandbagging behind homes.

There are still a handful of homeowners who have not signed "Right of Entry" forms. They allow volunteers on their property to build dikes.

The city wants to get flood preparations done by Monday, and the holdouts could compromise the entire neighborhood if the water would get high enough.

In Oak Creek, Steve Kruger is one of the homeowners who has not signed. "I think we don't need to panic like the city has been for the last I don't know, month and a half," he says.

It is not that he is against the forms or people coming on his property. "I'm very optimistic that the water will not get above 37 feet personally."

"They wanna go down that way (further from the house), but if we go to the point on the stake closer to my house you can see where the 40 feet is. That's two sandbags high."

Where the city wants to dike is a far cry from Kruger's home.

"They're going at a 38 foot crest, that's here, my house it won't even run over the highest point in my yard," he adds.

But the city does not see it that way.

Fargo City Commissioner Tim Mahoney says, "If it doesn't even hit the sandbags, we take that as a blessing, but we wanna be prepared."

Late Friday morning leaders stepped in.

"They gave me an ultimatum that either I sign the right of way or they'll come in, and they'll TrapBag me," says Kruger. He had until Friday afternoon to decide before the city decided for him.

Kruger says he things he will sign the form simply because he does not want heavy equipment coming in and tearing up his yard.

Volunteers will start laying sandbags in the Oak Creek neighborhood Saturday.

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