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Waiting For The Crest

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As the Red River in much of the Valley continues to rise, many areas were overtaken by water just over night.

The city is done sandbagging, the clay dikes are almost completely built, and now we wait for the water. 

Waiting,  that's exactly what Mark Johnson and his pal Harriet are doing. They've been trying to track the rising river, by placing marks at the waters edge

"Kind of mapping how it goes up day by day, to note where the rivers edge is in the morning and then again in the evening again to compare, but lately I haven't even been able to find my markers I've left, they've just been going up so fast really it's just been ineradicable." Mark says.

He isn't the only one trying to track the rise...

"Well we put sticks out right at the edge of the river down by the library here, where you can go underneath all the train tracks and the bridges," says Pat Remitz, "we did that yesterday afternoon and you can't even see it now."

The Red in our F-M area has been following the National Weather Services forecast, Sunday we hit major flood stage. Which has caused more bridges and roads to be closed. 

And it's still on a rising trend, but some residents still have positive attitudes. 

"I think it's kind of cool! Every year it's different, every year it changes." say Pat. And Mark agrees.

"It's a beautiful landscape you know, and it's interesting to watch the water change." Mark says.

But many homeowners are on edge, waiting for the crest, and hoping their protection will hold up.

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