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Flooding Hits Rural Walsh County

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  It could be touch and go for some folks in Walsh County over the next 24 hours.

  The Park and Forest Rivers are expected to crest in Grafton and Minto by Tuesday morning, 35-miles northwest of Grand Forks.

  In western Walsh County the Park River has overflowed its banks and it's closing rural roads.  All this water is headed ten-miles east into Grafton. But, before the water gets to Grafton, even Walsh County Emergency Manager, Brent Nelson found himself in a flood fight. Nelson's home, along with a handful of other rural homes and farmsteads in this area are being threatened by the Park River.

Brent Nelson, Walsh Co. Emergency Manager: "Hopefully… as long as everything holds I think we should be in good shape. We've got a couple little spots we're doctoring up here and then hopefully, we'll get a bubble past here and we'll be in good shape."

  Ten miles east, over in Grafton, the clay levees are in place and expected to handle the water, when it arrives.

Brent Nelson, Walsh Co. Emergency Manager: "The City of Grafton had the Corps in… we've had a lot of time to prep and get the levees in place. they should be in a good position."

  Nine miles south of Grafton in Minto, the high water from the Forest River is expected to arrive by Tuesday morning.  Folks in low lying areas already have their home protected to a level of 9-feet. The river is forecast to crest at 8.5 feet.

Sam Shutt, Minto: "Yep, it should be happening by Tuesday morning. If their prediction holds true, we're maybe only looking at a 12-hour window with water on the roads down here. So, not too bad."

  While it's still touch and go in a few areas here, the worst of it should have rolled through on its way to the Red by Wednesday.

 Seventeen miles east of Minto, along the Red River at Oslo, roads in and out of that town remain above water. It's still questionable whether flood water will isolate Oslo.

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