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Red River Causing Road Closures, Leaving People Stranded

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Gerald Swenson has seen the Red at it's worst.

In 2009, this was an aerial shot of his property, surrounded by water.

This year the water may not be as high, but it's still causing some trouble.

"We go up to our church by boat," says Swenson.

A levee surrounds his home that he's lived in all of his life.

And he says all though the water's been high, he's always been able to keep his home dry.

"It was up to the road three years ago," says Swenson.

Gerald is used to watching the water by his home and that's why he's placed this stick here. He says in the past twelve hours the water's already gone up 12 inches.

"This is way down," says Swenson.

But for his neighbor,

"He can't get out for a while," says Swenson

the red river has barricaded him in.

"Right now he's stranded," says Swenson.

Swenson says he's getting use to a view like this.

And is just happy that this year, despite a few closed roads, the water won't bring to many problems

like it has in years past.

"We were stuck here for 7 weeks in 1997," says Swenson.

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