Grand Forks has their hands tied, struggling to keep homes from flooding

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- People in Grand Forks continue to have their hands tied. After heavy rain a couple of weeks ago, many are still trying to keep water from seeping into their homes. Now some of them are worried that it's only going to get worse.

"The water was just seeping through some of these cracks here," said Grand Forks Homeowner Michael Almquist.

Almquist is one of many in Grand Forks fighting this battle.

Each time it rains, his basement floods.

"Sadly, whatever we sucked up, moments later, it would just seek back up," said Almquist.

People have been pumping water out of their homes since the first flood two weeks ago.

"I got up, I think in the middle of the night, and then I thought 'geez something's running,' and the sump pumps started," said Linda Roth from Grand Forks.

Dehumidifiers and fans are always running, which are doubling electric bills.

For Michael's family, it's going to cost them about $4,000 to fix their home.

"Never been to Menards or Lowes so much in my life, so it's been pretty stressful," said Almquist.

That stress may continue with a storm front pushing their way later this week, which could bring more rain and possibly heavy snow.

"It could get worse before it gets better, and another concern that I have is that you have all this water in the soil there, and the cold season is upon us, really soon," said Hutch Johnson Chief Meteorologist. "So if that gets frozen into the ground, that's not a good ingredient for spring flooding."

Right now, people in Grand Forks are waiting.

"To go through the third round of this would be, you know, beyond exhausting," said Almquist.

The city wants people to check their sump pumps and to make sure that they're running outside and not running into another drain in their home.

The Salvation Army is still giving out flood kits.

For information on where you can get those, visit their Facebook page @GrandForksSA