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Published March 04, 2010, 10:11 AM

Small community to be fully protected from overland flooding

Abercrombie, ND (WDAY TV) - We all remember the pictures from Abercrombie, North Dakota 1-year ago. Overland flooding and 2-rivers threatened the town. This year, the town will be ready and soon, fully protected.

"We've got an elevation in the ground this way, so…”

The plans have been marked: a levee, three football fields in length, running along the south side of this small community.

KEVIN BERNIER/MAYOR OF ABERCROMBIE: "We're anticipating the Wild Rice coming across and coming into our back door again."

Right now, the city of Abercrombie really only has one side left of town to build up so that it's fully protected. And already, crews have cleared out areas just south of these homes so they can put in a two foot dike.

DAVID HAMMOND/ABERCROMBIE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: "We've been talking about this all winter. We started last summer and we knew this would happen."

The city still needs Army Corps. approval to move forward, but along with those preps, a different kind of "snow moving" across town. Here on the north side of town, crews have already cleared out massive amounts of snow, so once the snow melts; it can run freely through culverts and into the Red River.

HAMMOND: "This year we're starting way early because we get a rain now or something we're going to be in big trouble."

City officials say they don't want to run into the same problem they faced last year: the sewer system inundated with overland flood waters. And they hope this year's land raising and clearing will do the job. The city is still waiting for approval from the Army Corps. They hope to get that in the next couple days and start building the dike next week.