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Published May 25, 2010, 10:33 AM

Rural Cass County family battles flood waters after heavy rain

Page, ND (WDAY TV) - As if spring flooding wasn't enough, a rural Cass County family is fighting water again. This time it’s from heavy rains Monday night. The Satrom family lives just outside of Page, which is about a half mile from the Maple River, and now because of those heavy rains, the Maple is out of its banks and into the family's back yard.

Water is creeping closer to Greg Satrom's home. So close in fact, friends and family came out today to help build a sandbag dike around the house, to protect it.

“So we've got, got a couple feet around the house, so the house should be ok for now, hopefully.”

During this spring's flood, water didn't get this high. The fact that it's now slowly getting higher, and closer to the home, scares the Satrom family.

“Not been a real good day, not quite expecting this, this morning. Wake up to see it's above the dike just about.”

Not only is Greg's home in danger, so is the land he and his brother Richard farm. This was a field of wheat. It's now covered by feet of raging water. The brother's say it's now impossible to save. Over here is the field of corn. Most of it's gone now, but work is being done to try and pump the water out, to dry the seeds.

“It's a little sad when most of the fields were already planted. So, it's going to be a little rough.”

Water's being channeled in to a field across the road. It's just standing stalks right now. Greg had planned to put sunflowers in there this season, now it might not be possible.

“We were waiting for a good north wind to burn it, but we haven't had a chance yet. So, now I think we're probably out of luck this year.”

There's not much the Satroms can do to fix this unexpected flood, except wait, watch, and hope for sunny windy days to dry it all out.

“Yeah, we're looking at the calendar and it doesn't look really good right now, but we'll just have to get by.”

The Satroms say this is exactly the reason a bigger dam is needed for the Maple River, so farmers like them don't have to continually lose crops to summer flash floods.