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Published September 23, 2010, 09:36 AM

Soggy community deals with yet another downpour

McLeod, ND (WDAY TV) - The ongoing downpour is wreaking havoc on an already soggy community in Ransom County battling high water. Frustrated homeowners in McLeod are dealing with an unprecedented problem after a decade of wet seasons.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

We first told you about the water trouble in McLeod in July. Now tonight, there is a much worse scene. Another nearly 2 inches of rain have left yards, ditches, and basements flooded with as much as a foot of water.

After hours of rain, homeowner Tim Kennedy does what many others would not. Wade through unsafe water in his yard. The McLeod man is showing just how bad life is here.

“It's depressing. It's frustrating. It's agonizing.”

The high water table in town has left a mess in Kennedy's basement, about six inches of water.

“You wash a load of clothes and you have standing water in the yard.”

Septic systems don't work right and you can't miss the smelly sewage water standing in town. Some lined with green scum and mold.

“We know it's not safe. We have to keep kids and grandkids and that sort of thing away from it.”

“There are things growing here that we've never had growing before.”

Sylvia Kensinger coughs all the time. She's been to a doctor.

“It's not a fun place to live anymore.”

But most people, struggling in town, refuse to leave; just like the water.

“It's our home. In the middle of the grasslands and my husband won't leave.”

What has become normal for most is what many of us couldn't imagine.

“I actually talked to my insurance agent today and said we'll actually be buying flood insurance again.”

County leaders have been jumping through hurdles to get a permanent fix. They want to build a drainage ditch, but crossing federal and state conservation land is holding up the solution. A grant would cover much of the cost.