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Published January 25, 2011, 03:53 PM

Flood Buyouts: Fargo family losing a home, but not the neighborhood

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As cities throughout the Valley prepare for spring flooding, last-minute home-buyout programs have families scrambling to pack up and move out of homes they've lived in for years. One family is losing a home, but not the neighborhood.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Along Southwood Drive in south Fargo, battling floods for the Baldwin family has turned them into dike building-river watching experts. Sandbags and pumps are a way of life in the spring of 97 and 09. So when news came recently…

DR. JERRY BALDWINMoving before Flood: “We received a letter in June and went into denial. And then we got realistic about it.”

That the city wanted to put the Baldwin home on the buyout list, it was tough. Here since the 70's, this is where the children grew up. This was home.

“We are boxing things now. It is bitter sweet, but it is reality.”

But rather than abandoning the neighborhood they've known for so many years, the Baldwins have decided to stay put, moving up and over 5 homes away.

“Well we are at an age if we moved to a different neighborhood, we would get lost. We like it too much here.”

The cardboard boxes are out, packing up years of memories is just ahead. And with so much of their lives invested in this house, they won't be here the day the city takes it down.