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Published March 29, 2011, 10:26 AM

Horace farmer builds ring dike after tough 2009 flood fight

Horace, ND (WDAY TV) - One look across our fields and ditches full of snow, it's no wonder many in the rural areas are preparing to battle water. For some in the country, that means protecting 4-legged pets as well. Many learned lessons from the flood of 2009.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

On a quaint, quiet farm near Horace, Snyder Gokey and his family have their little piece of rural tranquility, which includes four legged family friends: Their horses.

The Gokeys recently put in a ring dike that now surrounds the farm. It is a lesson learned from the 2009 flood, when the Gokeys had to evacuate their horses, water swamping the farmyard.

SNYDER GOKEY - Built Ring Dike around Farm: “And we moved them out and it flooded the next day. And we had water in here for about 3 months. It was amazing.

Then there is the psychology and resiliency of dealing with the flood. The Gokeys, like so many others who have battled water, simply have to look at their ditches full of snow to realize what is to come.

Snyder: “And I feel for the people who don't have protection because it is terrible, stressful.”

The Gokeys now feel secure inside the ring dike. It is some peace of mind, going into the next few weeks of uncertainty. The Gokeys' ring dike is about 12-hundred feet long.