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Published April 07, 2011, 11:51 AM

Crews raise the Georgetown dike to a comfortable level

Georgetown, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Crews and volunteers worked feverishly today, adding two feet of muscle and comfort to the dike that rings the entire Clay County village of Georgetown, just north of Moorhead. Conditions and bad luck made the job a challenge.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

They won't be playing baseball anytime soon in Georgetown. Caterpillars dug up and scraped away dirt, searching for clay gumbo that would top the dike built here in 1998.

TRACI GOBLE - Georgetown Mayor: “Our dike is at the level of 97 and we maybe have 6 inches beyond that and that is not enough.”

But before crews could go in and lay clay on top of the dike they had to go in and remove snow from the winter. This is Cathy Whitthoeft's first flood. She just moved to Georgetown from Alaska.

CATHY WITTHOEFT – Georgetown: “Anxious, yeah, anxious you do not know when you go to sleep how high it will be when you get up.”

“We want everyone to feel safe and secure we are going to give them that extra comfort zone.”

The dike is the only thing protecting her home from acres of water now right outside her front door. It is beach-front property getting a little more cushion and protection from the water.

Contractors are expected to work into the night to lay the 2-feet of clay on top of the Georgetown ring dike.