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Published April 08, 2011, 03:46 PM

Harwood families forced to use boats to get to work and school

Harwood, ND (WDAY TV) - Fishing boats got water-tested a little early in a rural Harwood neighborhood. In order for some to get to school and work today, families in the Lake Shure development relied on prop power to get out of the flood.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

With water rushing over their neighborhood road, Chad Larson loaded up his wife, Denise and son, Austen for a trip across the water to dry land. Denise is on her way to Microsoft and Austen, school in West Fargo.

DENISE LARSON - Going to Work by Boat: “Wasn't bad actually. A nice ride as long as we avoided the moving ice chunks, we had a good ride.

AUSTEN LARSON - Going to School by Boat: “Not the most fun, but different than everyone else.”

CHAD LARSON - Piloting Boats: “A lot of them keep them next to the house, kind of looks like a lot of fishermen in the neighborhood. A lot of fishing boats, but it works well.”

Water has come up before in the Lake Shure development, but overnight everything moved quickly. Ice chunks and water flowing over their road.

And so they came by the boatload today, 7th grader Christine and her sister Michaela, who because of the flood will get ready for her weekend prom in town, not at home. She's not sure her date would come get her in a Lund.

MICHAELA HOPPE - Going to Prom: “I don't want to boat out in a prom dress and hair. It would be a mess.”

It is this sudden surge at Lake Shure where the community knows what it is like to support each other when water cuts them off. The Lake Shure development has about ten boats that are being used to ferry students to school and others to work.