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Published April 12, 2011, 08:40 AM

Quick Response Team saves an Enderlin farmstead from the unpredictable Maple River

A Cass County Quick Response Team was an Enderlin family's last chance to save their farmstead from an unexpected rise in water levels. It's the third year they've been plagued by flooding from the unpredictable Maple River.

Enderlin, ND (WDAY TV) - The Maple River is again proving to be unpredictable. Now, water is spilling over the Maple Dam near Enderlin, North Dakota. The Maple Dam is now releasing water at 45-hundred cubic feet per second.

Just two days ago, it was at 1-thosuand. Outflows are still lower than the inflow of the dam, which sits at 57-hundred cubic feet per second.

A Cass County Quick Response Team was an Enderlin family's last chance to save their farmstead from an unexpected rise in water levels. It's the third year they've been plagued by flooding from the unpredictable maple river.

As the Bartholomays take the long walk down the hill to their home, they can only imagine what's happened since they left this morning. In a matter of hours, roads into their home became washed out, collapsed and impassable.

MICHELLE MICKELSON - Friend and Neighbor: “They were pretty gung-ho on the fact they didn't think it was going to make a difference and all of a sudden this morning, yea it's a different story.”

Neighbors like Michelle Mickelson heard the news and came quickly to help stop the rising waters.

Mickelson: “I'm blown away; I'm just seeing this for the first time. The water has risen an unbelievable amount.”

The problem wasn't finding people to help; it was finding a way for those people to get where help was needed.

AMY WIESER WILLSON - National Guard Response Team: “The road was washing out very quickly and even as we've been here it's going very quickly and the vehicles are pretty large and heavy.”

The National Guard, along with the Bartholomay's hopped on a tractor to cross a flooded County Highway 7. They placed nearly 30 yards of sandbag protection.

The Bartholomay's did not want to speak on camera, but on the verge of tears, told us they never expected anything like this. Now, as cattle wade through the rising waters, after several scary hours, county engineers have deemed the house stable and dry.

Cass County engineers are hopeful water levels at the Maple River Dam will begin dropping in the next day.

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