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Published April 12, 2011, 10:14 AM

Law enforcement officials go door-to-door to provide peace of mind

Law enforcement is going door-to-door today in the Lake Shure development in the Harwood area. There is a small lake in the development, that's up to many homeowners front doors.

Harwood, ND (WDAY TV) - Cass County officials have been busy rescuing stranded families from their flood-bound homes. Boats and ATV's have been busy transporting people to dry land. Some have been stuck in their homes for up to a week or more.

Cass County is now trying to plan out an escape plan for each stranded home in case of emergency. To do so, they're asking folks to call in and get on a roster of at-risk properties.

PAUL LANEY - Cass County Sheriff: "Just give us your name and your number, how many people are in your residence, so we can keep track of you and just give us a better idea of where they're at."

To register yourself with the county, call 297-6000.

Law enforcement is going door-to-door today in the Lake Shure development in the Harwood area. There is a small lake in the development, that's up to many homeowners front doors.

It’s like a scene from the Magnificent Seven, plus one. Except these guys are riding in to town on 4-wheelers.

GREG DAWKINS - Cass County Sheriff Deputy: "You know there is a lot of folks still in crisis out here."

Greg Dawkins is among the 8 from the border patrol, Cass County Sheriff's and U.S Customs agents going door to door in Lake Shure. They are getting flood information out there, and making sure everyone has what they need to keep fighting back water.

STEVE OLSON – Homeowner: “No, I think they're doing a wonderful job. In fact they called this morning."

Steve and Kim Olson are one of many stuck with only one way in and one way out of town: A boat.

Steve Olson: "Yea, we are the lost island out here."

KIM OLSON – Homeowner: "We pretty much are, yep."

Each officer takes down names, phone numbers and any other information they will need in case of a rescue. They are trying to give these homeowners peace of mind that help, if they need it, will only be minutes away.

Kim Olson: "This is the first time anybody has come to check on us. Otherwise we pretty much have to fend for ourselves."

Pushing through 2 feet of water these guys know the fight to hold back water will not be easily won.

Greg Dawkins: "It’s definitely a battle out here."

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