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Published April 13, 2011, 10:12 AM

Water and debris remain on parts of Interstate 29

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a cluttered mess: Corn stocks, debris and lots and lots of water. And it looks like Interstate-29 won't be opening any time soon.

It’s been three days since I-29 shut down north of Harwood and still, water and debris on the roadway are making this stretch of interstate impassable. It's changed a lot in the past few days.

ROBERT ARMAN - North Dakota State Patrol: “When we closed her down Sunday and we just started to close it down about 5:30, it was just chaos.”

Stretches of road look clear now, but still, ditches are full, shoulders covered. The State Patrol took us down parts of the interstate, that only hours ago were submerged. They say they haven't run into any problems with people trying to drive through, like they tend to try during the winter with ice and snow.

Arman: “People have been a little more tentative to obey the road closures here, but we've had them manned 24/7.”

Throughout the past week, the DOT has been using snowplows to push water back off the roads.

BRUCE NORD - ND Department of Transportation: “We've got some areas where we have a lot of erosion and we're hauling material in and putting that on the shoulders.”

The size of a football field, debris clusters now float only feet from the interstate. And with still a lot of work ahead, only time will tell when this impassable stretch of road becomes passable again.

Nord: “Once the water gets down far enough where we can get a look at those shoulders and we'll make a decision if we're fit to open.”

As always, drivers are encouraged to obey road barrier signs.

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