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Published April 14, 2011, 09:40 AM

Residents near Oxbow spend another spring boating from home

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Rising waters are headed north of Fargo and now a homeowner to the south is wondering when the flood waters will go north, too. People near the Wild Rice River say they're seeing unprecedented flooding this year.

Taking a boat ride to get from the house to the nearest road is nothing new for families just north of Oxbow, but none of them has done it for more than a couple of days until this year.

It's yet another boat day for Bud Nordic and his son Jimmy.

BUD NORDICK - Boating Home: "Right now it's just too deep for a vehicle yet."

Dropping the old duck boat into the water and cranking that small engine is the only way to get in and out of their home. I tried to convince them that the ride is fun, even serene, Bud agreed to disagree.

BUD NORDICK - Boating Home: "I was hoping it wouldn't go across the road at all but it did."

JIMMY NORDICK - Boating Home: "The first two days are kind of fun, but once it's cold out it get wavy it gets to be a hassle."

See It's the 3rd year in a row they've done this. In 2009 and 2010, it lasted about 2 to 3 days. This is day 7.

JIMMY NORDICK - Boating Home: "Now I'm tired of it, ready to get back to life."

BUD NORDICK - Boating Home: "If this gets keeps on, we got to get a bigger boat."

Bud will tell you there is one tiny positive to this year; the two built this boat ramp one afternoon.

"We'd put it in the back of a pick up. That got old and this is quicker."

Both guys work in Moorhead. The boat and round-about way to get into town adds about 30-minutes to their commute in each direction.