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Published April 22, 2011, 04:02 PM

Floodwaters surround rural Kindred home

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - Those living outside of Kindred will spend this Easter weekend, fighting the high water that now surrounds their homes. Getting to work and school has become a challenge for families off any of the county and township roads in that part of rural Cass County.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

When Harry cause wants to head into town, it takes some pre-planning and a 4-wheeler willing to take on floodwaters. Those stakes mark the edge of the road so I know not to go past it.

“There's my weatherman, there.”

Outside his rural home, Harry's plastic pumpkin is the gauge for water levels. Water that now has broken out from the Sheyenne and surrounds him.

“I call this Alcatraz, you know.”

A lawn chair marks the spot of the family's summer garden. And while the home is still dry, the Cose family jokes they never dreamed of so much property with lake views. But this is their rural life they won't give up.

“Go with the flow.”

“We keep joking about having a BBQ out on the road.”

For the next few days, more water, not less, is expected to come overland from the Sheyenne meaning families have to be ready for the long haul.

“I love it out here. I do.”

“I love it, gotta get that water out and my garden in.”

But the Cose family is taking it all in stride. They know it could be days before the levels drop. In the meantime, the will use 4-wheelers or a boat to get back and forth from their home, now an island.