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Published August 02, 2011, 06:26 PM

High water frustrates farmers, business owners

Geneseo, ND (WDAY TV) - Because of our rains, parts of the region have unplanned waterways. This should be our dry time of the year. We are close to harvest. Instead near Lidgerwood, North Dakota, home and business owners near the Wild Rice are battling what most of us see in the spring.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Because of our rains, parts of the region have unplanned waterways. This should be our dry time of the year. We are close to harvest. Instead near Lidgerwood, North Dakota, home and business owners near the Wild Rice are battling what most of us see in the spring.

Charissa Rubey – Dakota Micro: “This is our back yard.”

Charissa Rubye can't remember seeing the Wild Rice come flowing through her backyard.

Rubey: “It means shipping is delayed, employees having a tough time getting to work.”

That's right, the same driveway and county road used by delivery drivers, and workers here at Dakota Micro Camera business, is under... And in some parts washed out.

Tracy Lien – Detoured Worker: “About 12 more miles have to leave 15 minutes earlier than normal.”

It is not just the high water but the family just finished dealing with two recent wind storms that devastated trees in their yard surely a summer of discontent.

The unusual high water this time of year brought one surprise. Around these parts, there are more frogs than people.

There are nearby farm fields that progressed well all growing season, but are now under several inches of water, as overland water from the Wild Rice spreads out.

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