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Published August 18, 2011, 10:17 PM

Heavy South Dakota rains feed already swollen rivers

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A word of warning for people living on area rivers: A wall of water is headed our way. The more than 18 inches of rainfall has fallen on the South Dakota border in the last couple of weeks. What does it mean for our future ?

A word of warning for people living on area rivers: A wall of water is headed our way. The more than 18 inches of rainfall has fallen on the South Dakota border in the last couple of weeks. What does it mean for our future ?

The Red River here in Fargo-Moorhead has been above flood stage all but 4 days since the March 29th Spring melt. Summer rains have been relentless. Little relief seems to be in sight for the swollen rivers and saturated fields. It’s a vicious cycle many, are keeping an eye on.

For Rich and Carol Freeman, typically this time of year living on the Wild Rice is a thing of beauty, and not anything to worry about. But 18 days in to August, concern for spring is brewing.

Carol Freeman – Lives on Wild Rice: "Well, it just goes through my mind, its just Ohh crap".

Rich Freeman – Lives on Wild Rice: "Carol's worried. But I tell her it’s not to worry yet. Because you have to keep positive."

Why? The entire South East region of North Dakota including parts of South Dakota have seen 3 times the average amount of rain this year, sending all that water north up The Red, the Bois de Sioux and the wild rice.

Dave Rogness – Cass County Emergency Manager: "There's still very wet fields out there, the ditches that have water in them. So that obviously raises a concern for what were facing next spring."

Already city and county officials are talking Spring flood just like many living along the rivers.

Dave Rogness: "We've been getting initial discussions about starting out planning late fall early winter this year, and prepare for it."

The more than 18 inches of rain that fell in the past two weeks near New Effington, South Dakota will cause the Red to crest this Saturday at just over 20-feet. Adding weeks on to the already 123 days since March 29th its been above flood stage..

It is a little early to tell just what our spring will bring us. But with more rain likely in the forecast, the ground that's already saturated has little room to soak up rain. So for the Freemans they're keeping an eye on what's ahead

Rich Freeman: We’re still in August. We can still have two dry months before all drying is done."

The Red here in the metro is expected to crest this weekend then start falling next Thursday.

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