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Published March 21, 2013, 09:46 PM

Residents of Harwood Groves neighborhood are worried about spring flood

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Harwood Groves in South Fargo was hit hard in 2010 and in 2011. The flood slammed the neighborhood back in ‘09.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Harwood Groves in South Fargo was hit hard in 2010 and in 2011. The flood slammed the neighborhood back in ‘09.

The neighborhood has been through this before. But this time around, homeowners say they just don't believe it's coming.

You could say, surprise and disbelief aren't that similar.

Gary Baune, Home Owner: "I think what they did over there, would protect us."

Here, in Harwood Groves, they're a lot closer than you might think. Gary Baune has seen flood after flood after flood.

Baune: "The students and the people in this community have really come forward over the years."

He's convinced our spring thaw, will lead to nothing more than a wet mess. But better ready for something rather than left with nothing.

Baune: "And if it means a little over kill, fine. A little over kill is good."

Just down the block and around the corner, Milt Lund, can see the Red River from his couch.

Milt Lund, Home Owner: "I think it's been five times we've had to sand bag since 2002."

He's had his fair share in the fight and can point out a flood, if it were coming. Lund says he'd be mighty surprised if it did.

Lund: "We're in a much better position, this year, if it did get up to as high as it did in 2009, to have a much better situation."

Baune, on the other hand, can't imagine a flood, not with only this much snow. But know if it does come...

Baune: "What I see across the street represents a tremendous amount of effort in terms of sand bags."

No, surprise and disbelief, they're not much alike. But you can find them at this crossroad, and only a dike away from the river.

Harwood Groves is just one of many neighborhoods like Oak Creek, Copperfield Court and Belmont Park that will all have to start thinking about sand bagging once the snow melts.

Here are the newest flood numbers from the National Weather Service.

There is a 50/50 chance the Red in Fargo-Moorhead will reach 38 feet. In Wahpeton, 17 feet. In Hickson,

37 feet.

The Buffalo River in Sabin has a 50 percent chance of reaching 17 feet. 10 feet in Hawley, and 23 and a half feet in Dilworth.

There's a 50/50 chance the Wild Rice will hit 25 feet in Abercrombie.

And a 50 percent chance the Sheyenne will reach 12 and a half feet in Valley City, 14 feet in Lisbon, 19 and a half feet in Kindred, 21 feet on the West Fargo diversion, and 889.4 at Harwood.