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Published March 22, 2013, 07:15 PM

The 2013 Flood Fight has already begun for some residents

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Some people living in "High-risk" areas of the county are already busy preparing for flood waters. From snow-blowing to making sure their dikes are in place. The fast action is in full swing.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Some people living in "High-risk" areas of the county are already busy preparing for flood waters. From snow-blowing to making sure their dikes are in place. The fast action is in full swing.

McAllister: "The whole inside of my lot here looked like an island."

Mark McAllister's yard may be snow covered now, his own dikes still hidden far beneath.. But his worries are rising with the flood forecasts.

McAllister: "Everywhere is underwater. There's just water everywhere. The fields are full of water, the roads are covered with water."

Just feet from the Sheyenne, many homes in this rural part of cass get hit harder than any other.. Water levels in floods like '09 reaching up and surrounding houses.

McAllister "There's over 500 households and there's almost 17-hundred people, and almost all of them are affected by the flood."

Making access impossible, sometimes for six to eight weeks at a time.

In the Lake Shure neighborhood near Harwood.. The last fight went on for 40 days. So with the threat of another...

Linnertz "The best word is discouraged."

Tom Linnertz is busy making sure he and his home are both ready.

Linnertz "Usually when the water starts coming over County Road 17, we've got about six hours."

So he has to act quick... Fixing the snow blower and clearing a path mark his first steps. All the while thinking back to years when the only way out of the homes in his neighborhood was by boat.

Linnertz "The concern you get during the flood is what if? If we have a fire out here, we've got no protection."

FEMA has agreed to pay for a 300-foot long bridge near the Lake Shure neighborhood.. That will make access during floods a lot easier.

Construction should start next spring.

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