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Published April 16, 2013, 05:23 PM

Some in Clay County are becoming more concerned about flooding

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- In some rural areas of Clay County, flood concerns are rising as fast as the water levels.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- In some rural areas of Clay County, flood concerns are rising as fast as the water levels.

The Buffalo River south east of Sabin has already closed some roads, and is getting close to come homes.

Kurt Sogn- Lives Near Buffalo River: "Where the snow is off, that's where the water must have went over there."

Kurt Sogn is beginning to notice big changes.

Sogn: "It'll get worse than this."

Washing over roads and bringing signs of what's to come, to his long-time home near Sabin.

Sogn: "Oh there was hardly anything in here a month ago. The river was low."

But between Sunday and Monday, waters really picked up.

Sogn: "We've seen this before, where it comes up pretty quickly."

Some township roads in Clay County are already shut down due to high water, after levels on the Buffalo River jumped five feet in only a day.

LT. Bryan Green- Clay Co. Emergency Services Director: "It was really concerning because I got a call from river forecasters down in Chanhassen, Minnesota who told me to go up and check the gauge because they thought they had problems with the gauge."

But there wasn't a problem- instead, the water was just rising that quickly.

And with it, the threat of the oncoming spring flood.

Sogn: "We're hoping it warms up pretty soon so it doesn't get to be late and really comes in a hurry then."

Green: "we get a 60, 70 degree day, and it's going to come real fast. There's no doubt about that."

That's when more roads county wide, could wind up like this one.

The Buffalo is sitting at nearly an 11-foot flood stage right now. A major flood stage for the river is 19 feet.

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