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Published April 19, 2013, 08:08 PM

Valley City officials have declared a flood emergency

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- While people in the Fargo area are concerned about flooding on the Red. Many forget about our neighbors west, left to battle the Sheyenne.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- While people in the Fargo area are concerned about flooding on the Red. Many forget about our neighbors west, left to battle the Sheyenne.

Valley City officials have declared a flood emergency. Ready to spring into action as soon as the melt speeds up.

A flood emergency is now hitting banks of the Sheyenne in Valley City.

Bob Werkhoven- Valley City Mayor: "We're ready for pretty much what comes. We don't want it to come."

There's a 50 percent chance of a 16.9 foot flood. Major flooding there sits at 17.

Concerning for people living right along the river's path.

Josue Hernandez- Lives by River: "After the snow from last week, that was a lot."

Werkhoven: "We're sitting real good right now as far as I'm concerned but of course things could happen and you think the world will come to an end, sometimes."

With the new flood predictions, many people can't help but think back to how high this water really was just two years ago."

Hernandez: "It was kinda scary, looking at the house."

This is the scene in 2011...with water tearing through town when the river level got to nearly 21 feet.

And in 2009, with a level of 20.69, it looked even worse, after major sewage problems.

Werkhoven: "That's all been remedied for the most part."

The city has worked to build up the river banks destroyed by erosion...

And tear down buyout homes that use to line Hernandez's street.

Hernandez: "Supposedly they're going to build a dike, but nothing yet."

But the city says as soon as it gets warmer and the melt picks up, everyone will see some action.

City officials say they will begin building dikes and sandbagging in a few weeks if necessary, depending on the melt.

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