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Published April 20, 2013, 06:10 PM

Many areas in town have better protection than they did in 2009

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- As the flood approaches, many areas in town and out of town have better protection than they did in 2009.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- As the flood approaches, many areas in town and out of town have better protection than they did in 2009.

There are now about 14.5 more miles of permanent levees in Fargo.

But for seven homeowners just outside of town, it's the same flood fight year after year.

Steve Syrdal has lived with his family in Chrisan Estates since 1987.

In The last five years, the Red River has threatened his home nearly every Spring.

This year, sandbags delivered from Cass County sit, ready in his driveway.

Steve Syrdal- Resident Along River: "You know, we've been through this several times. So, most of us have a reasonable plan in place."

His neighbors just across the street don't have nearly the same problem.

In a few days, this road will be turned into a clay dike to protect houses on this side of the road from the flood. But for the seven houses on this side, next the river, the next few weeks have a lot of work in store.

There were once 12 houses here.

In 2009, five of them flooded…. Leaving what some call "The Chrisan Seven."

Russ Richards- Resident Along River: "In 2010, most of us built these permanent/temporary walls to cut down the number of bags. Now, I need about a thousand to 1,500 to secure my home."

But here, neighbors help each other.

Even those on the protected side of the clay dike lend a hand to the Seven.

Syrdal: "The volunteerism is terrific. Everybody works together and shares what they don't need to those who do."

Steve and Russ say they and their neighbors are open to a buyout to build permanent flood protection.

But for now, they're still sandbagging.

Steve and Russ say one of the hardest things about the clay dike is the fact that it blocks off their houses.

They have to park on the other side, and it can be difficult to move heavy equipment in.

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