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Published April 13, 2011, 10:18 PM

Oslo Residents Used to Island Living

The Red at Oslo is at right at 38 feet Wednesday evening. The weather service graph said that is where it should level off by Thursday. The bad news is it is going to stay that high for awhile, leaving Oslo virtually isolated.

The Red at Oslo is at right at 38 feet Wednesday evening. The weather service graph said that is where it should level off by Thursday. The bad news is it is going to stay that high for awhile, leaving Oslo virtually isolated.

A boat ride into town is pretty typical this time of year. An airboat shuttle service spends the morning and evenings navigating through flood waters.

Flooded roads are not an issue, because like Christopher Lloyd said in Back to the Future, "Where we're going, we don't need roads."

"We know it's going to be an island here," said Karen Cote, Oslo's Clerk and Treasurer.

The airboat is the only way to bring people and supplies into Oslo where the river level is at 38-feet and rising.

The two roads into town are closed and water covers the ditches and fields surrounding the now isolated town.

If you ask the people in Oslo about it, this is the typical answer.

"It's just a yearly thing. It's just another season."

For the third year in a row. This week a group of 100 people have already temporarily moved out of town and another group has moved in - The National Guard. The guard are working to help this town prepare for what could come.

"We don't know if there is going to be an evacuation. We'll be ready if that does happen," said Sgt. John Cervantes.

"Hectic is the best way to describe it," said Mayor Scott Kosmatka.

Kosmatka said temporary levees are in place and will protect Oslo up to 42-feet. Still, morning meetings and monitoring river levels make the flood fight far from the typical nine to five.

Scott: " A whole lot of dike patrolling 24 hours a day, the EOC 24 hours a day..those are the main concerns now," said Kosmatka.

Brady: Oslo is almost through its first week as the only island in North Dakota and could expect more weeks depending on when the river crests.

"It's getting old," said Kosmatka.

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