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Published April 26, 2013, 03:07 PM

North Dakota flooding will hit rural residents before city

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Officials in rural areas outside of Fargo say the Red River Valley flooding will impact residents in the county faster than in the middle of the city.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Officials in rural areas outside of Fargo say the Red River Valley flooding will impact residents in the county faster than in the middle of the city.

Cass County Commission Chairman Vern Bennett says the rural areas will "start having problems" when the Red River reaches 28 feet. It was measured at about 22 feet Friday afternoon.

Several tributaries flow into the Red River in Cass County.

Bennett says the county has 600 miles of roads and 300 bridges, many of which will be inundated in the next few days. He says residents should not attempt to drive on roads covered by water.

Bennett says people who drive around barricades face a $250 fine.

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