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Published April 26, 2013, 08:24 PM

2013 overland flooding will look much different than 2011

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Rural, overland flooding is unpredictable but officials say they do know this year will be much different than 2011.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Rural, overland flooding is unpredictable but officials say they do know this year will be much different than 2011.

You may remember 2 years ago, it was rural areas that fell victim to a relentless, drawn out flood, lasting nearly 2 months in spots.

Speaking of 2 years ago the crest coming on the Red River in Fargo this year looks very similar.

Fortunately, overland flooding looks nothing like that year.

2011 proved to be a brutal battle outside of Fargo. I-29 suddenly shutdown as water was gushing over the road, cornfields turned to the biggest lake we've ever seen in this area.

A community north of Fargo spent more than a month boating to their homes.

The Stanke family just west of West Fargo had emergency teams at their house 5 times battling the relentless rise. They even had to battle a fire while their home was surrounded by feet of water.

Shannan Stanke- Hoping for a Better Year: "It was rising, it kept rising and rising -- so they had to keep building up the bags."

The water stuck around at Shannon Stanke's home for 7 weeks that year, today not one sandbag thrown yet.

The county has personnel checking in daily at homes like the Stanke's. Officials say they're not sure how high the water will go here, but they do know it won't just sit; it'll come and go much faster this time around.

And it starts in much of Cass County this weekend.

Jason Benson- Cass County Engineer: "We still have some ditches plugged with snow and as those ditches open up that water will drain off so I think we'll see some changing conditions as this snow disappears."

2011 was remarkable because you had the Sheyenne and Maple rivers cresting at the same time as the Red, all of that water in between the rivers didn't have anywhere to go.

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