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Published April 29, 2013, 09:06 PM

Cass County cuts flood resources

(WDAY TV) -- Whether or not flood levels decline, your tax dollars are on the line. And that's something Cass County officials say they're taking seriously.

(WDAY TV) -- Whether or not flood levels decline, your tax dollars are on the line. And that's something Cass County officials say they're taking seriously.

For the most part the Red River is still in its banks and there's no overland flooding. That's something the county says they're aware of and they want to save money, so they're going to cut resources.

Paul Laney/Cass County Sheriff: "Whether it's through our county tax dollars or our state tax dollars we have a responsibility to our citizens to be very frugal and responsible with their tax dollars."

Cass County Sheriff - Paul Laney, says they've suspended any requests from the federal government and also called off the customs and border patrol.

Laney: "Right now we're running just with the cass County air boats, the game and fish air boats that are attached to us from the state of North Dakota and then a helicopter that is here from the state to cover the whole Red River corridor."

As flood predictions continue to decline, many volunteers and homeowners have spent hours prepping their homes from a flood...and at this point, for what? Many sandbags still sit on pallets and residents are at a standstill, but not Sharon Kaseman. Her home - in the Chrisan neighborhood - flooded in 2009.

Sharon Kaseman/Chrisan resident: "When the county tells us it's going to be bad and they bring us the sandbags, well we take that serious."

3 to 4,000 some sandbags later, a day of 40 volunteers and Kaseman's home is protected. While some people may view it as a waste of time considering flood levels are low, Kaseman has a different point of view.

Kaseman: "Loss of work, loss of other people working, they donated their time and took vacation to come. You can look at it that way, but for me, the commaraderie and protecting what belongs to us and taking care of what God has given us there is a lot to be said for that."

Sheriff Laney says he'll continue to scale back on workers as need be.

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