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Published October 15, 2013, 05:50 PM

Soil cannot absorb all the Fall rain, may result in flooding next Spring

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - We had similar Fall weather in 2008 that lead to a spring flood in '09. Will history repeat itself?

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - We had similar Fall weather in 2008 that lead to a spring flood in '09. Will history repeat itself?

This much rain means the soil can't absorb as much, and that could contribute to flooding next Spring.

But what happens throughout winter and spring will make the real difference.

Unrelenting rain has left Don Krassin's lawn underwater.

Don Krassin- Wahpeton Resident: "The water collects in the lawn and evaporates or soaks in but it takes a while."

Here in Wahpeton the steadily falling rain has been the first test of a recently completed stormwater project.

Don Wald- Water & Sewer Foreman: "We are getting to see how it is working."

Meanwhile, out here in these beet fields, it's been a waiting game for crops to dry.

This is already the 15th wettest Fall on record, and it is only halfway through the season.

Daryl: "Now the soil is completely saturated."

Some are comparing this Fall's weather to the Fall of 2008.

But that is not a guarantee that a record spring flood like the one in 2009 will follow.

For instance, the wet Fall of 2004 did not result in a big flood for 2005.

Winter snow and spring rain are the biggest factors for that.

Daryl: "It will not cause a flood but could enhance a possible flood."

Regardless of what it might mean in the months to come, many have simply had enough rain for now.

Krassin: "We always need rain but it's a little much right now."

Another wet Fall was in 1998, but in 1999 the river barely went above flood stage.

So, while it can make a flood worse, it doesn't mean it will happen.

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