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Published March 14, 2013, 03:44 PM

Churchs Ferry Residents Fight Flooding

Years of flooding have resulted in the population of the community of Churchs Ferry to dwindle to just six people. Those who've stayed say they're determined to keep fighting the effects of the flood as the spring runoff nears.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Years of flooding have resulted in the population of the community of Churchs Ferry to dwindle to just six people. Those who've stayed say they're determined to keep fighting the effects of the flood as the spring runoff nears.

People in Churchs Ferry say the biggest challenge the town faces is keeping access open. The owners of local businesses say it's vital to keep the remaining roads into town open. An expected two foot rise in lake levels this year has the potential to cause road problems. But the biggest issue is the railroad grade raise. The project has the department of transportation considering permanently closing the nearest access point from highway two. Mayor Paul Christenson says he's committed to staying in Churchs Ferry and fighting the proposed closure.

Christenson "If my business stays good and the water doesn't climb up too high I guess I'll be here. It's like the farmers in the area. I'm pretty well vested here too with my home and my business and those are hard things to walk away from."

Christenson also says he hopes the state is more proactive in removing water from Devils Lake. The mayor says the two outlet pumps could have run longer than they did last year.

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