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Published March 21, 2010, 10:15 PM

Lower Crest But Still A Lot Of Water

While lower crest levels come as a relief to many, the Red River is plenty high to cause hardships for those living close to it without protection.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

As water rushes over township roads just north of Manvel, the Hattton family is using a tractor to plow through the water.

Luke Hatton / "Usually when Grand Forks gets to be towards 46-feet the Red River usually starts to spill over the road pretty when."

Luke Hatton is driving this makeshift fairy, getting his two younger brothers from the house to their Grandpa's pickup. They will stay with him so they easily get to school in Manvel tomorrow morning.

It's a repeat of last year's process.

Luke Hatton/ "Waiting game we are just waiting. Last year it was several weeks. This year I'm thinking its going to be less, but yeah."

Closer to Grand Forks, the Red is more contained. But just a week ago nobody knew what the river would do. people got ready..

Ann Flower/ North Of Grand Forks "Everything prepared in case we had to dike again this year. But we have been watching the river levels and it became obvious it was going to level lower then that. "

Frank Matejcek lives about a mile north of Grand Forks. He has 200 cattle on his ranch.

Frank Matejcek/ Rancher "Still took the same precautions, Because you don't know what it going to be. and this year so far we moved out 30 cow calf pairs, rest are here until we see what happen. "

Last year Frank had to move all his cattle when the river crested at over 49 feet. He likes what he is hearing about the new lower crest predictions, but even with three less feet of water then last year, it's still is going to be a while before pastures dry out.

Frank Matejcek/ Rancher "Really nice because it blocks from the winter wind. Its a really nice place to winter cattle. But as soon as water comes up we have a problem."