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Published March 22, 2010, 02:45 PM

Oslo From The Air: An Island

The Red River at Oslo has turned many rural homes into islands and it's made it difficult for some to get to and from their homes. The river is sitting 37.79 feet there now just short of last year's 38.19 foot record. It could stay that way for a week or more.

Like any other day Brad Johnson is heading to his house, just 3 miles east or Oslo. But today is different. He's floating over the road in a boat in stead of rolling in a truck. That's because his house is one of seven in rural Oslo that's now an island home thanks to the rising river.

Brad Johnson: "I knew I bought my home in the flood zone, it really doesn't bother me too much."

This is the second year in a row his rural home has become an island paradise. This is what his front yard looks like today, not the usual farm land. Johnson says he knew it was coming.

Brad Johnson: "Last year we didn't have any power, make sure there's enough gas, generators are ready to go, all pumps are going, and keep a lot of food and water. That's about it."

The good news for Brad Johnson is this year is the water is six inches lower than last year. But it's still right up to the edge of his dike where I'm standing now. And out there in some spots it's more than four feet deep.

Floating over the farmland you can see Brad's house isn't the only island home. His neighbor Tim Solem is facing much of the same. His house has been this way since late last week.

Tim Solem: "It's a little bit of an inconvenience, you can't drive in or out of your own house, but we make the best of it and cruise around in our boats."

It's not just Solem who's up to his neck in water this year. These deer don't seem to like it too much either, but Solem says it's part of living here and you grow to expect it.

Tim Solem: "It's not that bad, we try to have fun with it, I have to take some time off from work."

The water is expected to remain high in Oslo through the weekend.