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Published April 17, 2011, 10:10 AM

Minnesota residents surrounded by water stay put

Oslo, Minn. (WDAY TV) - We've told you the stories of people fleeing the flood, but tonight, being surrounded by water doesn't stop some from staying put, even with high water lasting several weeks.

By: Lezlie Johnson, WDAZ

With all roads leading into Oslo, Minnesota covered by the raging Red River, it can be difficult for people like Heather Holter to get around.

HEATHER HOLTER – Homeowner: “Last year I left for a couple days, every now and then I need to leave for a couple days. I go to school.”

Holter goes to school in East Grand Forks, more than 20 miles away. That's after taking an airboat over deep water.

Heather: “I talk to all my professors and everything’s all in line. So that's really nice.”

Nearly 1-hundred of the 3-hundred-50 people that live here in Oslo have left because of closed roads. People who stay worry about what it will do to the community.

SANDRA SIMONSON - Oslo City Council Member: “It makes a big impact, it impacts the stores. You know like Dahlstrom Motors for example. You can't boat in people to buy a car if they can't drive it out. It doesn't work.”

After 3 springs of being cut off from surrounding areas, many here just deal with the flooding because of their love of the small town.

Heather: “It's the niceness of the community, helping out if I can, visiting with people around town.”

Sandra: “We went to North Carolina, we went everywhere before we decided where to relocate and came right back to Oslo.”