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Published January 15, 2012, 08:47 PM

Bismarck is doing the unthinkable again... sandbagging

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- An ice jam flood warning is still effect for Burleigh and Morton Counties. The Missouri River has risen 7 feet since Friday.

By: Amber Shatz, WDAY

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- An ice jam flood warning is still effect for Burleigh and Morton Counties. The Missouri River has risen 7 feet since Friday.

It's appears to be leveling off at about 11 point 2 feet. Ice is believed to backing up in a channel near the University of Mary. But after record flooding in Bismarck/Mandan last summer, some homeowners aren't taking any chances. They are doing the unthinkable again. Filling sandbags.

Jim Mitzel (Southport Homeowner): "Sandbagging in June, 4, 5 months ago, thought that would be the last time I'd have to sandbag, I guess it's not."

He is just one south Bismarck resident with more sandbagging experience than he'd like...

Jim : "I text my son in Florida and told him about this, he called back right away and said is this a joke, I said no this is not a joke, this is the real thing, kind of hard to believe, what can you do."

Jim Mitzel and his other son Jason are filling around 90 sandbags this afternoon. They are going to sandbag the windows of his home in the Southport neighborhood.

Jim : "Knew he was coming up this weekend, he didn't know he'd be sandbagging, I didn't either!"

Jason Mitzel (Fargo) : "Talked to my dad on Friday he said 4 feet or something like that, came up at nighttime, probably 11 o'clock got here, and all of a sudden, I said dad that's more than four feet, he said yeah no kidding, more like 9,10 feet, went pretty quick."

Jim : "Our house is right on the banks of the river, so we're looking at it every minute."

A lot of people have been monitoring the ice and the rising river.

Bringing back a lot of memories, from not too long ago.

Brian Bjella (Fox Island) : "The water's coming up around the powerbox and we lost power last summer during flood, don't want to lose power again, obviously with a freeze coming."

Brian: "We're actually not living in the house, we got flooded out last summer so came out and checked on it, and decided, we've got to do something."

Precautionary action of a smaller scale from this summer, but you may still wonder how these residents find the strength.

Brian : "It gets old and you don't really want to deal with it anymore, but got to protect the house."

Jim Mitzel : "We had thousands and thousands this summer... (Do you wish you would have kept them up at this point?) "No I don't, I wouldn't want to look at them all winter, remind me of what happened."

Jason Mitzel : "Just got to have faith in the Lord, and he'll make something good out of it, just carry on with your life and do the best you can, it's all you can do, worry about it, you get yourself in depression and all that jazz, you don't want to go there."

Releases from Garrison Dam are at 20 thousand cubic feet per second. If conditions allow, the Army Corps may ramp up releases to 27 thousand by February.