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Published February 23, 2011, 05:37 PM

A Waiting Game: Pembina Taking Flood Precautions

Pembina County is starting flood preparations this week by making sure everything they need is accounted for. Pembina is projected to crest between 54 to 55.3 feet, close to their dike height of 57 feet.

"We're just like everybody else, we're preparing and just hoping that we can get through it," said Pembina Public Works Director Ken Norby.

Norby says it's just a waiting game.

"We are trying to get as much snow out of town as possible so we don't have a big melt in town and we make sure we have sandbags on hand and sand," said Norby.

Pembina is projected to crest between 54 to 55.3 feet, close to their dike height of 57 feet. But the Pembina County Emergency Management Office is also concerned about the rural areas.

"Those rural areas are what we really like to keep an eye on a little bit more than towns, because we just don't know when it's going to cut off a farm or something like that," said Pembina's Chief Deputy Jeff Osvold.

Osvold says the flows of two rivers through Pembina County are never the same. One river is fed from Canada and the other from Fargo.

"Pembina has the Pembina and the Red River to deal with and they do a very good job of that, it's just that it's a timing thing and a volume thing that comes from both of those locations," said Osvold.

"It's too early to make projections yet. We have to wait and see what happens with everything down south and the melt," said Norby.

Pembina County will meet with city leaders on March 8th to discuss flooding in more detail.

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