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Published April 03, 2011, 08:57 PM

Homeowners South Of Grand Forks Prepare For Flooding

A man living south of Grand Forks is preparing for rising waters. Each spring a coulee he lives next to floods causing him to take a boat to get to and from his house. As warmer temperatures move into the area, homeowners like Mark Satek start to worry.

A man living south of Grand Forks is preparing for rising waters.

Each spring a coulee he lives next to floods causing him to take a boat to get to and from his house.

As warmer temperatures move into the area...homeowners like Mark Satek start to worry.

"There' s been quite a bit of talk about it this year, everybodys kind of bracing themselves for what they think it's going to be." Satek said.

The coulee in the Burke addition floods every year.

Most homeowners have to pay for their own flood protection.

Those on East Lake Drive even have to take a boat to get to the other side.

Satik is in the beginning stages of preparing for the potential flood by getting his boat ready, making arrangements with work and getting sandbags to protect his property.

"Probably start getting some sand, probably the end of the week. Get a load or two, make sure we have enough sandbags to cover the area," Satik said.

In 2009, Satik spent about $4,800 for more than 2,600 sandbags.

The county reimbursed him for more than half of that.

But he hasn't been reimbursed for the $6,000 he spent to build a dike to 54 feet.

"I'm self-employed. I have a small construction company in town here so if we can get more jobs to cover some of the stuff, we're definitely doing it," Satek said.

Although people living here have tried to get federal funding for a bridge over 62nd Avenue, they haven't been successful.

"The last hydrology test and engineering report we got put the bridge at over $1 million." Satek said.

Homeowners like Satik say they hope the city will work with them on a solution to keep homes and families safe.

Another homeowner is making a floating bridge so people can get across the coulee.

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