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Published April 11, 2011, 07:59 PM

Burke Addition Residents Dealing with Another Year of Flooding

Living in the Burke Addition south of Grand Forks can be hard on homeowners this time of year. Water is now over the road causing one man to worry about boating his young kids across the coulee.

Living in the Burke Addition south of Grand Forks can be hard on homeowners this time of year.

Water is now over the road causing one man to worry about boating his young kids across the coulee.

Michael Sailer has lived in the Burke addition for seven years. Before water gets too high, he is prepared.

"About a week ago, we brought volunteers in to help sandbag just because when the road does go under, it becomes a lot harder to get people out to help you," Sailer said.

Sailer had help putting together 1,500 sandbags to protect his home. Now it's about protecting his family.

"We have a one and four-year-old, so it's not real pleasant having to stick young kids in a boat this time of year. Unpredictable waters," Sailer said.

Waters that now cover 62nd Avenue, making it hard for families to get across. But Sailer and his neighbors are not alone. The Grand Forks Sheriff's Department has someone there throughout the day to make sure people stay safe.

"We'll go over and do patrols over on the other side, we'll boat over and we'll go around and visit with each one of the people in their homes and see if everything is o.k.," Sheriff Bob Rost said.

The department recently got an airboat to help people out in flooding emergencies. Although it gives homeowners peace of mind, people like Sailer are still hoping to have a safer way to get across.

"We're trying to figure out a way so we that don't have to boat each year. We're in the process of maybe exploring building a bridge or a pedestrian bridge of some kind. There are a lot of young kids that live in our area.

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