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Published April 12, 2011, 06:13 PM

Leeds, ND, Fights Overland Flooding

People in the small town of Leeds, ND, are working to fight off unexpected floodwaters. And they say the worst could be yet to come.

People in the small town of Leeds are working to fight off unexpected floodwaters.

They say the worst could be yet to come.

Crews were working to sandbag and pump water from around lift stations but the water was coming on so fast, crews were having a hard time keeping up.

A temporary dike was built near Highway 2 to slow water down and sandbags were put around several houses.

The water is coming from what people in the area call the Buttes, which means the coulees have not started running yet.

Residents in the area say they have never seen water this high and they're not sure when it will go down.

"We're hoping that we'll see the end of it here probably this evening, but we have heard that there's a lot of water up north. We'll have to do the best that we can," Leeds City Council member Kyle Nelson said.

Traffic on the westbound lanes of Highway 2 has been re-routed to the eastbound lanes as crews work to pump the water from the north side of the highway.

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