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Published July 21, 2011, 07:59 PM

Rising Waters Continue to Force Families Out of Lake Region Homes

Residents in the Lake Region continue to battle the continually rising waters. And that means, for some, moving and surrendering homes to the lake.

Residents in the Lake Region continue to battle the continually rising waters. And that means, for some, moving and surrendering homes to the lake.

"There's no packing things or wrapping things it was just we will dump and take what we can to get out," Howard Blegen, who had to move out of his flood-threatened home, said.

Blegen had to move his family out on April 29. With only a few hours to pack what they needed, many things were left behind.

Blegen hasn't been able to get back to his house since and has had to front a lot of costs.

"We stayed in hotels and then you got to eat out and there's no reimbursement, there's no compensation for that," Blegen said.

He's not a man to ask for much, but Blegen needed a little help.

"All we were looking for begging, screaming and hollering for was for somebody to reach down, pull us out of the mud, set us on dry ground and after, that we will take care of ourselves," Blegen said.

Now, the Blegen family lives in Leeds, ND, and hope they can get back to their house after the water freezes.

"Maybe try to get a snow plow across some of this ice so we can get in and get more of our property," Blegen said.

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