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Published March 22, 2009, 12:00 AM

Overland flooding strikes Walcott home

Water from fields overran a road and flooded the lower level of a Walcott, N.D., home late Friday night or early Saturday.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

Water from fields overran a road and flooded the lower level of a Walcott, N.D., home late Friday night or early Saturday.

Justin and Jennifer Beto found their garage and lower level flooded when the arrived after midnight – a shock since they live in the middle of town and four or five miles from the Red River.

“This caught us very much by surprise,” Justin Beto said Saturday.

More than a foot of water filled the lower level of the home, including a living room, home office and bedroom of one of their two daughters.

A culvert apparently was blocked by snow, and the water ran over Fourth Street in Walcott, located about 25 miles south of Fargo in Richland County.

The stream of water passed between two houses before flooding the Betos’ home and garage, as well as the garage of a neighbor.

Justin Beto lost many power tools in his garage, and his 8-year-old daughter lost many toys, stuffed animals and other belongings.

Given their location, the Betos don’t have flood insurance. Few people in Walcott carry flood insurance, he added, because of the location.

Officials warn that overland flooding can be very unpredictable.

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