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Published March 26, 2009, 12:00 AM

Moorhead woman arrested for standing on flood dike

Less than two hours after Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes vowed arrests and jail time for people who trespass on the metro area’s dikes, authorities made such an arrest.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

Less than two hours after Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes vowed arrests and jail time for people who trespass on the metro area’s dikes, authorities made such an arrest.

A 40-year-old Moorhead woman trying to get photographs from on top of a dike was arrested for the Class B misdemeanor and booked into Cass County Jail, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

The woman told police arresting her she knew she could be arrested for being on the dike, Vettel said.

“Our biggest thing is if she falls in we have to spend precious resources trying to rescue her,” he said, adding the arrest did not stem the problem, as reports of people on dikes continued to come in Wednesday night.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said arrests would be made in Clay County if people are found in flood-fighting areas without good reason.

Bergquist said more than 100 roads are under water in the county and warned people not to go around barricades.

Less than two hours after Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes vowed arrests and jail time for people who trespass on the metro area’s dikes, authorities made such an arrest.

A 40-year-old Moorhead woman trying to get photographs from on top of a dike was arrested for the Class B misdemeanor and booked into Cass County Jail, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

The woman told police arresting her she knew she could be arrested for being on the dike, Vettel said.

“Our biggest thing is if she falls in we have to spend precious resources trying to rescue her,” he said, adding the arrest did not stem the problem, as reports of people on dikes continued to come in Wednesday night.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said arrests would be made in Clay County if people are found in flood-fighting areas without good reason.

Bergquist said more than 100 roads are under water in the county and warned people not to go around barricades.

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