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Published March 29, 2009, 08:55 PM

FLOOD UPDATE: Oak Grove dike patrols resume as officials continue clean-up

FARGO - The North Dakota National Guard, city officials and Army Corps of Engineers remain at Oak Grove Lutheran School to help school staff repair damage after a difficult day for the campus.

By: Kelly Smith, INFORUM

FARGO - The North Dakota National Guard, city officials and Army Corps of Engineers remain at Oak Grove Lutheran School to help school staff repair damage after a difficult day for the campus.

But good news: Most of the water that had filled the center of campus early this morning has now been pumped out. Most of the water in Jackson Hall has also been pumped out, but Benson Hall basement remains full, High School Principal Morgan Forness said.

While it has caused "significant" damage, "it's been a gallant effort," he said.

While the day started out seeming like a repeat of '97 for the school, he and other school officials were much more optimistic when they realized they still had a chance at saving the campus.

By 4 p.m., 24/7 dike patrol teams resumed monitoring the dikes that completely surround the campus. It's the beginning of another round for the campus in what's been a long week for everyone involved; Forness said the last week has felt more like a month.

"I don't know how long we can handle the real high levels," he said, adding anything under 35 feet would be more manageable for the campus. "I'm hopeful it keeps dropping."

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