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Families keeping up with the tiring flood fight in rural Horace

For more than a week, people in rural Horace have been watching water creep toward their homes, rush over and close off roads, and fill farm fields.  

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Farm fields turn into lakes during the 2022 flood fight in rural Horace, North Dakota.
Ryan Longnecker / WDAY News
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HORACE, N.D. — Ducks are swimming across the corn fields this year. Conditions here range from swampy terrain to straight up lakes stretching from county road to county road. Gravel roads flooding over are becoming an all too common sight this spring.

"It's different every time it floods," Connie Bruse explained. "This is about the fourth or fifth time it's flooded. Never flooded before the Sheyenne Diversion happened. Never. No problem, it drained just like God made it to drain."

There are 10 roads into Bruse's property, and nine of them are flooded over. She lives across from her mother-in-law who's in her 80's. She is trapped on an island, with sandbags circling outside of the home. In a matter of hours, their road started flooding. Eight days later, it hasn't stopped flowing over the road.

"Cutting out maybe two feet onto the road," Bruse described. "And by 10:30, one of the other son-in-laws came over and it was over the road. Then they had to help get the debris off the road to get some of it to start flowing more because it was backing up completely into her yard."

With where they live, she is worried the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion might make this worse for them.

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"We're on the wrong side of the diversion," Bruse said. "Wrong side."

Until then, her family is helping her mother-in-law in any way they can, weathering out the overland flooding.

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