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Harwood residents protected but nervous

This city north of Fargo will be adequately protected for the flood, officials said Monday, but residents who attended a meeting Monday seemed nervous about potential effects of today's storm.

This city north of Fargo will be adequately protected for the flood, officials said Monday, but residents who attended a meeting Monday seemed nervous about potential effects of today's storm.

Contractors are expected to finish building dikes by the end of today in Harwood, which is sandwiched between the Sheyenne and Red rivers.

Mayor Bill Rohrich told a crowded room at Harwood Elementary that he's comfortable with the preparations they've made.

"I don't know if we're going to get as high as they're saying, but I think we're prepared to get to it if it does," Rohrich said.

The Sheyenne River is expected to crest Friday or Saturday at 92.2 feet, up about 2 inches from the 1997 crest.

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Several residents asked questions about what would happen if rain and snow predicted for today make the situation more severe.

Rohrich said he's confident the city will be able to handle a higher crest if necessary.

Harwood does not expect to have to evacuate residents, but officials have a plan in place if that's necessary.

Officials advised residents to conserve water and make sure their sump pumps are not going into the sanitary sewer.

Updates will be posted at cityofharwood.com.

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