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Harwood residents sit tight and wait

About 200 residents of Harwood, N.D., sat down Sunday afternoon and shared a potluck after a long week of sandbagging and preparing for the flood. "Everyone got to relax and talk to neighbors and quit worrying about the flood," said Barry Krogh, ...

About 200 residents of Harwood, N.D., sat down Sunday afternoon and shared a potluck after a long week of sandbagging and preparing for the flood.

"Everyone got to relax and talk to neighbors and quit worrying about the flood," said Barry Krogh, manager of the Harwood American Legion, which hosted the potluck. "Everyone was kinda stressed out."

Most roads that access Harwood are now under water and closed, including Interstate 29.

"Really nobody can go anywhere, so it's a nice thing to do," Harwood resident Bill Walker said of the potluck.

Bernie Stasch, the city's public works director, said the dikes protecting Harwood have been raised to accommodate the predicted crest levels. The Sheyenne and Red rivers are expected to crest in Harwood early this week.

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Volunteers are patrolling the dikes around the clock.

Crews worked Saturday night to repair a minor breach that was discovered in the northeast dike. The work is complete now, and the town is ready, Stasch said.

"We're just sitting back and waiting to see what happens," Stasch said.

Auditor Sherry Morris said officials are reaching out to people to make sure they have what they need.

"I think there's a lot of anxiety," Morris said. "And there's a lot of restless people because they can't get to work."

Northern Cass School in Hunter planned to hold school today. Harwood Mayor Bill Rohrich is a bus driver for the district, though he typically does not drive the Harwood route.

Today, the 25 to 30 Harwood students who attend Northern Cass are to catch the bus at the Cenex station and Rohrich will drive them in. Rohrich said Sunday the route was clear of water, so he doesn't expect any problems.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

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