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Published April 06 2011

Amenia farmhouse hit by overland flooding

AMENIA, N.D. – Overland flooding struck a farmhouse near here late Tuesday night.

Cass County Deputy Gail Wischmann said the Paul and Delores Erb family had sandbagged around their residence – but the wall wasn’t built high enough to hold back the floodwaters that began flowing into the Erbs’ basement around 8:45 p.m.

The Erbs live at 2636 154th Ave. SE. in Amenia, which is about 20 miles northwest of Fargo.

Wischmann said that Delores Erb mentioned she had warned her husband they ought to reinforce their sandbag defenses, but he thought they’d be OK.

“They probably lived there for years and it’s probably never been an issue – but yeah, this one time, it became a problem,” Wischmann said.

Cass County responders were prepared to deliver sand to the residence late Tuesday, so the Erbs could begin filling extra empty bags they had on hand.

But Wischmann said that a neighbor offered to help the Erbs pump out the water from their basement overnight. The Erbs told deputies they would reassess the situation today.

The incident was among three calls Cass County deputies received overnight.

Officials expect that number could increase in coming days as area rivers rise and overland flooding becomes a larger problem.