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Old 12-03-2010, 08:47 AM
Location: Fargo, ND
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In the major floods ('97, '09) the water came from all sorts of directions. There was rapid snow melt which caused overland flooding. The volume of water was more than drainage ditches could handle so people needed to sandbag homesteads out in the middle of farm fields which had turned into lakes. Also, there is such a large volume of water in the whole valley that every creek, coulee, and county drain changed from a trough that carries a little bit a water to a major front line in the battle with the flood. You may well find this mentioned in real estate listings from subdivisions such as Rose Creek, Timberline, and Silverleaf.
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Old 12-03-2010, 12:19 PM
Location: Fargo
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As far as lakes you would have to live probably 40- 45 miles from the FM area to live by a lake.
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Old 12-03-2010, 05:42 PM
Location: E ND & NW MN
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About chickens there was a story about a couple in West Fargo who requested to have chickens kept in a coop in their yard in the city but the request was denied as it was opposed by neighbors. To have chickens you will have to outside of city limits....

As for the lake....nothing in the immediate area...lakes country begins about 45-1 hr east of Fargo and there are some lakes in the pothole region of ND as you get closer to Valley City.

For the water issues in rural....rural areas in south Cass county and up in north Cass county along the Sheyenne, Maple and some tributaries get lots of ice jamming and backup water during the spring flood. If you see a place and it has had water issues or diking issues I would avoid it. With the way the weather has been the last 10-15 years we are in a wet cycle and the chances for major spring flooding is higher than not the past few. You dont nearly as much about overland flooding in the western or northwestern parts of the county. The areas around horance then back southwest toward Enderlin can be quite bad as well as areas north closer to where the Red and Sheyenne meet up around Harwood-Argusville
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