- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

NAPOLEON, N.D. (AP) - Residents of Napoleon are trying to figure out what to do about a high water table apparently caused by heavy rains and a rising lake near the southeastern North Dakota town.

The excess water has saturated the community of about 750 people and led to chronic basement flooding. More than 75 homes are now running sump pumps, Mayor Kyle Haas told KXMB-TV (https://bit.ly/1nrvH09 ),

“We’ve got so many of them running in town now the water just sits along the curb,” he said.

Resident Chris Sperle said water squishes up from the ground when he steps on his sidewalk and comes out of a crack in his driveway. Marshall Gross said residents are running out of ideas.

“We can’t keep up. We’ve got fans, humidifiers running,” he said. “It’s never-ending. I don’t know what else to do at this point.”

The Logan County Water Board hasn’t determined whether the rising West Lake is the problem, but Haas said there is little doubt. He says people who have lived in the town for as long as 70 years say the rising level of the lake is the root cause.

“I can’t prove it, but that’s just what people know,” Haas said.

Napoleon has invested $3.2 million in a drainage system beneath city streets but problems persist. A public meeting is scheduled Monday night to discuss the problem.


Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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