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Cass County Highway 22 east of Harwood Sunday is closed due to water on the roadway. Heidi Shaffer / The Forum

N.D.governor says flood-fighting focus will be on rural areas west and north of Fargo

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FARGO - A prolonged flood fight will be in store for the communities and rural homesteads north and west of Fargo as the Red River slowly retreats.

Officials at a flood briefing this morning expect floodwaters from the Sheyenne, Maple and Rush rivers to disrupt life in rural Cass County for the foreseeable future.

"I think all of our focus for the state will be going to the rural areas," Gov. Jack Dalrymple said.

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