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Joe Gilbertson watches rising waters surround his home Wednesday in rural Barnesville. (David Samson/The Forum)

Flood fight starts early in Barnesville

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BARNESVILLE - Joe and Bonnie Gilbertson had a big surprise when they woke up Wednesday morning.

The floodwaters that had been pooling behind the earthen dike encircling their rural Barnesville house had breached the barricade, surrounding the home with icy water.

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"It's really coming in," Bonnie Gilbertson said as she stood on the shoulder of the county road running past the house. "We've got water in every direction."

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