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Flood rescues underway in Fargo, gawkers will be arrested

FARGO - The Cass County Sheriff's Department with help from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Coast Guard is working on a number of rescues in the area of Heritage Hills and Oxbow, including the Butcher Block subdivision.

The area is in danger as water is rapidly rising. Residents in need of rescue should call the Emergency Operations Center at 476-4005.

Anyone who cannot communicate by phone or radio should place a red flag or red material in their picture window or front door so rescue crews can see them. Citizens are advised to remain calm and get to the highest point of their residence. Those rescued will be taken to the American Red Cross shelter in Oxbow.

Anyone who does not have a reason to be in the Heritage Hills-Oxbow corridor should stay away to avoid hampering rescue efforts.

Cass County Sheriff Paul D. Laney said sightseeing will not be tolerated and an arrest team will be patrolling the area. Anyone who does not have a reason to be in the area may be arrested. This does not pertain to residents coming to and from their homes in that area or members of the media.

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