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Mar 18, 2010 9:55 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Some Fargo residents refuse to move despite floods

Mac Butler is among the final holdouts in an already flood-ravaged Fargo, N.D., neighborhood where many homeowners have opted to accept government money to relocate.

On Sunday, the Red River is expected to crest up to 20 feet above the flood stage. That means its overflowing waters could rush right up to Butler's home - again.

He says he'll beat the river and save his home again this year. But he has a canoe and a kayak ready outside his house just in case.

Not everyone in his neighborhood is determined to stay. City spokeswoman Karena Carlson says Fargo has spent $7.4 million buying 25 homes in low-lying neighborhoods since last year. She says an additional seven homes are expected to be purchased by Sunday.

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