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Residents battle high water in South Dakota town

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By Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

WAUBAY, S.D. (AP) -- Much of the Upper Midwest spent the summer wrestling with the worst drought in decades, but residents near a chain of lakes in northeastern South Dakota are battling high water.

The dry weather has stabilized lakes near Waubay, but residents are still raising roads, draining fields, moving their homes or leaving town.

They're dealing with a wet cycle that started in the early 1990s and has slowly gobbled up houses and land.

Some fear losing Waubay, a town of about 550 that was founded as a railroad stop 130 years ago. The population has dropped by more than 100 since 2000.

Waubay resident Rick Breske says some people are encouraged by the dry weather, but he's convinced the water will rise again.

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