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River jam brings icy flood to Otter Tail River residents

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The typically sleepy Otter Tail River that runs behind Doug Seiler's house gave him an early Christmas present of the coal-in-the-stocking variety this week.

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The already high water on the Otter Tail surged 1½ feet between Tuesday and Wednesday, forcing Seiler and his wife to pump water and sandbag just to keep their basement floor dry.

Before their pumps were up and running, icy water flowed in through their walk-in basement door.

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