Not sure if you have been paying attention, as there has been so much going on, but we might be about to lose another American city to flood waters:
The rising Red River broke a 112-year-old record early Friday and was eroding a dike south of downtown, forcing authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation order covering about 150 homes.
The river had risen to 40.32 feet early Friday — more than 22 feet above flood stage and inches more than the previous high water mark of 40.10 feet set April 7, 1897. It was expected to crest at up to 43 feet on Saturday.
Just after 2 a.m. Friday, residents in one neighborhood were roused from sleep and forced to evacuate after authorities found a significant leak in a dike. Police Capt. Tod Dahle said that while water wasn’t rushing to overtake the neighborhood, the integrity of the dike was in question.***
“We do not want to give up yet. We want to go down swinging if we go down,” Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said Thursday, just hours after the disheartening news that forecasters had — yet again — increased the projected crest of the north-flowing Red River.
Residents in this city of 92,000 had been scrambling in subfreezing temperatures to pile sandbags along the river and spent much of Thursday preparing for a crest of 41 feet, only to have forecasters late in the day add up to 2 feet to their estimate.
I spent a couple of weeks in North Dakota, and aside from the fact that I thought the skies were too low and that it just seemed uncomfortably flat, the thing that stood out to me was how much water there was- there were lakes everywhere. I didn’t expect that. I was to the west of Fargo, at Devil’s Lake for military training, and it was probably two of the best weeks I was in the Army. Perfect weather- it was about 75-80 with blue skies every day, and there was a golf course about a mile down the road from the barracks that you could walk to and play a round for relatively cheap. Also, the locally grown beef. So good.
Here’s to hoping the folks in North Dakota pull through.