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Friday, March 27, 2009 

Things Are Not Good In Fargo, North Dakota

Thousands of residents are getting out while they can and others continue to sandbag the miles of dikes that keep the flooded Red River at bay tonight in both Fargo, North Dakota and its sister community of Moorehead, Minnesota. This is the biggest flood North Dakota’s largest city has ever seen. The flooded Red River is expected to crest overnight and Saturday where the river could rise as high as 43 feet, nearly 3 feet higher than the record set 112 years ago.

Many people in Saskatchewan and Manitoba have friends or relatives in North Dakota. We are thinking of them tonight.

Photos from Fargo .....

"Officials in Fargo said Saturday that frigid temperatures slowed the rising of the record-high Red River, but it is still unclear if the city would be submerged by major flooding. By Saturday morning, millions of sandbags were in place as National Guard troops patrolled the city, monitoring dikes that were built by locals, students and out-of-towners who volunteered to help. The troops spread out through the city to inspect floodwalls for leaks or weak areas. Sandbags were piled on top of 19 kilometres of dikes, which are buried under snow. The single-digit overnight temperatures have frozen the sandbags, which officials hope has created a watertight barrier. "Now it's time to stand and defend," said city commissioner Tim Mahoney."

Photo courtesy Brian Peterson ...

Yes, it's bad. They've been having to use explosives to keep breaking up the ice dams that form on the river, and some low-lying areas have already been underwater for days. I don't have any relatives there, but the citizens of Fargo have sure been in my thoughts lately.

Wonderful. I'm thinking of folks in Winnipeg as well. They'll be fighting the crest of the Red soon.....

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