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Damage a couple weeks after the flood in Grand Forks and a year late

Fargo may look to Grand Forks and Canada for relief

Damage a couple weeks after the flood in Grand Forks and a year late
Damage a couple weeks after the flood in Grand Forks and a year late

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, March 30, 2009
with story from Canwest News Service

The Mayor of Winnipeg is not worried. Well he’s worried a little but after spending $400 million for a flood spillway around Winnipeg he knows the worst is in the past for Canada’s biggest city along the ever-flooding Red River. Estimates are the flood way saves Manitoba $10 billion in damage. The countryside is not protected by the spillway only the city of Winnipeg. Continue reading

Crisis travels down river in North Dakota

The Red River flood crisis drags on with each day as the flood peak moves north along the river.

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Red River at Grand Forks filling up from March 18th, 2009 to March 28th, 2009 (slower large size is on the next page)

Fargo residents are still working the dikes hoping that breaks and seepage don’t worsen the flooding that has already occurred.

Down stream rural communities and towns like Grand Forks wait for their big crisis. Snow is forecast for Tuesday and people are simply wearing out from the strain.
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Bob Rosenvold bows his head in prayer in a prayer circle for victims of the Red River flooding during a citywide worship service at the Ramada Plaza Suites Sunday in Fargo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Fargo at 41 feet and its Sunday

Bob Rosenvold bows his head in prayer in a prayer circle for victims of the Red River flooding during a citywide worship service at the Ramada Plaza Suites Sunday in Fargo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Bob Rosenvold bows his head in prayer in a prayer circle for victims of the Red River flooding during a citywide worship service at the Ramada Plaza Suites Sunday in Fargo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, March 30, 2009

Fargo ND is pretty much a prairie version of PEI and most rural North America. A supply city in the middle of an agricultural economy, on Sunday people go to church. With the dikes holding Fargo citizens split their time between worry and the Lord. While the Lutheran faith dominates the Fargo church scene due to the strong Scandinavian and Germanic background of the people, there are churches of every denomination for your choosing. Continue reading

The Red River flooding is reflected in the visor of Sgt. First Class Todd Sudheimer with the Minnesota National Guard in St. Paul as he looks out of his UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter south of Fargo Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Postcards from the flood

The Red River flooding is reflected in the visor of Sgt. First Class Todd Sudheimer with the Minnesota National Guard in St. Paul as he looks out of his UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter south of Fargo Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The Red River flooding is reflected in the visor of Sgt. First Class Todd Sudheimer with the Minnesota National Guard in St. Paul as he looks out of his UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter south of Fargo Sunday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Dear Stephen,

Have evacuated our home and made it to my Mother’s place in Grand Forks. We got the call to evacuate Thursday night – they come around with a map and show you what your home looks like if the river rises to a certain level. Continue reading

National Guard personnel walk in the high icy floodwater as the Red River continues to rise, Saturday, March 28, 2009, near Fargo, N.D., as they try to evacuate residents. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Fargo slips into watch and wait, river slowly falls

Catastrophic flood in North Dakota reaches 40 feet above normal

Downtown Fargo is seen at the Main Ave. bridge as the Red River continues to rise, Saturday, March 28, 2009, over Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Downtown Fargo is seen at the Main Ave. bridge as the Red River continues to rise, Saturday, March 28, 2009, over Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network – The Red River at Fargo ND continues to perceptible fall, dropping to 40.58 feet above normal at 3:15 PM local time.

The pressure seems to be off as the peak was 40.81 feet at 2: 15 AM local time. Continue reading

Flood babies couldn't wait, Vicki Krenz holds twins Brennen, left, and Lidia in her hospital room Friday at Innovis Health in Fargo. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Red river stabilizes over night near Fargo ND

Flood babies couldn't wait, Vicki Krenz holds twins Brennen, left, and Lidia in her hospital room Friday at Innovis Health in Fargo. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
Flood babies couldn't wait, Vicki Krenz holds twins Brennen, left, and Lidia in her hospital room Friday at Innovis Health in Fargo. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Peaks at 40.81 feet, now 40.75 feet

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, March 28, 2009 6:59 ET

The rise in river level stabilized last night and fell back slightly to 40.75 feet, according to the US Geological Service. Fargo is worried and watchful and the worst is not over yet. Dikes across the river in sister city Moorehead MN have been breached and water has pushed back inland. Continue reading

Fargo, ND 12h Avenue N Bridge, underwater at 32.4 feet on March 24th

Fargo braces as river at 40.76 feet and rising

Fargo, ND 12h Avenue N Bridge, underwater at 32.4 feet on March 24th
Fargo, ND 12h Avenue N Bridge, underwater at 32.4 feet on March 24th

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, March 27, 2009, 7:40 ET

At 18:15 local time the river was 40.76 feet above normal. The critical point of 42 feet. The rise today has slowed somewhat with the water passing 39.99 at midnight on March 26, 2009. Various reports claim the cold weather is helping to slow it down but the falling snow is making it worse. The situation in Fargo is tense. Local residents are working around the clock to exhaustion trying to put more sand bags in place. As the Mayor says, the people of Fargo will not go down without a fight. 58 teams are patrolling the dikes every two hours.
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Ten’s of thousands defend sand bag dikes in Fargo

River reaches 22 feet above worst level, 2 more and massive flooding sure

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, March 27, 2009 4 PM ET
with story from CNN

The Red River is now 22 feet above it’s record level and 42 feet above normal. The mayor declares “If we go down we are going down fighting.” Ten’s of thousands of volunteers are packing sandbags are the Bison Dome, transporting them the river bank and packing them in 15 F. weather with light snow. It’s literally a fight for the city and homes of North Dakota residents. CNN film shows the river almost up to the lower span of the bridge with cars and trucks paradoxically crossing as normal. The next few hours are pivotal as the cold weather appears to be slowing down the rate if rise in the river.
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Boating by home south of Fargo ND

Fargo, ND flooding forcing evacuation

Boating by home south of Fargo ND
Boating by home south of Fargo ND

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, March 27, 2009

Flooding is reaching the critical stage as dykes and sandbags give way in parts of the down town. When you think Fargo think flat. The land has very little elevation and if the dykes break, the water can flow inland for miles. There is nothing to stop the water from flooding. Fargo is at the edge of the Great Plains which in Canada we call the Prairies. During the 1980’s and 1990’s I visited there quite often in my work with Great Plains Software. They are super people and our hearts out to them as they struggle with nature.

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