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Fargo Flees as Flood Waters Top All-Time High
www.foxnews.com ^ | Friday, March 27, 2009 | Fox / AP

Posted on 03/27/2009 6:33:25 AM PDT by Freeport

Fargo police ordered mandatory evacuations early Friday after a breach in flood protection created a "significant leak" as the Red River topped 40 feet, breaking a record crest set in 1897.

Fargo police Capt. Tod Dahle says the evacuation was ordered shortly after 2 a.m. Friday for all homes in an area south of downtown Fargo. Officers knocked on doors and the city used a phone system to alert residents of the threat.

Authorities say there is an immediate threat of rising flood water. Residents are being told to head west. Emergency shelter is available at a high school.

The river, which flows south-to-north, rose to 40.15 feet early Friday — an all-time high — on the way to its projected crest of up to 43 feet by Saturday afternoon.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: fargo; flood; moorhead
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What can one say? Anyone know of a group heading out to volunteer to help from the Minneapolis area?
1 posted on 03/27/2009 6:33:25 AM PDT by Freeport
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To: Freeport

Global warming blame from AlGore in 5....4....3....


2 posted on 03/27/2009 6:34:22 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

at 7:15 am the river was 40.44 ft...

info on that flood and the severe weather outbreak today/tomorrow here

http://www.easternuswx.com/bb/index.php?showforum=14


3 posted on 03/27/2009 6:39:02 AM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: Freeport
Take care Fargo...can't imagine the blizzard we had yesterday being followed by catastrophic flooding...

You might want to consider banning Algore from the entire state...

4 posted on 03/27/2009 6:39:14 AM PDT by NorCoGOP (Recession: friend loses his job. Depression: You lose your job. Recovery: Obama loses his job.)
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To: All

also More areas of Moorehead MN just told to get out


5 posted on 03/27/2009 6:39:55 AM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: Freeport

Obama is concerned I am sure.


6 posted on 03/27/2009 6:40:37 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: janetjanet998

Where did you get that info?


7 posted on 03/27/2009 6:41:01 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: Freeport

Continued prayers for all in harm’s way.


8 posted on 03/27/2009 6:41:13 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: Freeport

prayers


9 posted on 03/27/2009 6:43:55 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Americans only hear the word "free", but never hear "just pay the shipping and handling")
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Be safe ND Freepers!

Prayers from CT.


10 posted on 03/27/2009 6:48:19 AM PDT by Betis70 (Go UConn)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Global warming blame from AlGore in 5....4....3....

I'm thinking Al will place the blame squarely on ManBearPig...

But seriously, prayers for those affected...

11 posted on 03/27/2009 6:48:41 AM PDT by Zeppelin
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To: Freeport; janetjanet998
If I may, from local broadcaster KVLY....

BREAKING NEWS: Moorhead Evacuating Between I94 And Main Avenue, West Of 8th Street

12 posted on 03/27/2009 6:48:49 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: b4its2late

Has the President done anything about this, besides trying to blame this on global warming? He actually had the nerve to specifically blame blizzards on global warming!

I guess it is the same logic that leads him to think he can reduce the deficit by unprecedented increases in borrowing and spending.

If he does offer any aid to ND, I would urge the residents to reject it. It will certainly come with strings attached. Get $500 to help pay for repairs and be forced to spend $50,000 to make your home more “green”.


13 posted on 03/27/2009 6:49:58 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Above My Pay Grade
Has the President done anything about this, besides trying to blame this on global warming? He actually had the nerve to specifically blame blizzards on global warming!

Has he gone or does he plan to go and visit the affected area? Probably not, he doesn't seem to care about those of us in flyover country. I'm not a Bush fan but he would be up there visiting the area (maybe not yet though), we'll see if 0 goes.

Prayers for those affected.

14 posted on 03/27/2009 6:56:23 AM PDT by ozarkgirl (I'll keep my money, my freedom and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: Freeport

Where is FEMA? Where are the free plastic charge cards? I see no camping trailers. It must be true, Obama hates whites!


15 posted on 03/27/2009 7:00:39 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
Fargo is very white. White folks get the short end of the aid-stick when it comes to natural disasters. Look for Obama to host a party tonight.

Luckily, white areas do generally well on their own. That pesky guns and religion thing. Prayers for the folks fighting the flood waters.
16 posted on 03/27/2009 7:02:38 AM PDT by stentorian conservative (I'm tired of being Johnny B. Goode and I'm gonna start being Johnny Reb.)
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To: mewzilla
o Pets will NOT be accepted at the Red Cross shelter. Animal shelter may be available at the Doggy Depot (3224 8th Street South, 218-236-DOGS) and the Mutt Hut (1214 Main Avenue, 218-236-9935). Call ahead; please bring your animal’s food and health records. Pet shelter space is extremely limited, so please try to make accommodations with family or friends outside of the flood zone.

That was one problem with Katrina and other natural disasters where excavations can save lives. For many people, especially retired singles without family nearby, a pet is their only companionship. Losing both their home and their companion is very traumatic. It would be a lot easier to conduct evacuations if the Red Cross, other NGO agencies and government emergency departments put into their plans separate shelters for those with pets.

17 posted on 03/27/2009 7:03:40 AM PDT by CedarDave (DHS Sec. Napolitano - No such thing as terrorism, just man-caused disasters!!!)
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To: Freeport

Where the heck is Zer0? Is he there assessing the situation? Has he ordered in the National Guard? FEMA should be there assiting! Where is Zer0??? What a buffoon! Doesn’t he know that 10’s of thousands could be dying as he plays pres__ent?!?!


18 posted on 03/27/2009 7:12:34 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: ozarkgirl

I don’t think Obozo has yet to visit the area affected by the severe ice storm (KY, Arkansas).


19 posted on 03/27/2009 7:20:21 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Betis70

As of the night before last my son, his girlfriend and my grandaughter were OK but I didn’t hear from them yesterday. They are right there in Fargo...


20 posted on 03/27/2009 7:33:25 AM PDT by ninergold3 ("Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?" -Mark Lowry)
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To: Freeport

Lootie is on his way!


21 posted on 03/27/2009 7:48:04 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: mewzilla
At the bottom of that pae is an EXCELLENT resource in the form of an EvacuationChecklist

Might be a good idea to print this puppy out for the BOB, as this is something that may prove handy to anyone, anywhere, at a future time.

...then again I'm one of those guys who has a checklist for everything except bathroom visits.
...most bathroom visits.

22 posted on 03/27/2009 7:49:49 AM PDT by woollyone (I believe God created me- you believe you're related to monkeys. Of course I laughed at you!)
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To: stentorian conservative

They should all take refuge in the Fargodome and demand their FEMA debit cards!


23 posted on 03/27/2009 7:49:55 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Freeport

http://nd.water.usgs.gov/floodtracking/redRiverMainStem.html


24 posted on 03/27/2009 8:03:59 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Freeport
Uh ... Where is FEMA?
Where is all the gubmint help?
And... where is Obama?

One can only assume, Obama Hates White People.

25 posted on 03/27/2009 8:07:58 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Freeport

Any bets that the people of Fargo fare better than post-Katrina New Orleans citizens? Anyone? Bueller...Bueller....


26 posted on 03/27/2009 8:13:12 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Freeport

New Orleans residents should take note - the people of Fargo are working their asses off to save their city and not whining about how the government should be taking care of them.

They began PREPARING after a huge snowfall a month ago - the writing was on the wall after that.

They are evacuating areas BEFORE the dikes give out as a precaution. The only people needing help to evacuate are those working until the last minute to save their homes.

-No looting is taking place
-Evacuaees are not being robbed and raped
-Volunteers are not being robbed or shot at
-The Fargo Dome is not strewn with sewage and garbage, only sand, sandbags, and volunteers.
-The cities have clearly staged evacuation plans and is communicating effectively with residents.


27 posted on 03/27/2009 8:14:25 AM PDT by gore_sux (Al Franken - Preferred by Minnesota Educated Somali Pirates and Suicide Bombers Everywhere)
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To: AD from SpringBay

LOL, you beat me too it. I’m wondering when Larry the cable guy or Tater Salad will be on TV screaming “barrack obama hates white people!”


28 posted on 03/27/2009 8:19:26 AM PDT by henry_reardon
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To: mom4melody

Oh yeah, I didn’t even think of them. He didn’t visit that! Sheesh. Guess he’s too busy screwing up the economy for my grandkids :)


29 posted on 03/27/2009 8:21:00 AM PDT by ozarkgirl (I'll keep my money, my freedom and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: Zeppelin

Fargo’s weather has been consistently colder and colder for the last 11 years, according to my local sources.


30 posted on 03/27/2009 8:21:26 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (A trillion here, a trillion there, and pretty soon you are talking about Zimbabwe money.)
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To: B-Chan; Freeport
Lootie is on his way!

Somebody better photoshop a parka and some mittens on Lootie. Otherwise, he's gonna die within a matter of minutes. Weather.com has it as currently 13 degrees in Fargo. Its going to be a balmy 32 degrees tomorrow!

My grandfather lived his entire life in Fargo (except for WWII). He kept trying to convince the chamber of commerce to make "Fargo: Twenty below keeps out the riff-raff" the official slogan.

After the '97 flood they removed most of the houses in his neighborhood to build a levy/dike/floodcontrolthing. Apparently, they didn't build it large enough...
31 posted on 03/27/2009 8:25:22 AM PDT by philled (This 'stimulus money' will stimulate just as 'protection money' protects. -- Rei Shinozuka)
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To: Izzy Dunne

The Left has already blamed Bush and GW for this...


32 posted on 03/27/2009 8:54:42 AM PDT by Thunder90
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To: Freeport

Although this is a record, serious flooding occurred in about 1968 and 1997 (that flood destroyed much of the downtown area of Grand Forks). My family home is in Fargo (on the North side of town)and safe. Most the area impacted
is on the South side of town in low areas near the river.


33 posted on 03/27/2009 8:55:38 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Freeport

On site report: I talked to my brother who lives on the river 10 miles south (Upstream) of Fargo-Moorhead at 11:32 AM local time today and he reports the crest is there at his farm. (Local address 110th Ave S, Moorhead) The water is half way up the topmost sandbags around his house. 1 mile south of him a farmer is reporting a 2 inch drop, and 3 miles south a farmer is reporting a 4 inch drop already. Overnight low was 12 degrees, it is up to 17 degrees. The center channel of the Red River is clear of ice but the calmer areas have ice about 2” thick. There is one more river confluence between there and town (The Wild Rice River) so FM area is close to the crest.


34 posted on 03/27/2009 9:38:53 AM PDT by Sundog (The founding fathers understood what would happen when all three branches of government failed.)
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To: philled

Lileks, is that you?


35 posted on 03/27/2009 9:52:47 AM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Freeport; janetjanet998

http://www.dglobe.com/ap/index.cfm?page=view&id=D976EBAG0

Moorhead announces more evacuations

The Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2009


36 posted on 03/27/2009 9:56:01 AM PDT by maggief
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To: philled

The PC TV news here in Minneapolis call them FLOOD WALLS as not to offend the lesbians: DIKES.

The spirit of all the volunteers working so hard brings a tear to my eye. We don’t always get to see the goodness of the American people.


37 posted on 03/27/2009 9:56:20 AM PDT by BarbM
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To: maggief

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/weather/fargo_flood/Fargo_Flood_Mickelson_Field_Levee_Mar_27_2009

Fargo Calls for
Volunteers to Shore Up
Levee
Levee at Mickelson Field needs
reinforcement

Created On: Friday, 27 Mar 2009, 11:20 AM CDT

FARGO, N.D. - The city of Fargo put out a desperate call for volunteers to help shore up a levee near Mickelson Field around 11 a.m. Friday.

The call for volunteers to help with the levee follows a revision to the Red River flood crest projection. The river had risen to 40.6 feet early Friday — more than 22 feet above flood stage and inches more than the previous high water mark of 40.1 feet set in 1897.

The Red River was expected to crest as high as 43 feet on Saturday. Fargo’s main dike protects the city at the 43-foot level.

Volunteers able to help fill or place sandbags are asked to walk to the dike in the area of the south side of Mickelson Field. Fargo city staff will be on location to coordinate sandbagging.

The city stressed its request for volunteers to walk, not drive, as trucks will be hauling sandbags and need to get as close to the dike as possible.

Volunteers may also call the Volunteer Hotline at 701-476-4000 for more information.


38 posted on 03/27/2009 10:01:05 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

See my post #34. I grew up on the Red River there by Rustad.

It looks like the crest is very close to the southern edge of Moorhead. The water did not come up at all overnight at 140th S., my brother watched the ice and the pumps. That is about 30 river miles to go, just a few hours’ water flow from the city. If the flow is constricted or if more comes in from the Wild Rice river the level could go up, but the worst is over 10 miles south of town.


39 posted on 03/27/2009 10:27:13 AM PDT by Sundog (The founding fathers understood what would happen when all three branches of government failed.)
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To: B-Chan

No sir, but I’d love to sit down and have a drink with him. He’s an entertaining writer and I imagine he’d be fun to talk with. However, I don’t think he’s going to extend an invite to Jasperwood and I try to stay far away from the Apple store...


40 posted on 03/27/2009 12:25:36 PM PDT by philled (This 'stimulus money' will stimulate just as 'protection money' protects. -- Rei Shinozuka)
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To: CedarDave

Guess where all this water is going to go...


41 posted on 03/27/2009 1:24:34 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: SouthTexas

I know where it is not going to go — the Red River of Texas and Oklahoma!


42 posted on 03/27/2009 1:36:03 PM PDT by CedarDave (DHS Sec. Napolitano - No such thing as terrorism, just man-caused disasters!!!)
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To: Freeport
Go to GettyImages.com and do a search for "north dakota flood." There you will see the most beautiful thing: Heartland Americans voluntarily filling and stacking sandbags to protect their community, their families, friends and neighbors. No whining. No standing around and wondering why the government isn't helping them.

Prayers to all Fargo and Bismarck folks that you come through this well... although we all know you will in the end, not matter how difficult the situation.

43 posted on 03/27/2009 1:40:51 PM PDT by ponygirl (Scooby Doo Generation: Behind every supernatural mystery is a disgruntled former employee.)
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To: CedarDave

Would be nice, guess it can’t turn right though. We sure could use some further south too.


44 posted on 03/27/2009 2:19:12 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: ponygirl

I think most of the city will come through this OK. I just got back from sandbagging the city water works with a large group of volunteers. We added a second contingency dike up around the building. The recent cold seems to be sapping the energy from the upward rise of the river. The areas on the outside areas appear the hardest hit.


45 posted on 03/27/2009 2:34:05 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: ponygirl

The question the media dares not answer: what is the primary difference between Fargo and New Orleans?


46 posted on 03/27/2009 2:51:02 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: B-Chan

It’s kind of hard to haul beer through lakes that have 2” of ice on them.


47 posted on 03/27/2009 4:37:05 PM PDT by Sundog (The founding fathers understood what would happen when all three branches of government failed.)
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To: maggief

A link from the FOX 9 site says in part, “About 60 patients evacuated from MeritCare hospital in Fargo arrived at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis around 3 a.m. early Friday morning, accompanied by nurses. 10 critical care, 26 surgery and four rehab patients were taken in by Abbott Northwestern. ... North Country Hospital in Bemidji, Minn., Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, S.D., and St. Alexius in Bismarck, N.D. were preparing to accept evacuated patients.”

Why are critical care patients being transported all the way to Minneapolis? Is there no space available closer? Or is this an insurance company decision?


48 posted on 03/27/2009 6:22:27 PM PDT by StayAt HomeMother
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To: B-Chan
The question the media dares not answer: what is the primary difference between Fargo and New Orleans?

The answer is why I live in Fargo and visit New Orleans.

49 posted on 03/28/2009 9:03:56 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: gore_sux
"New Orleans residents should take note - the people of Fargo are working their asses off to save their city"

Fargo residents should take note -a hurricane is not like a river flood. Apart from securing your property, and taking care of loved ones and pets there isn't much you can do except find a place to go and go there as quickly as you can. Not as easy as you might think when the course of a hurricane can change in a matter of hours and you might find yourself smack dab in the middle of the very thing you were trying to escape.

"They are evacuating areas BEFORE the dikes give out as a precaution."

Don't form your opinions of all New Orleanians by what you saw on CNN et al in the days following the storm.

80% of the residents of the city evacuated before Katrina blew through.

"Evacuaees are not being robbed and raped"

"Volunteers are not being robbed or shot at"

Didn't happen, urban legend

They Shoot Helicopters, Don't They?

How journalists spread rumors during Katrina.

Matt Welch | December 2005

http://www.reason.com/news/show/36327.html

"The cities have clearly staged evacuation plans and is communicating effectively with residents."

We knew what to do, and we did it. See picture above.

50 posted on 03/28/2009 12:06:00 PM PDT by Mila
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