Skip to comments.Fargo Flees as Flood Waters Top All-Time High
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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Global warming blame from AlGore in 5....4....3....
at 7:15 am the river was 40.44 ft...
info on that flood and the severe weather outbreak today/tomorrow here
You might want to consider banning Algore from the entire state...
also More areas of Moorehead MN just told to get out
Obama is concerned I am sure.
Where did you get that info?
Continued prayers for all in harm’s way.
Be safe ND Freepers!
Prayers from CT.
I'm thinking Al will place the blame squarely on ManBearPig...
But seriously, prayers for those affected...
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”.
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.
Where is FEMA? Where are the free plastic charge cards? I see no camping trailers. It must be true, Obama hates whites!
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.
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?!?!
I don’t think Obozo has yet to visit the area affected by the severe ice storm (KY, Arkansas).
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...
Lootie is on his way!
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.
They should all take refuge in the Fargodome and demand their FEMA debit cards!
One can only assume, Obama Hates White People.
Any bets that the people of Fargo fare better than post-Katrina New Orleans citizens? Anyone? Bueller...Bueller....
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.
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!”
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 :)
Fargo’s weather has been consistently colder and colder for the last 11 years, according to my local sources.
The Left has already blamed Bush and GW for this...
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.
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.
Lileks, is that you?
Moorhead announces more evacuations
The Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2009
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.
Fargo Calls for
Volunteers to Shore Up
Levee at Mickelson Field needs
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.
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.
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...
Guess where all this water is going to go...
I know where it is not going to go — the Red River of Texas and Oklahoma!
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.
Would be nice, guess it can’t turn right though. We sure could use some further south too.
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.
The question the media dares not answer: what is the primary difference between Fargo and New Orleans?
It’s kind of hard to haul beer through lakes that have 2” of ice on them.
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?
The answer is why I live in Fargo and visit New Orleans.
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
"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.