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Mary Jo Hotzler, Published March 25 2010

Flood 2009: Uncharted territory

March 25 – We were in “uncharted territory,” Fargo’s mayor declared as he opened the morning flood meeting that by now had become part of the daily routine.

It wasn’t just the Red. The Wild Rice and Sheyenne were becoming equally unwieldy.

In Cass County communities like Oxbow, Abercrombie and Hickson, a handful of residents began evacuating their homes, forcing boat rescues of at least 20 people.

In Clay County’s Oakport Township and Georgetown, Minn., officials urged those with young and vulnerable individuals to move to safe havens.

And move they did. One by one, boat by boat.


These daily accounts are from the book “Will Over Water,” available at The Forum and area bookstores.