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Mary Jo Hotzler, Published March 26 2010

Flood 2009: Area residents got the worst news possible

March 26 – Area residents got the worst news possible Thursday: The Red River could reach a record 42 or 43 feet by the weekend. And the water might stay that high for seven days.

Never before had anyone seen a flood of such magnitude.

Both Fargo and Moorhead urged evacuations for several neighborhoods, and in an unprecedented move, patients were evacuated from all Fargo MeritCare hospitals as a precaution.

Residents throughout the area braced for the possibility of more evacuations.

But Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker wasn’t giving up.

“We want to go down swinging if we go down.”


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