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Mary Jo Hotzler, Published April 01 2010

Flood 2009: Getting back to routine

April 1 – Routine wasn’t a word in many people’s vocabulary at this point.

But it felt good to get back to it – even if just a little bit – after an exhausting run-in with Mother Nature.

Businesses were given the green light to reopen.

City crews began looking to fill potholes, made worse by all the truck traffic used to fight the flood.

Rural Cass County residents were going back to their flooded homes and yards.

In small cities like Briarwood, just south of Fargo, half a dozen homes were spared, while some 20 others felt the wrath of the rivers.

Cleanup would be a long road, and it was just the beginning.


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