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Mary Jo Hotzler, Published April 07 2010

Flood 2009: Time to get back at it

April 6-7 – It was time to get back at it. Fargo and Moorhead began raising existing levees and building more backup dikes. Residents of Oxbow, N.D., rallied around fellow neighbors there to help keep out the second round of water.

For the most part, though, things were less intense this time around because so much work had been done ahead of the first crest.

Students returned to classes as planned, and much of the city was attempting to get back to normal despite the looming threat of the second crest.

This time, however, the revised weather service prediction came with a collective sigh of relief.

The river would likely peak at 38 to 40 feet between April 16 and 18. While still considered a massive flood at either stage, the cities’ dikes and levees were built to handle it.

Still, there would be one last sandbagging push, just to be safe.


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