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Mary Jo Hotzler, Published April 14 2010

Flood 2009: Red X marks the spot

April 14 – A red X marked the doors of those who fled their Valley City homes Tuesday after Valley City Mayor Mary Lee Nielson asked all of those living in the city’s flood plain and all vulnerable populations to evacuate – about half the city.

With fewer people, there would be less pressure on the city’s water and sewer systems.

More Guard soldiers arrived to assist with the evacuations.

To the south, in Lisbon, the call went out for more sandbaggers.

Even places like LaMoure, N.D., were asking people along the low-lying James River to leave, and no-travel advisories were issued.


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