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Mary Jo Hotzler, Published April 15 2010

Flood 2009: Second crest less than predicted

April 15 – Fargo-Moorhead residents were thankful to hear that the Red’s second crest would now top out at 35.5 feet – several feet less than was earlier predicted.

But for those affected by the Sheyenne and Maple rivers, it didn’t matter. Overland flooding was already upon them.

Near the small town of Kathryn, N.D., workers rushed to repair the eroding Clausen Springs Dam. National Guard members used Black Hawk helicopters to drop two dozen 1,000-pound sandbags on a corner of the dam to divert water from the dam’s emergency spillway.

It was a mess, and Kathryn residents had little choice but to pack up their belongings and head to safer ground.


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