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Paul Orth, Fargo, Published April 15 2013

Letter: Not good to fool with Mother Nature

Flooding in 1997, 2009, 2010, 2011 and it looks like “here we go again” in 2013. So what’s up? Sure, the Red River has flooded before – but not with this regularity. Mother Nature can be unkind, as was the case with record snow in 1997 and more snow with untimely rains in 2009. But it isn’t fair to completely blame Mother Nature, and it surely isn’t wise to fool with Mother Nature either.

So, what’s up? I can’t be alone in observing a pattern of ditching, tiling, sloping and draining that continues unabated. Water that previously took weeks to flow to the river now rushes there in days. That’s not good. I’m not an engineer, but more water getting to the river faster has to increase the chance of flooding.

Whether one believes the correct way to combat the flooding Red River is diversion, dikes, sandbags or other methods, I hope we can agree it would be good to minimize flooding in the first place. The best way to fight a flood is not to have to. It isn’t good to fool with Mother Nature.