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Record Flood Rocks Midwest

April 12, 2011 by  

Record flood rocks MidwestSeveral people have died from a record flood that has devastated areas surrounding the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota.

According to The Associated Press, approximately 60 miles of roads have been closed in Cass County, N.D. In Fargo, the Red River crested at about 40 feet on April 9, which is the fourth highest level in a city that is prone to flooding because of its snowy winters.

More than 400 National Guard members were deployed to Cass County in order to assist in evacuation efforts, the media outlet reported. Last week, two hunters were found dead in a flooded river west of Fargo.

Spring flooding is common in certain areas of the United States, especially in locations that were hit with significant amounts of snowfall during the winter. Although most Americans will be asked to evacuate their homes in the event of an incoming natural disaster, there are cases when flooding strikes quickly, which requires certain self-survival measures. recommends that residents turn off all electrical appliances before the water arrives. Outdoor furniture should be brought indoors, and essential items should be brought to an upper floor.

If individuals are forced to leave their homes during a flood, the website advises that people avoid six inches or more of moving water. Trying to navigate through a moving stream can lead to a fall and increase the risk of being hit by debris.

When walking through any amount of water, residents should use a stick to check the depth in front of them as well as the firmness of the ground. 

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  • patrick

    I have a question for all you good folks out there, something that I have been reminded of by some friends, regarding the flooding in Minnesota, N. Dakota, and previous floods in Iowa. Do you find it interesting that when you watch the news coverage of the flooding throughout these Midwestern areas, you never, or at least rarily, hear anything about the local residents breaking into businesses or homes and stealing other peoples property, like the scenes that were constantly broadcast during the Katrina Hurricane in New Orleans? Well my explanation is that when you have all these liberal democratic cities, counties, and states promoting Obamma boy’s entitlement ideas (free everything), these people don’t respect others because their mental thought process is that they think they are entitled to any and all things they don’t have. They are owed it. New Orleans is not the only city these things happened in either. It does say something good about the people from the midwest and their heritage of hard working farmers, most were LEGAL immigrants from Scandinavian countries. Sorry I just had to vent these observations.

    • James

      Patrick, Well said, and I think you were being overly kind. Where I live, for the past 29 years, I never heard a police siren, for the first 25 years. In the last 4 years, police sirens have increased steadily, there’s at least two every night now. In that same period, illegal aliens have increased exponentially. The first 20 years of my life were spent in a small town in northern Indiana, in the Depression years, and in that period not a single robbery, assault, or whatever, occurred. I never saw a non-white person till I left there.

  • JC

    Record floods from record snowfalls? Or at least more snow than we’ve seen in a very long time. So much for the Church of Gore and its travelling circus.

    But that won’t stop Reid & Co. from using “Climate Change” as another avenue of raiding your wallet now will it?

  • independant thinker

    Much of the whoop-tee-doo over the damage from flooding is caused by the government repeatedly paying people to rebuild in the same known flood prone locations.

    • granny mae

      Independant thinker,

      You are so right. There are people that live in hurricane areas that have had to rebuild over and over again and the government helps them do it. There is a barrier island not far from me and it is filled with homes. This place get lots of damage to homes and property all the time and the government doles out the money to help them rebuild! Our tax money is going to rebuild the home of someone that doesn’t have sense enough to live on dry land and leave the beach front property for everyone to enjoy as a beach ! Makes no sense to me !

  • http://com i41

    Same goes for the dmb azzes down by te oceans, where they get a new house every 2-3 years from the taxpayers and “insurance”. There is always idoits that live too close to streams or rivers and even in wooded areas that think never will burn or nature will change and can change. Only the educated theory driven B–l s–t of the “experts” is quote as facts. Nature is not static and will always be changing.

  • Bret

    I live in Fargo. I think the issue is just that we have a different mindset than a lot of other places. There are as many liberals watching the dikes here as there are conservatives, but when I go out to help my neighbor sandbag his property, I know that he will do the same for me and I don’t really care about his politics. We look to each other and not the government for help. Help from the government comes with all kinds of strings attached and we don’t want them. Because we are a small population state, the only time the government gives a damn about us is in the run-up to national elections. Another consideration is that there are a lot of hunters and outdoorsmen as well as concealed carriers here.

    This article mentioned a 40 foot crest on the Red River and it is important to not that it should have said 40 feet ABOVE FLOOD STAGE. The water is actually a lot deeper than that in the river.

    2009 was worse than this year. The crest was more than a foot higher and we had to build the dikes in a blizzard with half-frozen sandbags. One thing they did that year was to suspend all automobile traffic all over town so the emergency vehicles and trucks with bags could fly through town whenever they were needed. They also started a system they called “Code Red” which is a sort of reverse 911 system. You could opt into the Code Red system and whenever they needed emergency sandbag crews in a particular area, your phone would ring and a recorded message would tell you where to go. The first time they used it to shore up a weakened dike they issued the Code Red and within 30 minutes had 6000 people who had walked or jogged to the trouble site (because all motorized travel had already been suspended) and were ready to pitch in. Everyone got involved: I personally saw 8-year old kids tying sandbags that adults had filled and carrying water to sandbag crews. Someone in another state had donated a semi truck loaded with bananas to us and we didn’t know what to do with them until someone went to all the grocery stores in town and got flour and stuff to turn all those bananas into banana bread. That got dozens of 70+ year old little old ladies involved using every oven in every church basement in town. As soon as a batch was done, it was delivered to work crews on the dikes, most of the time while it was still hot. My daughter witnessed some blind people filling sandbags. They had developed a system of touch signals they were using and did just fine. With that kind of motivation and turn out you can do amazing things.

    One problem we had was from people from out of town. In one case there was a CNN reporter who ignored signs to stay off the dikes because people climbing on them weaken them and one little breach can render miles of dikes useless. The reporter wanted a great photo op and climbed up on one and was arrested. CNN was told that law enforcement was too busy to deal with people who ignored the rules and their reporter would have to stay in jail until they had time to go through the process. That created quite a stir but they didn’t have many problems with other reporters after that.


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