THE DULLUM FILE ...And More Flood Stories
Had a great time speaking to the staff of Villa Maria in Fargo yesterday as part of Nursing Home Week. Also got a chance to hear a few of their flood stories.
Just as a two-year, multi-million d... Posted on 5/14/09 at 12:30 AM
State ranks 12th in nation for now and Minnesota isn’t far behind Since 1993, when the current wet cycle began in the Northern Plains, North Dakota has had 25 presidential declarations. That ranks 12th in the nation.
But it could be moving up soon.
After a successful start at Fargo’s Sandbag Central this week, officials hope volunteer turnout doesn’t diminish Saturday. Five days in, volunteers had filled about 518,000 sandbags total, as of Friday night.
Sens. John Hoeven and Amy Klobuchar reviewed early flood preparation efforts in Fargo and Moorhead Friday and promised they will push for permanent high-water protection solutions for the Red River Valley.
Officials in the Fargo-Moorhead area were smart to recognize the power of unanimous decisions on their part. Reaching unanimity was a challenge, and it’s to the communities’ credit that the challenge was met.
Officials representing Fargo, Moorhead and Cass and Clay counties, as well as North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven and U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan, made their case for a North Dakota diversion on Sunday afternoon to one of the key deciders in how much help the area will get in building a flood diversion.
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., says the flood protection efforts that helped the city of Warren are a worthy example of the type of efforts that might help other communities up and down the Red River Valley, and do so more quickly.
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