Thanks to the many people who worked to save Crookston from rising waters
We are renewed by the goodness that comes out in people when natural disasters threaten.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.” Isaiah 43:2
On behalf of the faith community of Trinity Lutheran, I want to convey our deepest thanks to everyone who helped in any way to secure our city of Crookston from the threats of flooding.
Our city leaders and city staff spent many hours in disaster response. Their direction was needed so that we as residents could put in the help where it was needed in different parts of the city. We want to thank them as well as the many volunteers from other communities to came to Crookston to help us with sandbagging efforts.
We must also acknowledge the businesses that provided transportation, delivery of sandbags, and equipment to further assist the efforts. The National Guard arrived at the time when the weariness of the day was setting in. They came in with energy and muscle to help us finish the tasks and give us a needed boost. Thank you to everyone!
I don't think some people realize how close the Red Lake River came to overflowing the dike behind Trinity Lutheran in Crookston. To say "inches" is an accurate statement. The sandbag effort to save Trinity was tremendous. Had the water breached or the dike failed, the Trinity facility had a great line of defense. We were fortunate that the waters receded.
There is still a lot of water flowing through Crookston. Volunteers are walking the dikes keeping vigilant watch over any weaknesses that might threaten flooding. The flood fight is not over but moving in the right direction. We pray for those communities down river yet to engage the response and we offer ourselves wherever we can help.
A big "thank you" to everyone who lent a hand in any way to make our community safe. We are renewed by the goodness that comes out in people when natural disasters threaten. God bless!
Rev. Gregory Isaacson
Trinity Lutheran Church