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Fargo prepares for devastating flooding

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Small Town Guy, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Lots of fears that it could be worse than in 1997. Grand Forks says it's much better prepared than then - the famous burning downtown - but Fargo-Moorhead looks to be in tough shape.

    Forum providing constant updates, provided the web people don't get laid off soon.

  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    That will happen at the high water mark...
  3. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    I thought that we weren't supposed to start threads about storms.
  4. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Godspeed, folks in Fargo.

    I'm keeping a good thought.
  5. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

  6. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    They've known it was coming all winter.
  7. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    So, does some sort of flood come every year around these parts?

    Forgive my complete ignorance. I've never been to the Dakotas.
  8. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    This was an obscenely bad winter in terms of snowfall. One of the worst in decades, I'm told.

    So it all piles up, and it's not above freezing once between November and early March. Then when spring hits, it's all gotta melt and go somewhere.
  9. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    I figured that would be the reason, but I wasn't sure.

    Thanks. And good luck to everyone up there.
  10. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

  11. jps

    jps Active Member

    ice pack at some places is five feet deep. not good. already flooding in areas there, earlier than they were expecting, so might be some trouble. they'd filled more than 500,000 sand bags (national guard, regular folks, ndsu spring football players and other college kids ... lots of people throwing in to help) but fargo area was saying they needed 1.5 million. i-29 south of fargo is closed and prca has called off its event that way.
  12. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    This sort of amazes me having been there, but it shouldn't.

    I went to Fargo last fall and expected the Red River to be really big for some reason ... then I drove over it into Moorhead without even noticing it. It's like a creek.

    Yet, considering how flat it is, it wouldn't take much water to cause a major flooding problem, especially from the ice pack.

    Good luck to those in Fargo. It's a cool town.
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