Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Red River Valley of the North Flood, 2009: April 8: News Added As I find It

3:15 p.m.
"Flood crew psyched for Red River's crest"
(April 5, 2009)

"24/7 watch to be implemented Monday"

"The looming crest of the Red River has kicked the flood fight into high gear, as crews prepare to monitor river and ice levels around the clock and emergency equipment to break up ice jams is moved into place...."

This is news from last Sunday, so that 24/7 watch is into its third day now.

It's good to see that Winnipeg authorities are aware of the situation, and doing something about it.
3:10 p.m. Central
"Winnipeg on alert for early flood crest driven by ice jams"
CBC News (April 8, 2009) (2 hours ago)

"The first and highest crest of the Red River could arrive in Winnipeg on Wednesday, forced up by ice jams.

"Flood forecasters are predicting the crest could be around 2006 levels, which would cause some damage but not be as dire as in 1997. Not counting the impact on homes, the 2006 flood caused $12 million damage.

"'You know, this is a major flood. And you know, if we are better prepared for it and we have more limited damage than in the past, it is still a major flood,' said Steve Ashton, the province's emergency measures minister...."

I certainly hope that everyone in Manitoba has their ducks in a row: and sandbags in place.

Which reminds me: the National Guard in the Fargo-Moorhead area was using one-ton sandbags - I gotta go back and get my notes and sources for that.
3:00 p.m. Central
"Red River floods major Winnipeg route"
UPI (April 7, 2009) (19 hours ago)

"Sections of Highway 75, a major artery between Winnipeg, Canada, and the U.S. border, were closed Tuesday to prepare for flooding by the Red River.

"Business people told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. the action by Manitoba provincial officials would have a significant financial impact on the region.

" 'It will be very quiet around here,' said Lisa Wiebe, who works at a Morris-area store. 'About 80 to 85 percent of our customers are the truck drivers going to and from the states into Winnipeg. If they close the highway, they will be routed around us, and we will kind of be like a ghost town out here...."

That's a problem with floods: even in a town isn't flooded, businesses can be hurt because customers can't get to them: and that hurts business owners and employees.
2:45 p.m. Central
"Fargo sandbagging again as flood threat looms"
CNN (April 8, 2009) (4 hours ago)

"In anticipation of more flooding next week, residents of Fargo, North Dakota, began stacking sandbags Wednesday for the second time in just over two weeks along the banks of the Red River.

"They hoped to fill 1 million, said Fargo spokeswoman Karena Lunday.

" 'If we get a million, that will be a total of 4 million we've made since the flood started,' she said.

"The first sandbag effort began about March 23. The Red River crested at nearly 41 feet at Fargo on March 28, breaking a record that had held since 1897, when the Red River reached 40.1 feet.

"The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Tuesday, predicting that melting snow -- and possibly rain -- will start to raise river levels on the Red River south of Oslo, Minnesota, this week...."

'Here we go again.' This isn't at all unexpected - but it's not exactly good news. On the other hand, Fargo and other communities still have the temporary dikes up from the first crest.
2:40 p.m. Central

It's been a few days since I updated this series of posts. I've been working on taxes (April 15 is a memorable date for American citizens), and dealing with some technical issues on my main computer.
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