When Mother isn’t very nice

With weary bodies and souls, the people of Fargo, N.D., worked through the night to erect a second levee to ward against the still rising Red River.
Saturday will be the test to see if it holds against a predicted re-cord-high level of icy water. By 2:15 this morning, the water had al-ready crested above its century-high mark of 40.1 feet set in 1897.
Trapped between the two dikes are about 1,000 homes, victims of an underestimation of how high the waters would rise. But few are complaining: That’s a fraction of what a spillover could mean to the state’s largest city of 90,000.
Mass evacuations have begun of Fargo and its neighbor across the river, Moorhead, Minn.
In viewing this morning’s Fargo Forum online edition it was heartwarming to read the responses of citizens who are working to save their city in sub-freezing temperatures.
“We take care of our own in this town,” one reader posted. “I love Fargo/Moorhead. Minus the weather, of course.”
The Fargodome sports arena on the campus of South Dakota State University has been transformed into a massive sand pile where an estimated 6,000 students and citizens have joined to make sandbags. Even if the makeshift dikes fail, it feels better to try than not.
Allen County citizens know all too well the devastation of floodwaters. Almost two years later, we’re just now able to see the final outcome of federal reimbursements and the lay of the land.
There’s really no upside that can offset the losses incurred by the 120 families and businesses displaced by the high waters. Yes, many have rebuilt and their homes may be nicer than before, but the trials endured were mind-numbing and for some the pain continues.
Stay strong, you northerners. Our prayers are with you.

— Susan Lynn