Thursday, March 26, 2009

Flood update: More sandbags, please

After 24 hours and 300 volunteers frantically working around the clock, our dike is no longer deemed safe by the city. And recently, the Weather Service announced this afternoon that the Red could crest to 43 feet - which is how high most people have built their dikes. This is such a blow to us and the rest of Fargo!

We are hearing of more evacuations and it's becoming very scary for us. We have readied as many sandbags as we can this evening and hope that everyone turns out tomorrow for one last push before the anticipated crest on Saturday. We are all tired and emotionally drained. All schools are closed, most business are closed and no travel is advised for most of the city. We have the National Guard out on every corner of our development. My kids feel like a prisioner in their own home .... it's an awful feeling.

The worst part is that you just have to wait and see what will happen with the river on Saturday morning. We are at the mercy of Mother Nature and I hope she will be kind to us. I will post an update as much as I can. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers blogger friends!



Northern Shade said...

After all that hard work with the sand bags, it must be nerve-wracking to wait for the rising waters. I hope your dikes will hold above the waterline.

Susie said...

I can't imagine being in your shoes right now Beth. My prayers will continue for all of y'all.

beckie said...

Beth, my prayers will be with you and all of the area.

Connie said...

I lived in Fargo for 3 years, back in the mid 70's. The river behaved itself back then. So sorry you have to deal with this and praying for a good outcome.
Try to get some rest.

Becca's Dirt said...

I must be terrible waiting to see what the river is gonna do and how long it will last. We have had bad weather in the Mobile but nothing compared to what you are going through. Good luck.