Most of us don’t know many of our neighbors anymore and if it weren’t for the occasional flood, maybe the Riverview neighborhood of Moorhead would be like anywhere else.
But it’s not like anywhere else, unless there’s another place where a few dozen neighbors are gathering for an outdoor party, a few feet from the swollen river that still is a threat to their homes.
But what else is there to do besides celebrate another spring of pulling together and helping each other out against the river, which crested at 38.78 feet Saturday afternoon and was at 38.7 feet by the time the burgers were ready Saturday evening?
Overconfident? Hardly. There are plans for some of the kids to check the sandbagged dikes every hour through the night. Grateful? Absolutely. You can’t survive the fourth-highest water in history unless everyone depended on everyone else. The two constants here are high water and a committed group of residents.
“When do have the planning meeting for next year?” I asked.
“This is it,” Donna Morse said.
I’m pretty sure she wasn’t kidding.