John Brummer and his wife Jeanie still live on Riverview Circle in Moorhead, even though all their neighbors on the river side of the street have left.
It’s hard to get a picture of what any of the river flood terms mean. So here’s a picture.
There’s no flood in Moorhead’s Riverview Circle neighborhood this year. But the scene is sadder than it was during the flood of 2009.
The water is off the sandbags in Moorhead. Some reports of looting surface.
The river is still up to the sandbags and still presents a threat, but residents are allowing themselves to relax and in some cases leaving home and going to work.
The furniture has been taken off the counters at Todd and Donna Morse’s house. It’s true that anything can still go wro
Sunday has brought a sense of relief to Riverview Circle, but not a sense of victory. Not quite yet anyway, or at least not to the extent where people seem willing to jinx their improving fortunes.
When you’re in the ‘maintenance’ portion of a flood, you have periods of relative calm punctuated by panic. Within the last few hours, we’ve had two such panic periods, both coming at the same time.
The river level is dropping and much of the attention in the neighborhood today is inside. Drains in basements are giving the Red a way in, but the neighbors are ready.
I’m back in Riverview Circle, riding in a pickup over very icy and rutty roads. I’m riding with Ed Dorsett of Moorhead, who goes to the same church as Todd and Donna Morse. We’re heading to the store to get some ShopVacs and a marine plug. The plug is for John Brummer’s boat, which he’s preparing, just in case.
The residents of Moorhead have taken everything nature can throw at them. They’re fighting back, of course, and apparently just getting warmed up.
Just as hopes were being raised behind the dikes, it all came apart for a Moorhead neighborhood on Friday.
Left for dead this morning, Riverview Circle is coming to life.
John Brummer says a drain the city of Moorhead didn’t plug, is now threatening his neighborhood, and he’s getting angry about it.
Watch video: If clinging to hope and a refusal to quit is all it took to beat back a flood, the Red River would be down for the count.