I’m in the Morses’ house, we’re getting water behind the dike now. Next door at John’s house, there’s a small group trying to make sandbags, lots of water coming through there. No volunteers, sandbags or sand being allowed in the neighborhood. I’ll go over there to help out as soon as I finish this post. Read more →
The families I’ve been following this week on Riverview Circle in Moorhead are back, after evacuating last night.
Video of the morning after the evacuation in the Riverview Circle neighborhood of Moorhead.
This neighborhood, and this city, did in five days, what it took three weeks to do in 1997, and they’ve done it better, and they’ve made the dikes higher.
An aerial view of Riverview Circle shows how the Red River is conspiring against the neighborhood.
The residents of Moorhead start showing up at the shelters.
The order has come: It’s time to evacuate.
This is Riverview Circle’s response to Moorhead’s Code Red that indicates evacuations are likely. Another pickup with another load of sandbags has just pulled into John Brummer’s garage and another crowd of volunteers has arrived to stack it on the sandbag dike that rings this neighborhood along three miles of shoreline. I asked him if Read more →
As a Code Red was issued this afternoon, signifying an evacuation is possible from Riverview Circle, and the surrounding neighborhoods, the Morses and John Brummer were not giving up.
The Red River can be very sneaky. It took a backdoor approach to get near Donna and Todd Morse’s house today.
With the order to raise the sandbag levee by another foot, I couldn’t imagine having the gumption to get back out and sling sandbags.
Vikki and Bruce Johnson of Moorhead survived the flood of ’97. But they had more time to prepare for it than they do this year.
John Brummer of Moorhead is finished with his portion of the giant sandbag dike that snakes along the Red River south from I-94. With any luck at all, he’ll get some sleep soon.
Todd and Donna Morse weren’t around for the Great Flood of 1997 — they lived in Coon Rapids then — but they’ve quickly learned the art of flood protection against a river that has a penchant for taking detours through neighborhoods like theirs in Moorhead. As she stood next to a backyard swimming pool where Read more →
Strangers pitch in to save a Moorhead neighborhood