At a news conference, Mayor Dennis Walaker says "we are different here in the valley," and says evacuations are not automatic and they will not give up neighborhoods. The CEO of the school, Bruce Messelt says one of the school's dike patrols found the leakage in the school's permanent flood walls. The wall was constructed after the 1997 flood and is built of steel. The water came from underground and not from the wall itself.
(This shows why these seemingly small leaks are so worrisome to people here.)
The buildings are below the river at this point and basements and the first floors are filled, including at a performing arts hall and a gym. "Our buildings can be rebuilt, our students can recover, but God's faithfulness will never be questioned," he said.
(I'm trying to figure out a way of visually showing the changing projections)
"Thank you for that example," Mayor Dennis Walaker of Fargo said sarcastically, obviously a hurting Fighting Sioux fan.
"Thank you for sharing that story," Walaker said. Apparently he's a fan of the rival (and Fargo-based) North Dakota State University.
Maybe he heard Dale Connelly's Radio Heartland last night. The show started with Mavis Staples singing "We will not be moved."
My plan today: I'm heading, again, to Riverview Circle. I've been staying in Rothsay for the last few nights. Roger, who runs the Comfort Zone Inn, provides excellent Ole and Lena jokes. We need more Ole and Lena jokes right around now.
But it takes awhile for me to get back in the area, and I usually have to stop and restock some of my provisions, and then it takes me a fair amount of time to quickly check how everyone's doing, and write a post. So I apologize in advance that it may be a few hours until I get to post the next update, but let's just assume no news is good news.
Your persistence is unbelievable. I live in Fargo, and this is the best representation of the flood i've seen. This is the first thing i check in the morning after i wake up, and the last thing i check before i go to bed. Thanks for everything!
You are an amazing group of people. You are so strong, intelligent, and faithful. You are heroes. My prayers are with you.
Thanks for the excellent job reporting. It is heartfelt and real to see close up what is happening over there.
It's not just a news story. It about real people, neighbors. Thank you capturing the facts and the heart of this.
So sorry to hear about the school. I'm glad no one was hurt in the ensuing rescue sandbagging. Please stay safe everyone.
Hey Bob, this is Danny, John's youngest. Word here today is that we're just anchoring in and doing our dike watch. We have some bags in the garage for "just in case". I was trying to find the archives and find where your entries start so John Boy can have a chance to look at all the hard work you've done so far. He hasn't had a chance to eat let alone look at all the great things you've written so far. Let me know and we'll see ya later today!
Bob, I can't tell you how much this means to us. We all want to be there so badly all the time to help. Jim is resting up today, hopefully we'll be back tomorrow . We're enjoying Emily & Michael being with us. Its so good to hear them relaxing & laughing with their cousins. These kids have been through so much and have worked so hard. Many prayers were prayed in our church today for everyone's safety. You've made us lifetime fans of MPR! All our siblings and relatives from Nebr., IA, AZ,& California and Washington are now familiar with MPR , thanks to you. So you are adding a lot of fans to MPR. God Bless!!
I was desperately thinking of Rep. Pomeroy's comment watching the end of the Detroit hockey game. Hopefully the calm, lack of action up there will mimic the lack of action I just watched in my hockey game!