About the Red River Flooding

By now, most of you have heard about the fears of floodingalong the Red River Valley in eastern North Dakota, western Minnesota, and parts of Canada.  For those unfamiliar with the area and the problem, the primary resason this area is so flood-prone in early spring is the fact that unlike most rivers in North America, the Red River of the North flows to the north. That means meltoff from downriver from is running up against ice farther north. Because the land there (it’s an ancient lakebed) is pankcake flat and is still frozen solid, the water spreads outward quickly, causing massive overland flooding. Add a year of near record snowfall in the Fargo-Moorehead area, a (too) quick thaw, and heavy rains, and we have the potential for the worst flooding ever.

Let’s hope the experts are wrong, that the sandbags and volunteers arive in time, and that the new levees hold.

A personal shout out to my brother-in-law in Valley City, ND, one of the towns threatened by flood waters. Stay safe,  Don!

2 Comments so far

  1. greg on March 23rd, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

    My sis already has water in her basement in Bismarck. Crazy.

  2. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on March 23rd, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

    Yikes. One of my Tweeter friends drove to western MN today and saw lots of overland flooding in the fields, and that’s not even in the area of concern (yet). All that water has to go somewhere, and if it flows into the Red, it will be bad.

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