My World Is A Flood: April 18

 

Photo taken April 18, 2013, around

Photo taken April 18, 2013, around 8 a.m. Snow fell again yesterday and last night. This is supposed to be a flood blog not snow photos.

New flood forecast came out yesterday, Wednesday April 17, 2013.  They are talking about a 39-41 foot crest sometime in “late April or early May” which would put our property into Kenny Loggins – you know the Danger Zone. Whether the Oakport levees will impact our property in any way depends on the flood leader’s official definition of 41 feet. This is the first year Oakport’s flood investments could pay dividends for the majority of residents.  Not us though! We are Oakport residents that are both upstream and outside the Oakport levees.  We didn’t make the cut.

Our house was built in 1956-ish and modified to withstand a flood of 42 feet, easy.  In 2009, the house was diked and the flood waters came within inches of the sandbags.  That year our house was an island, surrounded by water, but it remained high and dry.

My point is the Oakport levee has created a sea of uncharted waters for many.  Even Clay County emergency director Bryan Green knows this year is going to be dicey.

Photo taken March 2010.  Rural road in Oakport, MN.

Photo taken March 2010. Rural road underwater in Oakport, MN. To the left is the lagoon area of the coulee that Otis was near in an earlier photo.

Discussing with The Forum of Fargo Moorhead, Green said county overland flooding will be an issue, and continued by stating that, “especially for Georgetown and the Oakport area, this is going to be a new adventure.”  So my family waits for our new Springtime Adventure – seeing if 41-feet in Oakport Proper translates to 45-feet in the rural sticks of Oakport Township.

Photo taken April 18, 2013, around 8 a.m.

Photo taken April 18, 2013, around 8 a.m.

I know there are people with adjacent land to the West Fargo diversion that saw water in places they never seen it before once the canal was finished.  I guess you can call this an anecdotal,  quasi-case study.  Nothing scientific here, just observation,  measurements and facts.

Photo taken March 2010.  Dozer the Bloodhound looks at the rising Red River in Oakport.

Photo taken March 2010. Dozer the Bloodhound looks at the rising Red River in Oakport township.

Fargo now faces a 40 percent chance of seeing a new record flood, up from a 15 percent chance predicted in late March, in what is assured to be the latest spring flood on record, according to the most recent Forum of Fargo Moorhead article.

Photo taken April 18, 2013, around 8 a.m.

Photo taken April 18, 2013, around 8 a.m.

Photo taken April 18, 2013, around 8 a.m.

Photo taken April 18, 2013, around 8 a.m.

The neighborhood tomcat stopped by this morning with a nice blue gift.  I call the tomcat Orange Cat.  He lives under our deck, in one neighbor’s horse stable and in another neighbor’s garage.  Who knows probably a few others places, too.  Orange Cat gets around and is very polite.  Always bringing us gifts, Old Orangey loves playing with the dogs and likes to cuddle.  (Bloggers note:  The blue jay in Orange Cat’s mouth flew away after he dropped it at my feet.)

Jason Spiess is executive producer of The Crude Life.  The Crude Life has been recording a daily Flood Photo Journal since April 2, 2013.  For additional flood photos and previous blogs visit www.thecrudelife.com.

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