My World Is A Flood: April 24

The latest forecast is calling for 30-something feet next week, Monday to be precise.  Then I heard later in the day they have changed that too.  So I am not totally sure what is happening with the prediction.  The data changes hourly now and the press conferences are moved and sudden.  This year there seems to be much more confusion by the leaders than in previous years.  Thankfully, our family doesn’t worry about much until we hear 40+ feet for a crest.

Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.

The ducks have taken the place of the rooster this morning with their morning call.  Yes, the ducks came back this morning to hang out with the pair of geese who have set up shop in the coulee.  Not sure if the ducks will or not.  Last year we had geese, ducks and a turkey build a home on our property.

Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.

The air temperature is still cold enough to see your breath, always a good sign on April 24.  I heard someone at Hornbacher’s yesterday trying out this little ditty, “April showers bring May snow blowers.”  That “instant classic” was followed by the polite “yucking it up” that only two portly men can deliver.

Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.
Photo taken April 24, 2013, around 7 a.m.

I am heading out to oil country the next few days for the Bakken Investor’s Conference.  So the photos will be in someone else’s hands.  Had a couple of meetings lined up in Dickinson this weekend, but looks like monitoring the flood will cause for a change of those plans.  I would use the word rain check,  but I wouldn’t want to invite the thought.   Anyone curious about the oil patch, here is the link to the Bakken conference www.bakkensummit.com.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney and then-Governor John Hoeven work the flood of 2010.    Photo taken by Kevin Tobosa during flood coverage for the media.
Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney and then-Governor John Hoeven work the flood of 2010. Photo taken by Kevin Tobosa during flood coverage for the media.

I can remember back in 2009 when the record flood surprised every leader in the area.  So much so FEMA wanted a city evacuation,  law enforcement became involved with escorts, the mayor asked everyone to stay inside while the flood fight went on and people were legitimately worried about water breaking loose across the city.   Is that what is happening this year?  On one hand the leaders are laughing and making jokes during the press conferences and on  the other hand, the police are blaring their sirens up and down the streets of the city.  Is Fargo in imminent danger?   Is the flood rising that fast?  Or are the theatrics getting a little over the top or at the very least sending mixed signals?  Since 2009, we have gone from personalized florescent safety vests to  and police-escorted sandbag delivery for a spring flood.

And it is snowing as I type…

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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One Response to My World Is A Flood: April 24

  1. Zek202 says:

    Note the use of Trapbag 6 foot barriers mentioned in the papers. Could you get some pictures of those?

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