I'm back again this morning, and there have been a few updates since I left you last night. First, the new evacuations
Update [2009-3-27 7:53:31 by guyermo]:
NEW EVACUATION IN MOORHEAD
Based on the latest crest prediction of 42 feet for the Red River, Moorhead police want residents living north of Interstate 94, south of Main Avenue and west of Eighth Street South.
Storm sewers, such as those found on Rivershore Drive, are starting to back up with water.
East of 4th street due to significant leakage and an eroding dike. Good news: The Corps of Engineers believe they can repair it.
The mandatory evacuation was issued at 2:09 this morning for residents living east of Fourth Street South between South River Road and Lindenwood Drive, an area southeast of the city’s water plant.
Update [2009-3-26 21:29:6 by guyermo]:
BREAKING NEWS: Residents in Moorhead South of Interstate 94 and West of 8th Street are being ordered to evacuate. Further updates below.
Breaking news out of Fargo, North Dakota:
The crest for this weekend was 41 feet, a height never before measured, and nearly a foot higher than the record of 40.1 feet set in 1897. Yes. 1897.
The National Weather Service has just raised their crest prediction to 42-43 feet.
43 feet is the current crest of the sandbag levies.
The media is finally covering the flood in North Dakota. Ed Schultz hosting 1600 on MSNBC covered it Monday, and Brian Williams did last night on NBC Nightly News. Check the video just to the right of the news story.
The short version is the Red River of the North, prone to minor/moderate flooding, is having a severe flood expected to surpass the Great Flood of 1997, in which part of downtown Grand Forks burned to the ground.
Below you will find updated new as I can find it. Some of the articles may require free registration to read, those from inforum and the Grand Forks Herald, but the same registration works for both sites.
The Red River of the North floods pretty regularly. There was a decent-sized flood three years ago that resulted in the closure of many roads that were submerged.
But cities and towns are still in danger because funds weren't there for flood control projects after the great flood of 1997 like there were for Grand Forks. And this year's flood is expected to rival if not surpass that of 1997.
FEMA, the National Guard and the Red Cross are already working in the area, even though the river hasn't crested and the waters not receded.
But have you heard about it?
The strip of rural Minnesota in which I grew up has had a mystery that's lasted nearly twenty years. In May, 1989, skeletal remains of a young woman were found in a median approximately 10 miles SW of my house along US HWY 61. They had lain there approximately seven years prior to discovery.
Recently, those remains were identified.
Seriously. Stand up for something. Your party had a platform. You ran on it. It swept you into landslide victories. You're freakin' POPULAR!
And now you go and piss it all away. You're in-fighting. You're caving in to Republicans like it's 2004.
Stop it. Stop it now.
This is an expansion of a comment I made in regards to George Carlin's passing this summer. There it served only as a segue to an embedded video. Here, hopefully, it's a little more profound.
In 2009 things will change forever. We will see things we have never seen before. It's a fact. Nothing will ever change that.
At least, that's what the Republicans should be saying.
If you haven't heard by now, Senator Ted Stevens's trial is slated to begin Sept. 24. Not very good publicity for people campaigning in October (Oktoberfest surprise?).
However, something else has just popped up that is a boon to us snarky liberals and late-night comedians.
Find out what it is below.
This time last year (today, in fact) I had just concluded the academic portion of my study abroad semester in Berlin, Germany and was taking a celebratory trip to Prague. And this seems as good an occasion as any to talk about the experience, now that I've had some time to reflect on it.
Almost none of that reflection has been negative. If anything, as time has gone on I've been even more glad that I did it. The memories are richer, I find myself remembering things that I had forgotten that happened, I almost never run out of stories to tell people (see this diary), and I finally learned to drink and appreciate beer!
And something to chalk up in the odd, but amazing coincidence department, a classmate from my intensive German course who is from Prague added me on Facebook on the 1-year anniversary of my trip to Prague and she had no idea that I went.
Anyway, on to my story and the pictures!
Continuing the great track record of proper inspection and repair, a third Minnesota Bridge (fourth if you count the I-35W bridge that collapsed) across the Mississippi River has been closed.
This time it is in Winona.
Karl Rove needs no introduction. We all know who he is, what he's done, and what he represents.
But now he's making it personal. He's going to befoul my fair city of Rochester, MN.
And if that isn't enough...Ron Paul's going to be here, too. So, I need your help.
Minnesota Public Radio and the Humphrey Institute have a new poll out showing Senator Norm Coleman losing to Al Franken.
First, some preliminaries.
Senator Coleman's Approval/Disapproval ratings are 50/34.
Senator Klobuchar's Approval/Disapproval ratings are 66/19.