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Red River flooding

The Red River is approaching record flood levels, likely to break century-old records this weekend. Flowing north toward Manitoba along the Minnesota-North Dakota border, the river is jammed up by ice and is being fed by rain, snow and meltwater. The National Weather Service has issued projections of a crest of 43 feet near Fargo, North Dakota, 24 feet above flood stage. Volunteers and national guardsmen are out in force, building levees, rescuing and evacuating those that need to get to higher ground. Cold temperatures are hampering efforts, freezing damp sandbags and making the job that much more strenuous for volunteers. 800 more National Guard troops and 150 Red Cross personnel are arriving in the area this weekend. (30 photos total)

Elsie, one of two Stensgard family dogs, sands on the earthen and sandbag dike surrounding the Stensgard home, not pictured, which overlooks a flooded outbuilding as the Red River continues to rise, Wednesday, March 25, 2009 in Fargo, N.D. Due to the flooding, the Stensgard home can only be reached by boat. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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1402 comments so far...

Ah, the red river flows north.

Posted by Pete March 27, 09 11:03 AM

hoping they're safe

Posted by goofydg1 March 27, 09 11:05 AM

This an incredible set of pictures...Impresive!

Posted by Daniel March 27, 09 11:06 AM

The Red River flows north, which is part of the trouble... melted snow flowing north into still-frozen areas. Thanks for this post -- I have family there, sandbagging and unable to evacuate due to icy highway conditions.

Posted by Kristy March 27, 09 11:08 AM

Amazing. And it's still going on. Keep these folks in your thoughts.

Posted by Matt March 27, 09 11:10 AM

Fascinating to see how communities come together to help others in need. Great pics as always.

Posted by Nathan March 27, 09 11:10 AM

@all thanks for the corrections, the red River does indeed flow north, not south.

Posted by alan taylor March 27, 09 11:17 AM

Great to see so many helping each other out. Good luck to those on both sides of the border.

Posted by Roland March 27, 09 11:18 AM

Awesome... just awesome...
Nice to see people working all at once, preventing natural disaster.

Posted by n-sw-bit March 27, 09 11:21 AM

What a mess... I saw it in the news today, here in Belgium, and I'm glad to find more pictures. And what pictures indeed! Good luck to all the people working hard to avoid an ever bigger catastrophe over the weekend. We wish you well...

Posted by Iannis March 27, 09 11:24 AM

Why hasn't someone invented a portable sandbag filling machine by now? Dump a truckload of sand in a hopper at the top, and it fills and seals hundreds or thousands of bags an hour.

Posted by Jon Mischka March 27, 09 11:31 AM

I've lived through both the midwest flood of '93 and several hurricanes here in texas and its amazing the striking difference between the reactions to floods in the locations. It seems the communities in the north think first what THEY can do to help themselves and others while those down south first think why its happening to them and who's responsibility it is to help them.

Posted by joshua williams March 27, 09 11:31 AM

The last picture explains it all...people helping people. It's awesome to see communities pull together to help one another in times like these.

Good luck.

Posted by Janet Young March 27, 09 11:34 AM

Wow! Amazing and wonderful how they are coming together, rather than simply waiting for or accepting their fate. Says a lot about the good folks in North Dakota!

Posted by Erin March 27, 09 11:45 AM

Oh god, I hope they'll make it safely, especially those who refused evacuation. Wow. Goodness.

Posted by Catrien March 27, 09 11:46 AM

Gr8 to see people helping each other.... awesome spirit.

Posted by Fly_high March 27, 09 11:49 AM

yup, hopfully it will go well around here... i live right in the middle of the flood evacuation areas... To bad the city had to forget about the south side of fargo, leaving all the houses south of the rose creek area on there own.

Posted by fargo March 27, 09 12:06 PM

My heart goes out to the residents and wish you well and may God Bless. Wonderful how you all come together.

Posted by Desiree Chamberlin March 27, 09 12:12 PM

Those are amazing people. How great to see adults and kids of all ages trying to help. Those are amazing pictures, and also I am so inspired. Thumbs down to all of us who complain about every little flake of snow. God bless those strong, wonderful people. They need more than thoughts -- they need our prayers.

Posted by Grace March 27, 09 12:17 PM

@12 - I, too, lived through the flood of '93, as well as through Katrina, and several other hurricanes. Working with relief teams in all of these disasters, I truly believe that what creates the difference between reactions is the amount of response time. With the flood of '93, my community knew that it had time to fill sandbags, and prepare for the rising water. During Katrina, my community had less than 12 hours of warning as the hurricane shifted putting our city directly in the path. Panic ensues during hurricanes because highways grow crowded extremely quickly and it is impossible to predict exactly where the hurricane will strike. Floods, though they can be equally devastating, are considerably more containable.

Posted by Heather March 27, 09 12:22 PM

#15 looks a lot like a Boy Scout uniform
They all look cold, normally flood pictures are warmer weather
All in all, an amazing amount of work and in spite of the damage, something that will probably bond the community for years to come.

Posted by Ben Mathews March 27, 09 12:24 PM

Although we are facing some pretty terrible odds, it is still the faith and hope we have that gets us through. Your thoughts and prayers are very appreciated. Although I live about 30 miles from the major flooding, my family and friends are fighting for their homes in and near Fargo/Moorhead. Some have already had to leave their homes because of rising water. I have lived here almost 30 years and am still amazed at the strength of these people. There are people here who have had to give up on their own homes who then go and help their neighbors sandbag to keep theirs! Sometimes I cry when I watch the tv news.

Posted by Kim March 27, 09 12:29 PM

My daughter and husband live 20 miles north of Fargo. They have prepared as best as they can. I lived there during the 1997 flood and this one is much much worse. Grand Forks built a huge dike after the 97 flood that will proect them to 57' -3 feet over the crest of 97. I hope Fargo is tough with the people by the river and builds a dike similar to Grand Forks so this will be the last time Fargo has to worry about flooding like this. Fargo/Moorhead has pretty much shut down to help in the sandbag and diking effort. My prayers go out to all who have already lost their homes and those that will before this is over.

Posted by Margaret Ewy March 27, 09 12:42 PM

These people are tough.

Posted by Frank March 27, 09 12:42 PM

I love the low-tech ingenuity shown in picture #10; and yes, the cooperation shown in these pictures is inspiring. Best wishes to our resourceful northern neighbors.

Posted by Ben Rosengart March 27, 09 12:44 PM

I cannot believe what I just seen! It is a lot worse that I had thought. My thoughts and prayers are with those families and friends that are dealing with such a tragedy. I am so glad that there are volunteers who take away time from their families to help those in don't see many of them around these days.

Posted by Samantha Hallbeck March 27, 09 12:53 PM

I wonder if Obama will fly in and help these people out, or if he will treat them like they did the people of Iowa with their flood last year. If Bush was still President they would be bashing him about this.

Posted by striper61 March 27, 09 12:56 PM

Wow, it's so surreal to see a frozen landscape being flooded. It looks so deceptively peaceful for such a destructive force. I've never seen anything like it.

Posted by Kyle March 27, 09 12:56 PM

Keep it up chuckles.

Posted by Frederik March 27, 09 01:03 PM

Where's Obama's FEMA?

Posted by Don Marchant March 27, 09 01:08 PM

Without the taxpayer bailout that is called the National Flood Insurance Program, people would not live in flood plains where this kind of problem is inevitable and predictable.

Posted by HermanBubbert March 27, 09 01:20 PM

I'm a proud New Orleanean that wishes I were able to be up there filling sandbags. As it is, I can only watch with hope and anxiety at the herculean efforts put forth by these folks. Most folks down here pull together too when faced with such a disaster...the media focuses on those who don't. I wish you all the absolute best.

Posted by Bob Bolin March 27, 09 01:25 PM

@27: At this point, flying in to "help these people out" would be the worst thing Pres. Obama could do. Icy runways would have to be cleared, roads would have to be plowed, people would have to work to keep the inevitable media circus under control... Hundreds of people would have to work so the President could show that he "cares", rather than work to save lives and homes. If he really cares, Obama will send in as much of the National Guard with cold-weather experience as he can and stay in DC himself.

Posted by T-D March 27, 09 01:30 PM

I'm so proud of our cities up here pulling together! That is the Midwestern work ethic for you. We will go down fighting to the end and not complain! It is a very coordinated and hard-working group we have running the show here in Fargo/Moorhead. Keep up the awesome work! Thank you all for what you are doing!!!

Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 01:32 PM

After the flood subsides, maybe we can place some emphasis on the returned combat vets who are not completely covered by A & B Medicare when they have emergency surgery on holidays (while the VA Clinic is closed) and their lives are in geopardy..................Yeah, what's up, OBAMA? victim trying to recuperate....

Posted by March 27, 09 01:35 PM

//Why hasn't someone invented a portable sandbag filling machine by now? Dump a truckload of sand in a hopper at the top, and it fills and seals hundreds or thousands of bags an hour.//

There are those down there at the sandbagging stations. I live in Grand Forks, and our "spider" is down there helping. :)

Good thoughts are with Fargo.

Posted by Crystal B March 27, 09 01:48 PM

Just a personal I watched the news coverage of the
massive flooding in the Midwest with the levee's about to break in Fargo, ND, what amazed me is not what we saw, but what we didn't see...

1. We don't see looting.
2. We don't see street violence.
3. We don't see people sitting on their rooftops waiting for the
government to come and save them.
4. We don't see people waiting on the government to do anything.
5. We don't see Hollywood organizing benefits to raise money for
people to rebuild.
6. We don't see people blaming President Obama. (Except for Don Marchant, post #30)
7. We don't see people ignoring evacuation orders.
8. We don't see people blaming a government conspiracy to blow up
the levees as the reason some have not held.
9. We don't see the US Senators or the Governor of North Dakota crying on TV.
10. We don't see the Mayors of any of these cities complaining about
the lack of state or federal response.
11. We don't see or hear reports of the police going around
confiscating personal firearms so only the criminal will be armed.
12. We don't see gangs of people going around and randomly shooting
at the rescue workers.
13. You don't see some leaders in this country blaming the bad
behavior of the North Dakota flood victims on "society" (of course there is
no wide spread reports of lawlessness to require excuses).

Posted by Bill Baxten March 27, 09 01:56 PM

President Barack Obama pledges flood support:

Posted by don March 27, 09 02:01 PM

Wow, here in Boston we're complaining that the weather is still in the's amazing that this hasn't gotten any news coverage.

Great ingenuity in #10. What I'd be interested in seeing is what happens after the must be just as tedious (if not more) to remove those sandbags.

Posted by Chris March 27, 09 02:08 PM

Really.....who cares...the river will return to its normal level in time. Why waste so much energy pointlessly? Stuff like this just points out the stupidity on mankind.

Posted by nash March 27, 09 02:21 PM

"Obama's Fema" is there and has been for awhile now. As is the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Guard. The President was fully briefed earlier this week by Senators Conrad and Dorgan and Rep. Pomeroy and members of the delegation from Minnesota, and continues to get updates. He declared ND a federal disaster area on TUESDAY. Is it so shocking to see an administration working effectively and multi-tasking that we must resort to snide remarks about the previous presidency? That's the past. Get over it.

Posted by Mandy March 27, 09 02:22 PM

@35 Don't threadjack

@31 The River's flood stage is 18' - the River is going to crest at 42' - that is a huge difference in elevation. I do not blame the people whose homes are close to being inundated for living where they live.

Those pictures are remarkable and we all should reflect and hope for the best for these strong people that are bonding together to take on something much much larger than anyone of themselves. I wish them the best.

Posted by Artie March 27, 09 02:23 PM

I was born and raised in Fargo, and still have family and friends there. The river floods every year because the ground is frozen when the snow melts so it simply flows into the river. With record snowfall this year, we knew it was going to be a bad flood but it still is an emrgency. My thoughts and prayers to my old community. Fargo rarely makes the national news unless it's wether related, but in some ways that's a good thing. You guys are gonna get through this, but keep working those sandbags! I love you all.

Posted by J P Somes March 27, 09 02:25 PM

I lived in Minneapolis in 1998 when Grand Forks, ND was flooded. my heart goes out to all the folks who live along the Red River.

Posted by matt March 27, 09 02:31 PM

@T-D #33

"Icy runways would have to be cleared, roads would have to be plowed."

Do you have any idea even where these pictures were taken? It's Fargo, ND / Moorhead, MN and NOT Siberia. They even have an International airport where real planes, even big ones, can land there.

I do agree with you that NoBama needs to stay away. These are real people who can look you in the eye and give you a firm handshake ... no teleprompter required.

Posted by FM RedHawk March 27, 09 02:40 PM

Obama is too busy with his basketball picks and being a Late Night comic to help out.

Posted by Obama will bankrupt us March 27, 09 02:42 PM

The president has been on the phone with the mayor and governers of both states
The last thing we need here is for him to show up. We are used to doing for ourselves and others who can't. We will win this thing or die trying.

Posted by Don March 27, 09 03:14 PM

#44 & #45: No time for adolescent silliness. Other posters have discussed in a mature fashion how the President is responding to this threat.

Posted by Marge Gunderson March 27, 09 03:24 PM

Unbelievable how some people always think things have to be political. Get over it already. This is a major disaster going on in all of ND. I feel for the people in Fargo/Mhd., and Bismarck but also those in Valley City, Kathryn, Fort Ransom, LaMoure, Enderlin, the list goes on and on. Many in those areas have also lost a lot. Hats off to all of you working so hard. Our prayers are with you and for the safety of all involved.

Posted by Shari March 27, 09 03:25 PM

It sucks for those people right now but then again why build homes where you know natural disasters may affect you. Whomever posted that comment about Obama, obviously voted for McCain. Leave the man alone, bet you wont complain when that stimulus check comes in your mail right!
God will help those individuals! It looks like they have everything under control and they know what their doing.

Posted by Isabel Rodriguez March 27, 09 03:26 PM

I don't understand how it can be so difficult to bomb a channel through the ice dams that are causing this flooding. With all the firepower that the military stockpiles, this should be a piece of cake to clear. What am I missing?

Posted by Mike March 27, 09 03:29 PM

For those of you who are wondering why Obama wasn't active during the Iowa flooding in 2008, the simple answer is that he WASN'T PRESIDENT, nor was even his party's official nominee yet. Iowa, like New Orleans before it, was still George W. Bush's time in office. While I am on the fence about whether Obama will fly out there (and I bet that he does), I implore you to get your facts straight before you comment on a political situation.

Posted by Matt March 27, 09 03:31 PM

I hope they get out of this one safe and sound, but i think this is the perfect excuse for Al Gore to blame it all to global warming.

Posted by Duke Nukem March 27, 09 03:37 PM

All that water is coming to us in southern Manitoba in about a week..... and the ground here is frozen solid. Plus we had a sizeable snowfall 2-3 days ago! I hope the expanded floodway around the city of Winnipeg does it's magic and keeps the water out of the city. Crossing our fingers that it's not as bad as the Flood of '97....

Posted by North of the 49th Parallel March 27, 09 03:55 PM

For those wondering why we don't see looting, and for those wondering why we don't see a lot of media coverage, the answer is actually the same to both questions -- this is a relatively sparsely-populated area compared to, say, New Orleans. Wikipedia gives a population of 99,800 for Fargo. That's a lot of people to protect, but there's no comparison to the sheer size and density of New Orleans.

To those wondering why people build in a floodplain, you might want to look at the geography of the area and consider the size of this flood. It is the worst flood the area has ever seen, which means that areas never thought at risk are now at risk. This risk is not predictable. They have already accounted for the predictable risk. Now they are dealing with the fact that Mother Nature doesn't always confine herself to that. To avoid the possibility of a flood altogether, they'd have to abandon the main business of the region -- agriculture. And unless you grow your own food, I think that's something you'd rather they kept doing.

Posted by Calli Arcale March 27, 09 03:58 PM

The events of South Dakota and New Orleans after Katrina cannot really be compared. River floods are very different from Category 4 Hurricanes that caused levee breaks. Many communities being impacted by this flood will have differing critical periods due to when and how high the river will will crest in their area and their are a lot of other variables: will ice block the flow in areas, will there be rain, snow, a warm-up? This could go on for a while, not at all like Katrina where you had high winds, rain and flooding all happening in a few hours.

Posted by Michelle2112 March 27, 09 04:01 PM

#45. Thanks there, FMREdHawk, for being such a big person and recognizing that floods and neighborliness are not partisan affairs. Thanks for rising above it all. Takes a real large soul to do that.

But you did get me curious about those "real people who can look you in the eye and give you a firm handshake." The real people of Cass County (Fargo) voted 53%-46% for Obama. The real people of Clayy County (Moorhead) voted 57%-41% for Obama.

Posted by Prairie Progressive March 27, 09 04:01 PM

The fortitude of those people is so admirable. I don't know if I would have the same courage to go on.

Posted by William J Woods March 27, 09 04:03 PM

@HermanBubbert #31

Actually, when a winding, twisting river overflows its banks and is at its highest level in 120 years, areas that aren't in the flood plane are effected.

That area is fairly flat. Once it overflows, it has no where to go. For reference, dump out a pitcher of water on your kitchen table. It goes everywhere, doesn't it?

Same thing in Fargo / Moorhead.

Posted by FM RedHawk March 27, 09 04:06 PM

I wonder if the mayor of Fargo will follow Mayor Ray Nagin's lead... step in front of a bank of microphones after the flood waters recede and declare that Fargo will once again be a "Vanilla City". How very racist of Nagin... never forget folks.
The people of New Orleans could learn a thing or ten from the fine people in Fargo, North Dakota.

Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 04:12 PM

Wow. Incredible pictures. But even more incredible Comments. #37 forgot a point: 14. You DO see right-wing hacks trying to make cheap talking points in the middle of a tragic situation. #46 is a tad bitter, too. Too bad.

Posted by mileslarboy March 27, 09 04:15 PM

From #47 - "We are used to doing for ourselves and others who can't. We will win this thing or die trying."

I only wish more people had that philosophy. What a great quote!

Posted by natman March 27, 09 04:16 PM

After draining every wetland in the watershed they then funneled the
water through levees to narrow points in the cities so they could build
on the flood plain.

Now the developers and bankers have the money and stuck a bunch of losers
with the flooding. The farmers reap wheat, beets and beans on drained land
and wildlife is squeezed out and mass flooding occurs.

And the taxpayer is stuck for it.

Posted by Joe Taxpayer March 27, 09 04:23 PM

This is Wendy from the American Red Cross. We're sending in more than 150 volunteers. I believe the count is over 400 now.

You can follow real time response updates at

These are incredibly moving photos. Thank you.

Posted by Wendy Harman March 27, 09 04:24 PM

We have three sandbagging machines at work and are cranking out 400,000 plus sandbags a day. Thanks to our Canadian friends for bring down the machines.
Those of you slamming the President had better watch your tongue as the federal gov't was in-state on time and at work and the President wasn't flying overhead oblivious to the problem - GROW UP!
As you will notice people in this area of the US are working to save the town and not waiting for someone to bail our butts out!!
Go North Dakotans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jim March 27, 09 04:27 PM

These pictures are so inspiring. They make me proud to be a resident of North Dakota.

Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 04:27 PM

I lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota when the Red River flooded in 1997 - it's really sad and horrible. Say what you want about North Dakota, but these are tough, tough people and the way the community pulls together is absolutely amazing. I sandbagged for a week - it was sad, inspiring and also made you feel great humility at the power of Mother Nature.

Posted by Pernilla March 27, 09 04:30 PM

Obama will bankrupt us,

YOU MUST BE A REPUBLICAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by gus March 27, 09 04:35 PM

These pictures make me so proud to be a resident of North Dakota. They truly show how kind and hard working these people are.

Posted by ND Resident March 27, 09 04:59 PM

I hope all the celebs and all the others that cried for New Orleans come out to raise funds to help these people. Natural disasters happen all over our country, but only a select few seem to really get national support.

Posted by George March 27, 09 05:00 PM

God Bless you all!! Good luck and stay safe!

Posted by Deb March 27, 09 05:08 PM

I am from the area and was evacuated from my home this morning. I am really proud of our officials and everyone in our community and the surrounding communities, not to mention all the people who came from far away to help us. We have gotten 100% support from government agencies and they have been working nonstop to do whatever is possible.
It is hard to see people making snide remarks about the people who are here helping us get through this..If you aren't here personally helping out please don't put down those who are here really making a difference in our community.

Posted by Mel March 27, 09 05:11 PM

another great excuse for the insurance companies to raise my flood insurance again...

Posted by HtwoO March 27, 09 05:24 PM

We lived in Oakport Township, north of Moorhead, MN, across the Red River from Fargo, from 1996 to 2001. Having moved there from another state, we were unaware of the history of the flooding in the area. During the '97 Flood, we were able to hire a company to build an earthen dike around our house, so it was saved. They told us that it was a 100-year or possibly even a 500-year flood. We didn't believe them, and now we no longer live there. But, our hearts go out to the people who are working so hard to save their homes. These are friendly, hard-working Americans, and they shouldn't have to worry about floods like these year after year. I hope that a permanent solution can be found!

Posted by Persephone March 27, 09 05:29 PM

Lots of interesting comments about the social differences between North Dakota and New Orleans. What it boils down to is the inherent differences in the two cultures. North Dakotans are historically a hearty breed, facing cold winters on a regular business, with a history of hard agricultural work in their forebearers. Their response to this challenge highlights their underlying ethics: they bond together to tackle the problem without expectations that an outside force will do it for them. The culture in New Orleans meanwhile seems to be a bit different, involving histrionic hand-wringing, a woe-is-me attitude, a who-is-going-to-help-me mantra that is the result of their upbringing.

Have you visited either place? I have, and the difference from spending time in each is palpable. One is not 'better' than the other, nor is it because of individuals trying to be either self-sufficient or dependent. It is their heritage. Take time to read Malcolm Gladwell's most recent book "Outliers". It explains it well.

Posted by professorJ March 27, 09 05:33 PM

it's not just fargo and grand forks and bismarck. There are many small towns that are completely under water. Creeks that sometimes dry up in the summer are now reaching double digits in depth.

This is a real disaster and the effects will be felt for years to come.

Posted by bismarck March 27, 09 05:48 PM

To Comment #21 - The reason the sandbaggers look cold is because it is cold. On Wednesday, while in the midst of fighting back the river and getting the sandbags ready Mother Nature dumped seven inches on snow/rain on us. The temperatures are below freezing!

And to #37 - The reason you don't see any of that going on is because we in the Red River Valley aren't going to take any of it! People have banded together to save their towns. We don't just sit around and think poor us...someone save us.

Posted by Neighbor to the south March 27, 09 05:49 PM

Wow!!. What a community? These pictures represents what people can do when they come together. Hope we do not have to fight red river flood ever again. Of course that would be possible only if there is a permanent solution to the problem.

Posted by PKdash March 27, 09 05:49 PM

If they are doing any kind of "donation" program for these hard-working people, let us in the trucking industry know. I'm sure there would be a huge show of support for them.

Posted by Pat Blair March 27, 09 05:56 PM

Thanks so much for putting these pics up and spreading the word about this flood! I live in south Fargo, right next to the Rose Creek Golf Course and currently my house is about a block away from two sandbag dikes protecting my residential area and i might be evacuated soon.

Posted by Ivan Clow March 27, 09 05:58 PM

For those who insist on politicizing this tragedy, Obama's FEMA is on-site, assessing the situation and providing resources as expected. Oh you didn't check the FEMA web site or read the local ND papers to find this out before making such a moronic and pointless comment? Probably because your head was stuck so far up your Republican a$$ - typical.

What a shame that in an article depticting the best of America, you have to bring out the worst of it. Do us all a favor and delete your account - its not like you actually read anything anyway.

Posted by Jim Doyle aka 'Come See Me' March 27, 09 05:59 PM

I live in Bismarck and as of the last few days the flood waters here have subsided. Right now I'm watching a live press conference being held here. The president of FEMA is here along with state and local representatives, and Senator Kent Conrad just recieved a call which they put on speaker phone for the conference from President Obama. The government, military, and local citizens reacted to the flood problem in record time. I myself was out sandbagging, and now that we 'won' the battle for Bismarck, my hopes and prayers go out to Fargo and all the other cities in the upper midwest and Canada. Good luck and God bless.

Posted by Erik K March 27, 09 05:59 PM

May God Bless and protect these brave people. I'm with # 74 the culture is very different in ND, and bless them for it. It is refeshing to see the in our great God fearing country that there are still some real people who have the guts and strentgth to work for themselves. And so what if the population is more sparce the in New Orleans. Does this make these brave and loving people less worthy of our help and support. You go North Dekota because the Lord is watching and remembering those who hold His ways and live by them.

Posted by Shel Kanalley March 27, 09 06:04 PM

My heart goes out to the people who are going thru the flooding. I live in Cedar Rapids IA and had to go thru the floods last June. I dont wish it on anyone we lost everything we owned due to it. And didnt receive much assistance from FEMA. I agree w #69....... May the power of masses prevail and give you the srength to carry on. Good luck to all.

Posted by K.Scott March 27, 09 06:04 PM

North Dakota is a beautiful state filled with the greatest people I've ever met. Once you protect your homes, I hope you find your way to dry land. And all you Cobbers (Moorhead) out there--Lots of love!

Posted by Jenny March 27, 09 06:14 PM

This is an awesome learning experience for everyone everywhere. I'm glad people will see this and apply it to their community situations. I'm glad to be living in a community like this. I wish everyone whose houses may flood good luck and GOD Bless you all.

Posted by ND citizen March 27, 09 06:14 PM

@#50 - natural disasters 'may' happen anywhere. And for everyone who is talking about others should come help.. Obama doesnt need to visit, and I've had friends call the Fargo Dome, and they were told not to come. God Bless everyone in ND!

Posted by inOakesND March 27, 09 06:23 PM

I agree with 74. I have been helping sandbag in Fargo and Grand Forks since Monday, even though I sprained an ankle on Wednesday (can still hold the bags under the hopper and tie them!) The attitude up here is amazing, these communities have been outside sandbagging 24 hours a day in single digit temperatures, thunderstorms on Monday and a blizzard from Tuesday-Thursday. My prayers go out to those in Fargo, with the interstate closed now Grand Forks can't send volunteers down there anymore.
For those of you not from the area: Yes it is a floodplain however, Fargo is seeing river levels higher than they have ever been, even in 1897. Those houses have never been a "flood plain". In Grand Forks the area along the river that would flood in a "normal year" became the Greenway- a bike/running path and park instead of the houses being rebuilt. The people of North Dakota and Minnesota do not wait to see who or what government agency can help them, they band together with their neighbors to save their communities.

Posted by UNDStudent March 27, 09 06:24 PM

I grew up in ND and I am so damn proud to say it! There is nothing in this world as stong as a community tied together for the greater good. Go North this world that we are made of stronger stuff. I am with you in spirit!

Posted by ND Girl in FL March 27, 09 06:26 PM

I moved to North Dakota and worked there for about ten years. These pictures highlight what I came to know first hand about North Dakotans. They are honest, hard-working people who work together for the good of the neighborhood, the community, and yes, even the state. I am a better person today because of the time I spent in North Dakota. I only wish I was still there to pitch in and help.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Former ND resident March 27, 09 06:35 PM

My brother is stuck in this mess also, he has been sandbaggin' for days! I just hope that our president will not put us in the predicament that the old president did in New Orleans! If so, maybe Brad Pitt will come save all of you!

May god bless you and keep you all safe!

Posted by Eastern Montana March 27, 09 06:39 PM

We folks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are keeping those folks living by the Red River in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tom's Mom March 27, 09 06:46 PM

I am proud to be a North Dakotan right now. This isn't only happening in the Fargo/Moorhead area, but almost the entire state of ND. People need to just quit comparing natural disasters and society's reaction all together. We are in this now and we will overcome. Thoughts to all those that are being evacuated all over ND!

Posted by Proud to be in ND March 27, 09 06:57 PM

I went to college in Wessington Springs, SD many years ago and had many friends from the Fargo and Jamestown areas. We witnessed the Epic Surge of flooding in Eastern Iowa last June. Many of the posts reiterate the attitude of midwesterners and their work ethics. My prayers and thoughts are with all of the people in that area.

Posted by Joyce Aurner Schultz March 27, 09 07:04 PM

"He declared ND a federal disaster area on TUESDAY. Is it so shocking to see an administration working effectively and multi-tasking that we must resort to snide remarks about the previous presidency? "

The governor declared statewide flood emergency March 13, eleven days before Obama declared it a Federal Disaster Area. Eleven days....

Posted by Don Marchant March 27, 09 07:12 PM

Quick comment, those helecopters and Soldiers are from the Army National Guard not the Air National Guard. Check any other published pictures on this flood. Good luck to all hope the predictions are wrong.

Posted by Dave March 27, 09 07:14 PM

#74 "...are historically a hearty breed, facing cold winters on a regular business, with a history of hard agricultural work in their forebearers."

Yes, of course, no black person has ever spent a hard life on a farm in the history of this country.

Hurricane Katrina saw millions trying to evacuate, with many too poor to do so, and very little warning. It's awe-inspiring to see communities in North Dakota come together like this, and I hope they beat this, but to turn this into a black v. white debate is repulsive at best.

Posted by Yael March 27, 09 07:17 PM

I moved up to North Dakota when I was 16. I could have gone to college anywhere I wanted, but I stayed because of these people. The spirit, the work ethic, and the communalism they display in the face of adversity makes you want to be a better person.

Posted by Cory March 27, 09 07:19 PM

@ Mike #51 - The ice jam that was blocking the Missouri River and causing the flooding in Bismarck was broken up with 3 rounds of dynamite charges. The Missouri is now flowing again and the flooding around Bismarck has subsided somewhat. The flooding of the Red River in Fargo and other areas in the RRV is not caused by any specific ice jam. It's just a river swollen with the runoff of five months of heavy snowfall, flowing north into even colder temperatures.

Posted by Bismarck Gal March 27, 09 07:21 PM

@50 -- Where, pray tell, is this magical place immune to natural disasters? Tornados, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards -- there's not one place in this country where the hand of Mother Nature can't slap you in the face. No one in the area could ever have predicted a flood projected to exceed the 500-year flood interval by more than 2 feet.

Posted by Fargoan March 27, 09 07:21 PM

I don't live in the Midwest anymore, but Minnesota will always be my home state. These are my people and I couldn't be more proud. I sandbagged during the '97 flooding and was able to experience the exceptional selfless community effort that goes into a project like this. Every part of me wishes I could be there now to help. The good thoughts are flowing from all over the globe... We're rooting for you!

Posted by Jacnpdx March 27, 09 07:24 PM

My uncle lives in Oxbow and I understand his house is already flooded. I have other friends and relatives that live in Fargo/Moorhead. One of my friends was evacuated yesterday when they said the only remaining road out for him would be flooded. My thoughts and prayers are with them all!

Posted by Marya March 27, 09 07:31 PM

I wish the best for these residents. This flooding is not that uncommon in that area, however, and some hard decisions need to be made. Development close to the river ought to be relocated or rebuilt on stilts. Or levees need to be built along the affected areas. Or some communities should be relocated. Or the river should be re-channelized and deepened. The last option is obviously very expensive. But something should be done to keep this from happening every few years.

Posted by toycannon March 27, 09 07:41 PM

I live 60 miles north of Fargo and I don't believe it's fair to compare states or political parites when a disaster is happening like this. I hope, and so should everyone else, that the residents of the Fargo/Moorhead and the surrounding community will be safe after this flood. No one thing is to blame for this, it's unfortunately the way mother nature works. I am also proud to be a North Dakotan and hope that everyone, who is affected by the flood, is able to get through this. God bless you all and stay safe.

Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 07:53 PM

Thank you to those who are thinking of us. We really appreciate all of your prayers.
@47- "We are used to doing for ourselves and others who can't. We will win this thing or die trying."
I couldn't have said it better myself. This is our philosophy around here.
It's truly amazing how many people are uniting in these communities to help out. Most surprisingly, is how many college students have been helping out, all of their volunteer work is GREATLY appreciated.
read this :

Posted by Dave March 27, 09 08:07 PM

God Bless you all!

Posted by TK March 27, 09 08:09 PM

I lived in Fargo for 10 years. Someone here asked why no one has invented a sand bag machine. Great question. A quick Google shows many patents, but tough to find a finished product. The only thing close, which expels sand but doesn't seal the bag nor pile it is at But even this at least seems like it would save a huge amount of time and back breaking shovel work...

Posted by David March 27, 09 08:09 PM

I am so proud to say I am from North Dakota. Political whatever aside, they show the true spirit of people helping people and what we should all do to help one another out, as human beings. I am thinking of you all and sending you my love and prayers, I am cheering for you and will be with you in spirit!

Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 08:47 PM

Shut up about New Orleans. The only thing relating the two events is enormous quantities of water.

Shut up about politics. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are waterproof.

Shut up about Obama. He's aware of the situation, and has pledged his support in the only way that actually matters. A speech from the top of a dike is not going to make the river go down, and a single sandbag placed in front of a camera isn't going to hold it back. A small city already gridlocked in the middle of a record-breaking disaster can not be bothered to further disrupt the transport of sandbags and emergency resources to accommodate a presidential entourage and the sensationalist national media that follow it.

Oh, and here's my obligatory claim to credibility: I live 100 yards from what is normally the east bank of the Red, inside the mandatory evacuation zone in southwest Moorhead. I'm not going anywhere.

Posted by Austin Flom March 27, 09 08:53 PM

I wish those affected the best of luck or at least the peace of mind knowing you fought the good fight. I was in cedar rapids sandbagging for 11 hours only to watch as water broke our wall built to about six feet above the record flood it was eventually covered by 6 feet of water.

Posted by Ian March 27, 09 08:53 PM

I live in the Fargo Moorhead area and am in the flood fight myself. All I have to say is I see the best of the best stand side by side in this fight, and all you have to do is look left or look to your right in a sandbag line to see an everyday hero on the job.

Thank you all!

Posted by Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson March 27, 09 08:58 PM

I live here and want some of you to know that this state is VERY flat. It has almost all been in a flood zone this spring. This is a great place to live and have a family. We are neighbors and family here. I know my neighbors well and they are all great people.

Posted by NDbornAndraised March 27, 09 09:05 PM

I hope they'll make it safely, especially those who refused evacuation

Posted by JC Couto March 27, 09 09:17 PM

I live in Bismarck. I volunteered to fill sandbags and also helped to deliver the bags where needed. The feeling of the community effort in the Civic Center was energizing. We worked long, and we worked hard. Though the work is exhausting, the feeling of coming together as one, for the common goal of helping and protecting each other is indescribable. All of our leaders, including President Obama, came through for us, swiftly and effectively. The circumstances are overwhelming. Our rivers and creeks have taken on unprecidented amounts of runoff from overwhelming amounts of snowfall. In spite of it all, we will survive and endure it through the help of our fellowman. I wish it didn't take disasters to bring people together as one.

Posted by Leslie Glass March 27, 09 09:21 PM

I'm from Moorhead and I pray we can all get through this!!

#95 and #105 Agreed!

Posted by U of Minn. Student March 27, 09 09:31 PM

For all of you taking cheap shots at the President while my town is inundated by an unprecedented flood, thank you for being so sensitive and constructive. I guess it goes to show exactly what you are worth.

Posted by Tommy J March 27, 09 09:39 PM

@ # 40: stuff like what? stuff as in people from hundreds of miles away joining together to help save homes, lives, and a city? or stuff as in your comment? because to me, your comment is the epitome of the TRUE stupidity on mankind.

Its not just "stuff" its peoples lives.

Posted by Justine March 27, 09 09:43 PM

I could not read many of these comments. I am here, in the middle. My daughter has been sandbagging ALL week. IMO, the Feds arrived and are trying to take credit for what the local have done, have always done, and will always do. We might like some help cleaning up, paying the bills and stuff, but please do not ride into town on your white horses and say, now, at the final hour, what and how we should do it. Our Mayor was here in '97, is experienced and has been doing a fantastic job. Please do not try to take the credit away from him. Read # 37

Posted by SJL March 27, 09 10:02 PM

good to see many people volunteering to help!!
nice unity shown, of course, nice photographs..
but, being a photographer, all the pics looked pale to me.
but the people's position is miserable!
feeling sorry.

Posted by Arun Kamal March 27, 09 10:04 PM

The basic and most bottom line is that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Might it not be a tad more practical to take at least the worst potential residential areas and move them to higher ground and commute a bit to farm them.

Commuting may cost a bit but rebuilding decade after decade and all the associated loss of time, property, loved items, etc., I am most sure costs a heck of a lot more.

It’s time for this and other flood prone areas to look at the overall and long term course of life, rather than just the next year or two!

Posted by Peter Folger March 27, 09 10:19 PM

Wishing you strong arms and back for sandbagging and I hope you and yours are all safe. To all ND/MN folks.

Posted by TracyZ March 27, 09 10:22 PM

I have ties to family and friends up in the Fargo and Moorhead areas - both towns of which my husband and I were residents and students at the local college and universities. It is not only homes and people who are being saved. Our niece is currently at NDSU, involved in the rescue effort of all the animals. As a vet tech student, they are accepting as many animals as they can house. She works mostly with the horses, of which they normally have 85-100, but are expecting that to double. They are starting to run short on feed and bedding. PetSmart is sending help for the small animals once they reach 350 of these. They are working round the clock, skipping meals, showers and sometimes sleep. She has now been evacuated from her house but says she is still able to get to the stables. She says she's exhausted, but living on adrenaline. Please keep them in your prayers.

Posted by Julie Andersen March 27, 09 10:25 PM

On Wednesday I had a few friends that were in trouble so a few co-works and me grabbed our trucks and headed out to get our trucks filled with sandbags. We couldn't find any place to get sandbags because so many people were waiting in line to get sandbags, so we finally found a place to pick them up. Once we got to this new place we ended up waiting in a line of over 100 trucks for 2 and half hours. Most of the people in the line didn't need the sandbags, they were just there to get sandbags and drive around in the flooded areas and drop them off to anyone that needed them. After waiting in line for sandbags all of our friends had already gotten sandbags from other people. So, we waited another hour or so and got our trucks filled up and drove on down to the flooded areas and backed up our trucks to any house that needed them. We didn't ask name or anything like that, we just wanted to help any way we could. We tried to fill sandbags also but there was no room for us since so many people were already helping. Here in the Dakotas we don't ask for Gov't help, we just do it. My company Bobcat had skid steers, Toolcats, and semi-tractor trailers helping out within minutes of the start of the flooding. I think helping people and working hard is just a part of our nature. We never ask for help, we just always give it. People around here were already helping people before they could even ask for it. I love the people in the upper midwest and they always amaze me with their strength in character.

Posted by Travis March 27, 09 10:32 PM

It's difficult to see my high school (Moorhead HS) serving as an evacuation site and my college, Concordia, evacuated. I left the midwest 23 years ago and I have memories of floods but nothing to compare with what they are faced with. I was raised with a strong work ethic and to always help your neighbors. It's the way things are in Fargo-Moorhead and it's refreshing to see everyone working together and helping where ever they can. Let's hope this will open some eyes and permanent levees will be built to prevent future floods. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone effected in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Posted by Nancy Lyngby March 27, 09 10:42 PM

I see the best and the worst in the American people reading through this thread. Good luck to all of those bracing for the unprecedented flood. I am thrilled that people have gotten so much aid, in a timely manner. I'm praying for all of you!

Posted by Colleen March 27, 09 10:45 PM

I want to thank all the people who came in buses, and personal vehicles offering their time and resources. I ran into people from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Canada who came to help! It was so awesome, humbling, and inspiring. People called the local radio stations offering help and equipment. People who maybe could not throw a sandbag were bringing hot homemade cookies and other food and beverages out to the volunteers. Others offered child care. There was such a community spirit and a "pay it forward" attitude. There were kids from grade school through college helping. Thank you seems inadequate but is heartfelt! Thank you to all who helped in so many ways!

Posted by Moorhead evacuee March 27, 09 10:45 PM

North Dakotans are hardworking, proud people who don't wait around for someone else to bail them out! They dive right into the problem and try to solve it.
God bless you all. Keep your spirits up. You can beat this, if you continue to work together!

Posted by Cheryl Langevine, Colorado March 27, 09 10:52 PM

North Dakotans are hardworking, proud people who don't wait around for someone else to bail them out! They dive right into the problem and try to solve it.
God bless you all. Keep your spirits up. You can beat this, if you continue to work together!

Posted by Cheryl Langevine, Colorado March 27, 09 10:53 PM

God Bless all the folks affected by the flooding in all area of ND, MN and Canada. Our prayers are with you ! We were in Grand Forks in '97 and remember the hard work and the devastation following the flood. God Bless the Red Cross workers, the National Guard, United Way and all those who give their time and muscle to help out.

Posted by Marie and Steve McIntyre March 27, 09 10:55 PM

I do feel sympathy for the people, but as a person who has lived my entire life in MN, MT, SD and now WI; I still won't live anywhere near a river that can cause me harm. In the Midwest, you take your chances with the tornadoes and blizzards, but they are still isolated events that any prudent person can protect yourself against. Living in an area that has the potential to flood you out even once in a 100 years or more is simply not worth it. Criticism of New Orleans for building below sea level is warranted. Criticism of those living in a flood plain is warranted too, especially the government that allows you to build in a treacherous area.

Posted by Prudence March 27, 09 11:01 PM

Im from Cedar Rapids Iowa and I remember the projected water levels coming in and being announced every day. They got higher and higher and the last couple days they were so high that none of the levees and dikes here were tall enough, everybody knew that nothing was tall enough to hold the water back. I see that in the Fargo area the predicted water levels are going to be higher then in 97. What surprised everyone around here is that the water levels far exceeded the previous water level predictions, I hope it dosen't happen In the Fargo-Moorehead area. All they need now is a warming trend to really do some damage. Hold on Fargo, you'll make it.

Posted by Dan From Cedar Rapids Iowa March 27, 09 11:02 PM

These pictures are horrific and amazing at the same time. I wish you all in ND and Manitoba the best of luck in this incredibly difficult time. Your efforts are heroic!
Those who wish to bring politics into this need to STFU! This isn't the place nor the time.

Posted by ageekymom March 27, 09 11:12 PM

I relocated to Bismarck from Fargo 2 years ago, and hoped to get reprieve from spring floods. This past week, the water in our community rose to historic levels… I spent hours @ the Civic Center shoveling sand from a pile into bags to support my neighbors. A woman dressed in a purple sweatshirt and jeans worked feverishly next to me. She inspired me to work harder, and I did. It didn't surprise me to hear the name of this woman of such strong character… her name is Mikey Hoeven -- the First Lady of this great state.

Posted by David Aichele March 27, 09 11:19 PM

I really do not believe that many of the people from outside of this wonderful area that supplies such a majority of our national food supply understand that this really is part of the breadbasket of our great nation. While we get enamoured with the Red River of the North that is devistating the towns and cities along its path, many villages and farms and other parts of the landscape are being challenged in their survival. The one outstanding attribute about this adventure is the outpouring of volunteerism from around the area. There are not a great number of individuals looking for a free handout. Years ago I worked a smaller flood on the same river and a volunteer worker from another distant state came in to assist in the recovery and she asked us where are the victims, my co-worker and myself replied with their friends and relatives and others. She never did quite understand our culture.

Posted by Roger H. Ophus March 27, 09 11:26 PM

Thank you 117. as a fargo resident taking a quick sleep before heading out to sandbag again tomorrow, it helps to know that somebody else noticed how insensitive and idiotic 40s comment was. all that we are trying to do is protect out city. even the most moronic contestant on are you smarter than a fifth grader knows that the river will go back down. we are trying to protect our city, our property and peoples well being. if that makes me stupid than im proud to be stupid and ill gladly stand by and let the high and mighty "smart" people like nash point out that were dumb. because we all know that anybody retarded enough to post a comment like that deserves to have this happen to them with nobody helping them out.

Posted by NDSU student March 27, 09 11:33 PM


Posted by james johnson March 27, 09 11:41 PM

Sad to see the so politicized. Good luck and best wishes to everyone in ND - it's always great to see people banding together.

Posts blaming the tragedy in New Orleans on the people of the city are difficult for me to see. There were hard working people who gave everything they had to that city and had their homes flooded and lives ruined despite doing all they could. It was a national tragedy and embarrassment, regardless of your political beliefs or the color of your skin.

Posted by Blake March 27, 09 11:42 PM

#40- You're an idiot. " Really.....who cares...the river will return to its normal level in time. Why waste so much energy pointlessly? Stuff like this just points out the stupidity on mankind." Well if people weren't out there making all these sandbags and dikes, the ENTIRE Fargo-Moorhead area would be under water. I guess that's a reason why people, in your words, WASTE energy to save 100,000+ people and their homes. Your comment points out your incredible amount of stupidity

Posted by Andrew March 27, 09 11:43 PM

Here's how you can compare New Orleans and North Dakota - after Katrina the North Dakota National Guard were among the first to respond to New Orleans, the provided the much needed water supply thousands of evacuees. there were also multiple groups of electricians, construction companies, engineers, medical personnel, semi-loads of food, water, generators...the list goes on and on. The people of ND don't only take of their own- they attempt to take care of the rest of the country, too. One group of students returned from a mission trip to New Orleans on Sunday, changed their clothes and started sandbagging. That's why we live here! Thanks to those of you with your kind of words. hope

Posted by Proud North Dakotan March 27, 09 11:43 PM

The pictures are overwhelming. And the people are the best...I love my state and all the seasons we have here. Our family have been in floods in Jamestown in the late '40s. It is difficult but the help and encouragement and cooperation there were unsurpassed and made it all bearable. May God bless eveyone through this trying time. Vi March 27, 2009

Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 11:47 PM

I see a couple of you are attacking Obama. Do you expect him to solve all of the problems in the world in a few days??? Get real. I have no political preference but to blame someone who is thrown into the presidency with the many problems he inherited.......I'd advise you to learn more about the "bigger picture".

I no longer live in Bismarck but grew up there & thought you (whoever commented on that) REALLY knew bettet than that! Try to focus on helping in whatever way you can to contribute to helping at this time and stop "blaming" anyone.

Speaking of "blame", what are YOU doing to contirubute to a food bank to help feed people during these troubled times????


Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 11:58 PM

Re: #37 This is also a flood, not a hurricane. There is a huge difference between the two disasters, what is happening in Fargo/Moorhead is hardly comparable to what happened in New Orleans. You don't see any of those things because of the fundamental differences in the predictability of, and ability to prepare a population for, a flooding river compared with a hurricane. Hurricanes change course and gain power on a much more unpredictable timeline than a flooding river, it is nearly impossible to predict more than a few days before a hurricane strikes a location, and even more difficult how powerful it will be once it gets there. Rivers flood regularly and the severity of the flood can be predicted—as it was in Fargo—based on the river's history, the weather conditions during the preceding winter, and a long list of other factors. It is not the case that these people found out last night that their city was turning into a lake, and that the entire area was evacuated in less than 24 hours. People have been working to protect Fargo and Moorhead from this flood for more than a week, and will continue to do so as long as a river runs through it. Your comparison is myopic and unfair. And, for the record, there are people in these cities who are not leaving their homes, do some research.

Posted by gboone42 March 28, 09 12:14 AM

@40 "Really.....who cares...the river will return to its normal level in time. Why waste so much energy pointlessly? Stuff like this just points out the stupidity on mankind."
Wow, Nash. First, let me say, awesome comment!! Thank you for pointing out what a complete jackass you are. You are unquestionably helping in the discovery of individuals who contribute, to use your words, to the stupidity of mankind. Saves me the time. My thoughts and prayers go to all those people who are working so hard to save their homes, families and businesses. The pictures are a true testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of mankind. I'm from Winnipeg and I hope our improved flood system can withhold the coming onslaught.

Posted by Andy March 28, 09 12:17 AM

It isn't about being a democrat or republican, it's about coming together as a community and trying to save what we can. The government is doing what they can, and the volunteers are amazing! It is truly remarkable to see everyone volunteering to save homes of people that they don't even know. And a huge thank you to all the college students in the area, because if it wasn't for them, the city might be under water already.

Posted by Kelsey March 28, 09 12:20 AM

Politics, population, demographics, and previous natural disasters have nothing to do with what is happening to the Red River Valley. If this community has taught me anything that stuck, it is the importance of banning together as a whole in the face of what many would consider a disaster. I lived in Moorhead during the first flood, and remember sandbags at the end of the street over six feet high, holding back what I thought was a pretty cool sight, too young to understand what was happening. Now having lived in different communities, in different countries, I feel a sense of pride for coming from a place where you don't hear people complaining about traffic inconveniences with a closed and jammed interstate. You don't see sandbaggers without local restaurants and grills making sure no one is cold or hungry. And for those who are cold, tired, and afraid...they need only to look around them and see that their life-long neighbors or neighbor-at- heart fighting beside them. The heart of the F-M community is in the people, not just the houses. For those affected, I wish you hope. For those watching from a distance, I wish you gratitude. And for those who know Fargo-Moorhead, pride.

Posted by Kristin March 28, 09 12:31 AM

I lived in Fargo for 33 years before moving to Omaha. Having lived here for 14 years, I still have a strong desire to move back "home". Seeing the character of all the residents, volunteers, and everyone else pitching in up there just strengthens my yearning to be back up north. My folks live in Fargo and just evacuated today to my brother's house in the lakes area. I wish everyone the strength to carry on and strongly urge all to consider a summertime celebration of comradery and thanks. Good luck--I'll be up there soon.

Posted by Pat from Omaha March 28, 09 12:32 AM

May NATURE "bless" you all!

Posted by Nico March 28, 09 12:41 AM

Thanks to everyone wishing the FM area well. I'm one of the many college students from the area and we have been doing all we can to help our community. Unfortunately, we got evacuated and can no longer help fight the flood. We all need good morale, hopes and prayers. Also, we need our post-flood clean up efforts to be strong! Thank you to every single person who helped sandbag! Your efforts are not unrecognized, and they were definitely not worthless.

Keep up the strong fight Fargo/Moorhead, and stay positive! We WILL get through this together!!

Posted by Jessica March 28, 09 12:41 AM

God bless the FM area and the rest of north dakota. After seeing my family's house go under in this flood i wish no one would have to go through what we did. all we can do is hope for the best! Thoughts and prayers to everyone in the area.
p.s. to all of you who are complaining about obama. this has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS. no president could EVER prevent this, so stop bashing our president and other politicians for doing what they can. there is no way to stop mother nature so get that through your heads and stop being so bitter because that the president you voted for didn't win, grow up.

Posted by fm girl March 28, 09 12:42 AM

I'm a college student and I've lived in Moorhead for 3 years now. I've been sandbagging for the last week, trying to save a friends house along the river. Early this morning, we were told to evacuate our town house, but we decided to stay and help sandbag. It's amazing the high spirits people have, considering what they have to lose! I'm home to take some tylenol, then back at it! (the last couple mornings, I couldn't lift my hands to my face :( )

Posted by Nicole March 28, 09 01:05 AM

For those of you from elsewhere, you likely do not understand just how flat the Red River Valley truly is. The grade is about a 12 inch drop in a mile, less than the curvature of the Earth (about 15 inches in a mile). There is no higher ground to relocate. It's this flat because it is not really a river flood plain, rather the dry lake bed of Lake Agassiz, a glacial lake from the most recent Ice Age. The agricultural quality of its soil is what attracts and keeps its population (only two other regions on this planet have better soil, the Midwest from Southern Minnesota and Iowa to Ohio, and the Ukraine).

Posted by S Johnson March 28, 09 01:05 AM

Wow. I am amazed by the comments here.

This isn't about politics. This is about people losing their homes. Everyone should step back a moment and think about that. How would you feel if you were in that position today?

Also, Fargo's Republican Mayor interviewed on CNN today. He indicated that the coordination among Federal, State and Local agencies is terrific. He was very pleased to have gotten a call from President Obama who wanted to make sure he had everything he needed to secure the city. He also said that, while FEMA's role is usually recovery and assistance after a disaster, Secretary Napolitano had already sent a lead Administrator to the area to begin the process and coordinate with local governments and the State.

Let's work on saving homes and having positive thoughts for people in a very tough position today.

Posted by Elise March 28, 09 01:34 AM

I am so proud of everyone for doing what they can! I live just south of Fargo in Breckenridge, MN that just got flooded 4 days ago. Luckly our house didn't get hit but I saw so many that did. It is so sad but I wouldn't live anywhere else. As you can see the people here are the nicest, toughest, giving people. I am proud to be apart of this community!

Posted by Amanda March 28, 09 01:57 AM

As a person who married into the Melroe Bobcat family of Gwinner I can attest to the self reliance of the North Dakota people. If you want something done in these farm areas for crying out loud its no big deal for them to just do it themselves. And if the something is so big it requires coordinating w your neighbors then they just do it and do it quickly.
. One additional thought: in 20 years of living in the farm country of northernm California I have seen a funny thing happen over and over. If a job applicant has North Dakota as his or her home state he is ALWAYS put at the front of the line. Why? Well its not often the person has a problem w the issue of having a good work ethic. Or honesty.

Posted by steven melroe bloxham March 28, 09 02:02 AM

I wish there were more states like ND, and we wouldn't be in the financial mess we are in right now. We typically don't follow the Nat'l trend because we have a good work ethic. It surprises me that more states don't catch on to that concept. We are snow birds, and can't wait to get back to Fargo! God bless everyone in this survival mode.

Posted by Joan Fiechtner March 28, 09 02:20 AM

It has to be (re)said: North Dakota sucks and South Dakota blows.

Just kidding. But to the people who said "move to higher ground", it's like, 'what higher ground?' It's a very plain place.

Posted by John H. March 28, 09 02:41 AM

From Kentucky, our hearts and thoughts are with those who are working so hard through this difficult time! You all make us proud to be Americans!

Posted by John Boyd March 28, 09 02:45 AM

I was born and raised in North Dakota and lived in Fargo in 1997 and remember my office closing and all of us going and sandbagging. I no longer live in North Dakota but still have family and friends that do. My heart goes out to all that are fighting this again. I have lived in other states and even other countries and have not seen anything that matches the North Dakota spirit. I know in my heart that North Dakota/Minnesota will beat this with the all the grace that we were born with. May GOD bless you and your families and help you thru this.

Posted by MadAngel March 28, 09 03:08 AM

People should LIVE in areas near water, the flood, especially when people get rid of the wet lands. People are idiots.

Posted by Simon Punk March 28, 09 05:19 AM

I can't sleep and have been reading the news on Fargo. Talk about real strength! The people in your area are truly amazing. Those of you who say you are proud to be from North Dakota/Minnesota - you have every right to be proud and stand tall. I am keeping you in my thoughts...
Susan in Ames, IA

Posted by Susan Harrington March 28, 09 05:37 AM

Two things:

1. how the hell come they're using explosives, instead of CHAINSAWS?

A bunch of army-types, working steadily with chainsaws, can open ice relentlessly.

2. how come they aren't investing in a cheap icebreaker, if the climatewreck is going to be making this sort of thing common?

Posted by Me March 28, 09 06:09 AM

@151 Thank you for pointing out how flat it is! To all the people who say F-M or GF should just move to higher ground - there isn't any. And you have to understand that Fargo is not having a routine flood - it is the biggest flood they have ever had, therefore the houses that have never been in flood danger are now counting on the contingency dikes to hold.
Also, while sandbagging is not an easy job at all, I am amazed at the work ethic and community pride put forth by all the workers. Even after hours of filling or passing bags, people refuse to take a break or get a drink. I am proud to be a North Dakotan right now.

Posted by GrandForks March 28, 09 06:51 AM

May God Save & protect everyone involved.

Posted by Ernie March 28, 09 07:37 AM

I was born and raised in N.D. and very proud of it. I live in Indiana for the past 4o years, but i visit my sister-in-law every year in the Fairmount area. I take my hat off to every one that has come to my home state to help.What a wonderful bunch of people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God Bless everyone.

Posted by Lynn D. Poppe March 28, 09 08:41 AM

North Dakota and Minnesota residents are proud, honest, hard-working, and dedicated people. They all deserve our prayers, support, and admiration. It's gratifying and heartwarming to see the community rise together to face this challenge. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dixsons from Steamboat Springs, CO

Posted by Greg Dixson March 28, 09 09:02 AM

As a person who married into the Melroe Bobcat family of Gwinner I can attest to the self reliance of the North Dakota people. If you want something done in these farm areas for crying out loud its no big deal for them to just do it themselves. And if the something is so big it requires coordinating w your neighbors then they just do it and do it quickly.
. One additional thought: in 20 years of living in the farm country of northernm California I have seen a funny thing happen over and over. If a job applicant has North Dakota as his home state he is ALWAYS put at the front of the line. Why? Well its not often the person has a problem w the issue of having a good work ethic. Or honesty.

Posted by steven melroe bloxham March 28, 09 09:48 AM

the country thinks that if we are from north dakota we are hard workers I know first hand from when I moved to colorado and was looking for a job was always offered a job on the spot because of where I was from. On another note thank you to everyone that has been helping to fight the flood everyone has done a great job I would like to add that people should leave the politics at home were all americans it doesn't matter if were from the right or the left.

Posted by chris syverson March 28, 09 10:06 AM

From Cedar Rapids, IA to North Dakota and Minnesota; we are thinking and praying for your strength. Hold on and know we are pulling for you. Remember,
a home is a home no matter how much it's valued at. The loss is devastating but things can be replaced. Your lives are worth far more. Be safe.

Posted by Marty D March 28, 09 10:12 AM

To all of you who are outraged that someone criticizes Obama, where was your outrages when Bush was blamed for Katrina and the do-nothing local "leaders" in NO? Shoe is on the other foot now isn't it? Enjoy!

BTW, the folks up in ND will be fine and they won't be blaming anyone. They're an example we could all learn from.

Posted by GoFargo March 28, 09 10:16 AM

To those of you saying why don't we do something permanent about these floods. We are working on it. After the flood 12 years ago, Grand Forks was devestated, they needed to get their city shored up first and Wahpeton to the south came next. There is only so much money to go around and Fargo is waiting its turn. It was going to happen this year or next that permanent dikes were going to be constructed at the cost of 100's of milliions. We will have our dike system to limit the effect of these floods. The pouring a pitcher of water on a table top was a great analogy. It is so flat here but we can crank out the food for the nation to eat in this area.

Posted by Proud North Dakotan March 28, 09 10:22 AM

Wow, imagine that...a natural emergency with major flooding and the people are not looking to the 'man' to blame him with their hands out, they are rolling up their sleeves, putting on their hip waders and helping their own. Maybe the folks in NOLA should have had this attitude! I am proud to be from the Upper Midwest.

Posted by JohnGalt09 March 28, 09 10:27 AM

I am an antiamerican when comes to politics, but
I pray for those in need wherever they are...
May God help them all

Posted by Dimos - Athens - Hellas (Greece) March 28, 09 10:41 AM

I am from a small town just out of Fargo, and we have filled our school with refugees. I am so incredibly impressed by the amazing photos that were taken, and so thankful to those talented photograpers that were thinking enough to be out there taking them. After being awed by the pics, I went on to read the comments. Kudos to those who simply appreciate the people and their hard work, and send their prayers and best wishes. I was very disappointed when the comments started to turn into comparisons of different areas; political arguements and racist views.

Posted by Small town North Dakota March 28, 09 10:47 AM

Amazing work, and amazing pictures. Best of luck to everyone in the path of flooding.

Posted by Jennifer March 28, 09 10:57 AM

Please don't compare New Orleans to what's happening in Fargo, it's not fair. They are two seperate disasters with very different circumstances. In Fargo, our leadership is experienced in flood-fighting and we learned a lot from previous floods, especially regarding the logistics and efficient distribution of sand-bagging. The rise of the river was expected and gave us nearly a week to shore up the town.

Yes, it's true that folks here have a lot for which to be proud, but these comparisons degrading the residents of New Orleans is cruel and inappropriate.

Posted by Erin March 28, 09 11:12 AM

To #73, regarding insurance companies raising flood insurance:
well, of course they will! The money to replace your stuff needs to come from somewhere, and the more that is spent, the more needs to be collected.
Some people act like they are entitled to insurance, and think that someone (the insurance co., the goverment, their mother) will come a wave a magic wand to put everything back in order, as if they somehow shouldn't be subject to normal laws of existence, and that's just wrong.
Fortunately, it looks like there's plenty of people that know it takes hard work and a community working together to get things done. I hope they all manage to protect as much as they can.

Posted by Eric March 28, 09 11:15 AM

I can only say congratulations to all the people who are fighting this fight. Win or lose, to any degree, you represent the best of what made this country great - a willingness to do what has to be done without blame and without waiting for someone else to do it for you. I am praying for you.

Posted by Dave March 28, 09 11:22 AM

Why do so many people live in flood plains? Why should US taxpayers cover costs for flooding in the flood plain? How many times will we repeat this story? Time to move out of the flood plain, folks. At one time we did not know better. Now we do.

Posted by Hydrocrust March 28, 09 11:23 AM

I grew up in the Fargo/Moorhead area. I was there, alongside neighbors and fellow college students in 1997, sandbagging for days. I know you must all be tired. The amount of water you are tring to hold back is surreal. But your spirits are strong. Minnesotans and North Dakotans can do anything when they join forces. Anything. Have faith in each other and hold tight to the people you love.
I am proud to be a Minnesotan.

Posted by Kellie Lindquist March 28, 09 11:24 AM

It is no wonder that North Dakota is doing so good econmically. Look at the way these people pull together. AMERICA IF YOU WANT YOUR COUNTRY BACK. LOOK, LISTEN, AND LEARN!!! Do you see this anywhere else in the US? Maybe its time we do

Posted by Dean March 28, 09 11:32 AM

Great photos, and this has made for interesting reading. There have been several comments about building in a flood plain. I was born in the Red River Valley, and if you've never been there - you wouldn't believe how flat it is! From where we lived, you could see the lights from Fargo at night - 40 miles away.

Posted by Carl Austvoll March 28, 09 11:38 AM

Minnesota girl here, born and raised and darn proud of it! It's so great to see how many people get out there and help one another and don't even think twice about it! That's what makes a true community! Thanks for all of the help! I am so proud of being from the Upper MidWest! Lets focus our thoughts and energy on helping one another, rather than spinning our wheels in the mud by comparing one natural disaster situation to another and trying to point out rights and wrongs. I was down in New Orleans to help volunteer for a while not long after Katrina hit as well; bottom line is, every situation is different, you don't know what it's necessarily like until you are in the actual situation yourself... And above all, the most important factor is - there are many people in desperate need of help! Precious time and energy can be put into much more positive ways of helping! Thanks again to everyone!!!

Posted by Natalie March 28, 09 11:43 AM

This is great to see the communities come together like this, stay strong!

Posted by Bay Area National Anarchists March 28, 09 11:43 AM

This makes me proud to live in the Midwest, where we can all band together in a crisis without complaint. I attend St. Cloud State University in MN, and we have sent volunteers up to help in Fargo/Moorhead. I believe my former high school, Cathedral, has sent volunteers as well. These students are missing classes to help their neighbors in the North, and they and all the volunteers deserve our praise.

Posted by Katie March 28, 09 11:55 AM

There is a greater difference between the situation in New Orleans and the situation in Fargo than "culture". The circumstances of the Fargo flood (relatively slow moving) allow them to be proactive and do what they can to protect their homes and livelihoods. And when I say relatively, I mean relative to the situation in New Orleans. The levees broke and the water literally gushed into the city. What could these people have done? I'm sure that had a sandbagging effort been deemed necessary, the people that were left would have done what they could. But having sat through a raging hurricane the night before the levees broke, I don't see how this could have happened. Both situations are tragic and dreadful, but it is patently unfair to compare them. They are not the same by any measure.

Posted by dj March 28, 09 11:55 AM

It's really difficult to explain the mood of the Fargo-Moorhead area throughout all of this. I helped sandbagging efforts in a Fargo neighborhood for most of this past week, and throughout the whole thing everyone was joking with each other and having a good time. But at the same time, the atmosphere is full of anxiety and gloom.

On one hand, it's great to see members of a community (and members from surrounding communities) band together to help one another; on the other hand, it's sad to see such dire circumstances.

But hey, we'll get through this, and I'm sure Fargo will look just as beautiful as it ever has this summer.

Posted by KoreyWith1K March 28, 09 11:57 AM

NOLA was not hit by a cresting river over a period of days, it was inundated overnight. Community action is not an option when the levees break and a 20-foot wall of water submerges a city in a matter of hours. The comparisons between NoDak and NOLA in these comments reflect ignorance and thinly-veiled racism.

Posted by peg dash fab March 28, 09 11:58 AM

Our family is praying for you all! God be with you!

Posted by Laura Williams March 28, 09 12:10 PM

Fargo/Moorehead area. My heart cries out to you. I live in Grand Forks in 97 and truly feel for each of you. The Red River is a mightly river would be alot easier if is flowed south. Stay strong and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

P.S. Anyone making snide remarks should be ashamed of yourself. If you haven't experience living through a wall of water wiping out your town please think before writing!! It is truly hell there right now...

Posted by ZS March 28, 09 12:14 PM

Unfortunately for the people of New Orleans, they were in the midst of a hurricane. It's kinda hard to get out and fill sandbags in 160 MPH winds. Plus, the water came not only from the rain, but from a storm surge with huge waves of water that happened in a matter of hours, not days. The people of North Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba have done an amazing job of coming together and helping their communities. Let's focus on that and not what happened elsewhere.

Posted by bayth March 28, 09 12:16 PM

to #161 - the explosives were used on ice jams in the Missouri river in Bismarck (ND) . The Missouri is much wider than the Red River, I don't know the exact width. These were not small ice chunks ...I think the Corps of Engineers know what they are doing and when it is appropriate to use explosives. AND - it worked! the river dropped two feet in a very short amount of time! we are very gratefull for our state and national support, and know that permanent flood protection in the Fargo/Moorhead area will be at the top of a lot of priority lists in the future. For those people questioning the problems with forecasting, this is not a pure science, there are hundreds of variables and unfortunately they all came at once.

Posted by Proud North Dakotan March 28, 09 12:19 PM

The coments about draining wetlands must come from someone not from North Dakota or are uninformed. North Dakota has protected wetlands and wildlife as much as, if not more, than any other state. By the way, very few people in North Dakota build their homes in areas that get flooded often. We darn sure don't build below sea level, and we don't put up dikes to hold the water back then build below the water line. We also believe in an honest days work for an honest days pay.
If your flood insurance goes up, sorry. Ours went up with the hurricanes in Florida and the flooding in NO, but you didn't hear us complaining.
Thank you all for all the support and prayers for the people of the flooded areas.

Posted by Louie March 28, 09 12:28 PM

To: Jim Doyle aka 'Come See Me'
re: Post # 81
Well said ... though you could have left out the "Republican" knock. It's a bit redundant. I know very decent Republicans who wouldn't give these nit-wits the time of day.

Those out here that would compare this to Katrina should be embarrassed. This hopefully will never reach the scope of what happened in New Orleans.

I remember the pictures from the last big flood they had out in SD and there was one that stuck with me of an older building right in the middle of town burning out of control on a beautiful day. All the firemen could do was watch from a boat. Very ironic ... water water everywhere yet they had no choice but to let this building burn.

As far as these photos go, Great Work!. My favorite is the very last.

Keep up the good work out there folks and more importantly, keep your spirits

Posted by your_imaginary_friend March 28, 09 12:28 PM


Posted by D SKUDLAREK/ COLORADO SPRINGS March 28, 09 12:35 PM

A favorite quote (paraphrased):
"There are those people who do things; and then there are those people who take the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class of people... there is far less competition."
North Dakotans fall into that first class of people.
God be with you all... you are (or should be) an awesome example for the entire nation.
I am proud to be a native of North Dakota and wish I could be there to help. My brother is in the thick of it. To those of you in Fargo: Next time you see one of the sand trucks racing down the road, give him a thumbs up for me... it might be him.

Posted by BarryS March 28, 09 12:38 PM

Being born, raised and educated in the Fargo-Moorhead area, I too echo the sentiments of those who grew up/were from/still living there. The unbelievable sense of community; in every sense of the word. What a GREAT community, what a great people!

Like others have commented, that is a sense of community that you just don't see any more (except there). In the 20 years I've lived in Northern California, I've scarcely seen it but once (during the '87 Loma Prieta earthquake - but not to this degree). Stay strong F-M! We're praying for you all!

Posted by Rick March 28, 09 12:49 PM

Amazing pictures. May God keep the people safe.

Posted by Susan March 28, 09 12:57 PM

The Bismarck pics are great, but we're not the Red River flood! We just happen to be in the same state as Fargo and had a minor flood at the same time they were getting ready for the big one.

Also, that awesome photo of the ice with the helicopter above it, picture #2, was taken by Will Kincaid, not Tom Stromme. Our phototech attached the wrong name to that one (they both took a lot of great pics that day).

Posted by Alice Ospovat, Bismarck Tribune news editor March 28, 09 01:17 PM

I spent many years of my childhood in Fargo and I can't say enough about the incredible people who live in that area. They are kind, giving, resilient, and loving. They are the type of people that will stop to help as soon as someone has a flat tire; the kind that will give the coat off their back to someone less fortunate that is cold; the kind of people who will volunteer to sandbag for 20 hours straight for strangers in need. I am so proud of that whole community.

God bless all of you!

Posted by Kathy March 28, 09 01:34 PM

Being a red-blooded conservative, I would like to say that I am pleased with the response from Obama. We are not short on leadership, nor manpower. We have no time not appetite for political posturing, and I believe his response was appropriate.

Posted by JR March 28, 09 01:39 PM

Im from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. These pictures look so very familiar to me. We had a flood of very similar magnitude this last summer. Im so happy to see the community pulling together to help one another. The sense of community we all shared together was one of the greatest factors helping us get through the ordeal. I couldn't imagine going through what we did, with the conditions the way they are in ND. My thoughts and Prayers go out to all of you, and just remember to stay strong and stay united. It will take each and everyone within the community to get your state back on it's feet! Just keep pushing forward!

Posted by Jason Stout March 28, 09 01:57 PM

I THANK GOD THAT I AM AN AMERICAN!! I am so so so proud to see everyone coming together in adversity!!

North Dakota is a great place to live-- floods, blizzards and all... the best people in the world stand arm in arm fighting the good fight.

Thank you to all the friends across America and Canada that are coming in to assist with the Red River Flooding... we really appreciate your help!


Posted by Shelle Michaels (Grand Forks) March 28, 09 02:03 PM

It breaks my heart to hear people knocking us for supposedly living in a flood plane. First of all, flood planes are based on past floods. Since there has never been a flood with heights recorded above what there is now, the majority of people being asked to evacuate thier homes do not live in a 'flood plane'. They called the flood in '97 the 100 year flood, meaning that it only happened once every hundred years. They had NO idea it would happen again 12 years later, and worse. I've been sandbagging for the last week, and it's amazing to see the city come together. To #40 and 178, keep the ignorant comments coming. We WILL get through this, with or without your help.

Posted by Nicole March 28, 09 02:14 PM

I refuse to let any negative commentsabout North Dakota and Minnesota Flooding bother me, I have lived in ND all my life and can attest to the strenght and character of the people here,the positive comments make me very proud,GO NORTH DAKOTA!

Posted by DBRO March 28, 09 02:22 PM

My best wishes for all the greatful people that i met in Fargo, there is nothing than we cant do while we are together , stay strong

Navteq, León México...

Posted by Jean Paul March 28, 09 02:33 PM

Great pictures .God Bless you alll my thoughts and PRAYERS go out to all of fargo moorhead.

Posted by JM March 28, 09 02:33 PM

Three comments and a big thank you for all the support from every one.
1. It only took 2 blasts of dynamite to open the ice, they didn't need the 3rd one.
2. Chain saws would not work, the ice chunks were 3' deep. Have a chain saw that would do that kind of work?? Come to ND and help out. The purpose was to get the water flowing not to break up the ice.
3. Watching the weather channel today, let's see SE has floods, tornados, heavy rain. Kansas and that area have heavy snow storm. Earthquakes along the coast so no place I would like move.. so where do you live..maybe we could move there!

Posted by A in Bismarck ND March 28, 09 02:34 PM

Thank you to law enforcement from Fargo and Moorhead. You do not get enough credit for serving and protecting. You are heroes.
Thank you to firefighters from Fargo and Moorhead. You are heroes.
Thank you to the National Guard. More heroes.
Thank you to Mayor Walaker, Mayor Voxland and all officials for your leadership and also being heroes.
Where does a person stop with the thank you's? Thank you to everyone for fighting this flood. This is a HUGE HUG to you all!

Posted by Marie March 28, 09 02:38 PM

to #63 joe taxpayer.....if i understand you right, it seems you are blaming farmers for this flood? well i sure hope you have a large garden because without the extremely fertile red river valley of nd producing much of what you eat everyday, you will be pretty hungry pretty quickly! and you shouldn't be so worried about what this will do to your taxes because this is a humanitarian issue not a monetary issue. if you feel that the latter is more important then i sure wouldn't want to be your neighbor!

with that, i say i am proud to be from the red river valley! i am proud of the work everyone has done! this will pass and we will look back and know that our state and communities and many others have pulled together to work for the greater good! this affects all people, it doesn't choose which house to take and which one to pass. we are going to beat this and those of you out there who choose to make it political and negative, i feel bad for you all.

Posted by proudtobefromnd March 28, 09 02:39 PM

Thank you all for the outpouring of support from throughout the nation and Canada, Your prayers, thoughts, comments are appreciated .
No matter what the outcome,
We will take care of each other,
We will make it through,
We are strong.

Posted by Mike from ND March 28, 09 02:44 PM

I work from home, so this flood surrounds my office, and my home at the same time. Wow, in life this is one of those once times. WE ALL HOPE.
Not more than a 100 feet behind my house, the city built their huge earthen dike. It helped my house zero. Not only that, when I called the city, realizing that I was running behind on diking, they would not send out filled sandbags. Jeez, I dont think I was asking for that much. They referred me to Sandbag Warehouse, who was ripping people off on both filled and unfilled bags. Thank God the county came through and delivered bags to the road behind me. My buddies then hauled them in on a trailer behind a 4 wheeler down a road flooded with over 18 inches of water.
My friends and neighbors all worked together to make this work. WE did it without the citys help. Thank my friends, neighbors and my boys and thier friends. Without them I would be without a house!
Hopefully I can get some of this dirt to build my own earthen dike. 2 500 year floods in 12 years, that is enough.

Posted by Dr Curtis Ficenec March 28, 09 02:44 PM

I am terribly saddened by all of this. So many good people trying to battle together and win.
But I fear the worse as the next blizzard passes and accelerated warming pushes water levels over most if not all of the sand bags.
I hope the authorities can handle the help that is and willbe needed for all of you good people, young and old, of all stripes.

Posted by Steve H. March 28, 09 02:51 PM

Outstanding work, North Dakotans. Awe-inspiring effort and "can-do" attitudes. I'm so proud of your all!! Keep up the good work, and I'm praying for a let-up!!

Posted by Just_Saying March 28, 09 02:57 PM

Outstanding work, North Dakotans. Awe-inspiring effort and "can-do" attitudes. I'm so proud of your all!! Keep up the good work, and I'm praying for a let-up!!

Posted by Just_Saying March 28, 09 03:04 PM

hopefully after this fargo will be able to get the sort of levee system it should have gotten after '97. An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

As far as you idiots disparaging NOLA, keep in mind that they had only a days warning, and no experience. The federal governments lackluster response, as well as various harebrained Corps of Engineer projected certainly made a bad disaster worse. If the worst does happen, of course there won't be looting, its too cold.

Posted by MikeG March 28, 09 03:15 PM

God Bless all those residents. It is an awful tragedy for those people to go through. May they survive this flood and move on. Thist is the essence of true American spirit in action by helping our own, not others for a change. We appreciate it, foreign countries very rarely do. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Mary JohnsonBrandolini- Quincy, Ma. March 28, 09 03:29 PM

To all you people out there being in the thick of it, stay strong and keep together. Many hands can achieve many a thing. Do not listen to the nay-sayers who are full of negativity. May Peace be with you.

Posted by Michael, Germany March 28, 09 03:38 PM

I am touched by the communities coming together. My prayers are with you.
CM from Texas.

Posted by Christi March 28, 09 03:39 PM

Hello. I'm a resident of San Francisco, Ca. and I am sad to see that my fellow Americans are going through this. If I was there, I would be helping you just as much as the next American to you.
I wish you the best, a true American is shown in times of desperation.

Posted by Eric C of San Francisco March 28, 09 03:41 PM

Politics, politics, politics...what we have here are people pulling together at a community level to help themselves. I'm sure that you are proud to be part of such a wonderful group of neighbors, friends, and relatives. Just know that MOST of us across this grand country wish you well and pray for the best outcome for each of you.

Posted by Whyzkyd from Arkansas March 28, 09 03:52 PM

Funny thing here is that there seams to be more poeple posting comments on what they think will help prevent this in the future. Everyone living through this is outside working in the blizzards and rain.

Kudos to all invloved in helping! I realize by posting this comment I to am one of the people that is not helping. I grew up in ND and an unable to get back to help. My contribution has been made to the relief organizations that are aiding the effort.

Thoughts and prayers go out to all the volenteers.

Thank you for setting an example for the rest of the country.

Posted by Chad March 28, 09 04:00 PM

thats minnesota niceness. wish i wasnt stationed so far away..

Posted by Anonymous March 28, 09 04:01 PM

to responder #40.
You are an idiot and do not know what you are talking about. Put yourself in this situation. A massive wall of water is threatening to turn your house, your life and all you have upsidedown. If you could for one second stop and think about what is happening in this area I would hope to think that you would see how assinine your comment is. Don' t be a close minded twit and see the situation for what it is not for what you think would be easier. These are peoples lives, homes and everything they have!!! To everyone in the flood areas. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

Posted by responder 215 March 28, 09 04:10 PM

#37 Thank You!! My thoughts exactly. I'm proud of North Dakotans and the example they are showing.

Posted by Wishing I was there to help March 28, 09 04:24 PM

Congrats to the North Dakotans and Minnesotans who pulled off this miracle. It makes me proud to say I've come from that area. It seemed all week long it was just all bad news, but you showed everyone what it means to be from the Upper-Midwest!

For people criticizing others for living near water, just remember that water is essential in everything that people do from commerce, to sustaining life itself.

For people saying they are people not waiting for the government to fix the problem for them, no they are not but neither is the government. All those sandbags provided for volunteers to fill, the Predator drone patroling the skies in search of weak levees and people in need of rescue, FEMA shelters already in place for the smaller communites like Oxbow that lost to the flood etc. They are there to give the community every chance to succeed. Waiting 3 days after a disaster when they know it's coming is the last administration's way of doing things.

Posted by Ryan March 28, 09 04:24 PM

i just wanted to say that the photography is amazing

Posted by iban March 28, 09 04:33 PM

God speed cleaning up the mess! LISTEN TO NATURE, MOVE TO HIGHER

Posted by San Contran March 28, 09 04:45 PM

We really had a wakeup call here in Hawaii viewing these amazing photos! Thank you for sharing. We will now go on treasuring our life in paradise more than ever!

Posted by Carolyn Bennett March 28, 09 05:00 PM

I'm reading this story in the UK, I really feel for the residents. You are very strong people and may God be on your side a little more.

About the story itself. Outstanding photo-journalism. It really captures the spirit and the struggle and a few smiles too.

Posted by Drew Clarke March 28, 09 05:09 PM

Sorry to hear your plight, it`s all down to global cooling no sunspots etc, happened to us in the UK in the 1940`s after heavy snow, then warming.

Posted by Rob March 28, 09 05:16 PM

KEEP UP the strong work North Dakotans!! I am very proud of all of you. I grew up in ND and it is our heritage to JUST GET UP and do what needs to be done not just sit on our asses waiting for everyone to do it for us! As for the moron who posted previously "Why do so many people live in a flood plain?" That flood plain area grows a lot of food think of that the next time you're sitting in your comfy chair not doing a damn thing! Secondly, I hope all those that have holier than thou attitudes know better ways to handle acts of GOD! Better yet I hope you are ready for him.

Posted by Lisa May, Kearney, NE March 28, 09 05:19 PM

The thing is, in a flood like this, you don't have to be anywhere near a river to be affected. It is also simplistic, overly idealistic, and just plain silly to suggest that people should not live in flood plains. Aside from the fact that flood plains consist of thousands and thousands of square miles (all over the continent) they also provide some of the most fertile land you'll ever find.
Communities sprout up around rivers for a reason.

Nature goes in cycles. Nothing we do is going to change that (no matter what Al Gore says) so we just have to ride this extraordinary circumstance out, and help those in need as best we can. I haven't touched a sandbag since 1997 myself, but I'll likely be moving/filling a few during the next couple weeks as the Red's crest heads north.

Posted by Duff March 28, 09 05:41 PM

God Bless all the volunteers and the whole community in this effort to protect your land. These efforts are a true inspiration for all of us! Take care of yourselves and be safe.

...from a New Jersey resident

Posted by Natalie March 28, 09 05:56 PM

My son and his family lived in MN for a few years. We visited them and toured ND and SD. Beautiful country and people. Our prayers are with you even as far away as Ireland.

Posted by Pat Creedon March 28, 09 05:58 PM

AMEN to #109!! Why do we have to compare two disasters at all? They're both disasters and people are handling them/have handled them in the moment the only way they know how! It's one thing to be proud of the people in your state, but to point out ways other people should have handled things better- I don't get it. After all, hindsight is 20/20.

And to #215- that's exactly what I thought- of course there's no looting- it's too cold!

Good luck and continued strength to those out in the cold, trying to fight for their communities!

Posted by katie from texas March 28, 09 06:15 PM

It's absolutely inspirational to see such a level of community contribution.. and as usual, amazing photographs :)

Posted by Salman Jamali March 28, 09 06:32 PM

I'm proud to be from Fargo and to realize what amazing power people have when we all pull together. A disaster experience puts true values back into perspective. Where ever you live, there is potential for disaster. Near a river, in the mountains, on the beaches, in the forest. Nobody is free from disaster where ever they be.

Posted by ProudAmerican March 28, 09 06:45 PM

Our prayers and best wishes that this passes quickly and safely thru your towns and cities. God give you the strength to continue on protecting your homes.

Posted by Sheri Sanchez March 28, 09 06:46 PM

Doug, I am so grateful that you Emailed the photos of what you are going through there in ND. I appreciate them very much, its amazing what you can do when the entire town joins hands. I have been watching the news these past few days and wondering it you have been effective by the rising waters. You know its sorta strange that we have heard "Nothing" fron FEMA. God Bless everyone that has had a hand in helping. Your friend in NC, Clyde

Posted by Clyde Canup March 28, 09 06:47 PM

I'm from Fargo and I really hope to return the favor someday. I heard there were people from as far away as Florida helping out. :) Every time I think about that it just astounds me. This whole experience has really opened my eyes to what the power of the people can do. As for comparing Katrina and this. They were two very different situations. People in New Orleans were completely caught off guard. We had some time to prepare. Anywho. Now our next battle is the mosquitoes in the summer. Especially with all this water. Millions of those little suckers just waiting to lay siege upon us. Thank you humbly for all the help and the well wishes. I know the rest of this community feels the same amount of gratitude.

Posted by FargoApril March 28, 09 06:56 PM

These images are absolutely incredible! All of the volunteer work that has been going on in North Dakota has been so incredibly inspiring, these people have the biggest hearts. They're all doing such a wonderful job!!! I wish I could get over there and help all of them, if I lived any closer I would in a heartbeat. These people deserve our help.

I'm wishing and praying for everything to end smoothly, and will be keeping both ears and eyes out for them. I hope all of these people, and their pets, are being taken care of, and will continue to be taken care of after this is over. God Bless!

Posted by Cary Skelton March 28, 09 07:27 PM

As a resident of Fargo, I would like to THANK everyone for their prayers and well-wishes. All of the praise makes me proud to be a North Dakotan and only urges me to help more. It truly has been amazing to see how much we have all pulled together to fight this. Ive been volunteering as much as I have been able to, but on a few occasions was actually told to call back because at that moment they had all of the help that they could effectively use!!! AMAZING that we actually had too many offers to help. To those that are leaving negative comments of any sort, please keep them to yourselves as we are making it through this by our positivity and strong will. Weve still got a long fight ahead of us and do not need the negativity.

Posted by Bismarck girl March 28, 09 07:31 PM

In 1997, just after the flood, I watched my friends' houses get demolished to make room for a dike, for what was thought to be a 100 year flood. We've seen what our own Red River has the capability of. The people of this town aren't going to go down without a fight.

Posted by Hollie March 28, 09 07:38 PM

I live in Cedar Rapids, IA, and after experiencing the flooding of 08 here...I truly feel for the residents in ND.
Its great to see all the pictures of everyone volunteering, pulling together to help neighbors, strangers, and anyone in need.
God bless, and I will keep you all in prayers that you pull through and recover fast.

Posted by JW March 28, 09 07:45 PM

UND-NDSU working side by side? Looks like disaster trumps politics again!!!

Maybe the Reds and Blues can take a hint and figure this one out too. I doubt it, but I will never loose hope.

This fight is about humanity not policy, drop the politics and give a helping hand. There is a great lesson to be learned, yet again, from the strength of the people in the Red River Valley.

I lived through the floods in '97 and I have many friends in the FM area good luck and god speed.

Posted by MN Matt March 28, 09 07:53 PM

Zach Boor, you are a great young man.
Your determination touches my heart.

Posted by Mary Sorlie March 28, 09 07:57 PM

I will just tell my story as the week has happened. I moved away from Fargo in '94' and was lucky enough to move back "home" three years ago. My place is not in danger of the flood water. Sunday I helped bag a house south of town that has been an island since tuesday. Since then I have met thousands of people sandbagging. I don't believe I know any of their names but I could call them all friends. Everyone's attitudes have been the key whether their homes were at stake or not. It is good to be home and truely remember what great people live in this area.

Posted by Home again March 28, 09 08:04 PM

I just moved back in my house after the flood in Cedar Rapids, IA got flooded in june and moved in last week. My heart goes out to all the people that this is and will affect!!!! Those of you who are already complaining about FEMA not responding is that the flood hasn't past and it hasn't been declared as a national catastrophe. But they will help they did for most of us here in Iowa.

Posted by Mike March 28, 09 08:16 PM

That guy in the helicopter in the photos is my dad! He has been really busy with this flood and I don't see him much because he leaves early in the morning and comes home in the late evenings. My dad has also had to go to Fargo to help up there too. I'm proud of what he does and if you happen to know him or see anyone in uniform please thank them for what they do here at home or over seas.
We were lucky enough to be far away from the flood but some of my friends weren't. They are all O.K. though. On the bright side, we got out of school for a few days. :)

Posted by Amanda March 28, 09 09:22 PM

every year we travel through fargo and we know what your up against. other towns should watch how you do it . special thanks to schools and business to close and alow workers to help .our prayers are with each and every one along the flood plain. all of you are heros, for taking the bull by the horns. thanks toall may the good lord watch over you.

Posted by john kinnunen washington March 28, 09 09:24 PM

To #63-Joe Taxpayer (why are you so afraid to use your real name?) and all those who wish to "bash" and complain about the people and locations of homes and businesses in the Fargo-Moorhead area: We admittedly have built homes and businesses on what up to 100 or more years ago was farmland. There isn't a city in this country that this happened in one place or another. There, also are thousands upon thousands of acres of farmland that today are holding water and do every year in the spring. The level of the river is almost 41 feet right now (the normal level is under 18 feet), if Joe had done his math he'd realize the difference is 23 feet, taller than some 2 story homes, of course the water will break out of its banks. This level has never been seen by these cities. This area is flat for at least 30 miles each way to the east and west and many more to the north and south. This makes it hard to keep the river inside its banks, the same banks it's traveled in for the last couple million years or so. I live on the edge of south Fargo and my family evacuated our home on Wednesday evening (at this point our home is still dry). I am very proud of my community and stateand all the hard work and determination they have to overcome this natural disaster. I don't understand why people can't accept the fact that even the president, no matter who he is, can not control mother nature or where she decides to strike. People need to stop blaming natural disasters on the government and the time it takes an agency to respond, we are all only human and do the best we can given the circumstances associated with the event. We are all taxpayers, we can't change that, but I'll be happy to pay the taxes for materials for the protection and safety of my home and those thousands of homes in this area.
Thank you,
Anne D.

Posted by Anne D. March 28, 09 09:31 PM

Yes, most of the people in the affected areas have a strong work ethic, and a strong neighbor ethic (they help one another out). I also see some evidence among the comments from those (also in the affected areas) who do play the blame game, and who expect others to solve their problems.

I hope that people will learn from the positive (and the negative) things that are happening so that we can all build on what is good and leave behind what is not helpful.

Posted by Michelle Rowell, Saint James, MN March 28, 09 09:44 PM

As always! "What doesn't kill ya will just make you stronger! " So far no one has been killed and I can't imagine how North Dakotan's can get any stronger but hang in there and be proud of all the hard work by the 'Easterners'. Us 'westerners' would come and help but we would probably just get in the way. God Bless your efforts and keep on keepin' on! (Thanks Andrea for the photos)

Posted by Russ Werth--Bowman ND March 28, 09 10:43 PM

I am appalled and ashamed at the expletives and negative comments about our fellow American citizens in a time of trouble. A natural disaster can happen to any one of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of North Dakota who are working hard to fight mother nature. They are displaying true American character in the face of tremendous odds. May God Bless them and keep them safe. A special prayer goes to their pets who also suffer in natural disaster.

Posted by A Keeshond Lover March 28, 09 10:56 PM

God Bless the People of North Dakota. The pictures are awesome. Makes me proud to be an American to see everyone come together.

Posted by Kevin March 28, 09 11:06 PM

hi i wish i could help all of you i have hip replacement few month ago and i am sad to watch news about red river flood god bless you all

Posted by arnold fonder March 28, 09 11:43 PM

i live kindred and we have some flooding going on. well my family is save. lets try to stay warm.
god bless america and our North Dakota

Posted by danica h. March 28, 09 11:50 PM

I grew up in Davenport Iowa and remember the Mississippi floods every year....same buildings re-opened every year, it was just normal for everyone. I don't ever remember seeing people come together like this though. I wish I lived in a community like this. I am in Orange County California now (retired military and found myself here near camp Pendleton) the people here would stand on the roofs and panic and call 911 and then complain. If it happened here, it would be like Katrina....figure that one out!

Posted by Anonymous March 29, 09 12:11 AM

My best wishes to the people of North Dakota, who truly are hard-working, honest people. I lived near Jamestown for a while when I was younger and have only good memories of the state. It makes me proud to see everyone united and supporting each other, even in the face of such horrible circumstances! God Bless the people of North Dakota and may they find the strength to rebuild and go on with their lives!

Posted by Brunna Rae Visalli March 29, 09 12:56 AM

Zach Boor, you are a commendable young man. What you are learning during this ordeal is priceless. Thank you for helping. Thank you area schools for giving these young people a chance to learn life 101. No classroom can teach this. You would never be able to set up the curriculum.

Posted by John from Wyoming March 29, 09 01:06 AM

Wow, I grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota. Moved away from there in 1991.
I remember as a kid seeing pictures of the Missouri being frozen and people were out on the ice pushing a frieght train across the river to the shore on the strip side of the Missouri bridge. That had to have been back some where in the 1940's or so. Don't remember what the whole story behind that was, but I'm sure it was interesting. This is sure to be a story many will live to tell their grandchildren about.
I remember one time as a child it was sunny and warm for quite a while, and then on Easter Sunday it was sunny and very nice when we went to church and we were all excited about what the Easter Bunny bought us, when after church, we stepped out of Church and it was snowing! What a bummer that was! North Dakota winters are never dull, that's for sure!

Posted by Shirley Kennedy March 29, 09 02:18 AM

I am a North Dakotan, former Fargo resident and current Bismarck resident. Many large and small communities in ND have already been devastated by flooding. It could be much worse if it weren't for people helping other people. I hope that everyone understands the true magnitude what is happening right now.
1. Flooding of this level, in this area, has never been seen before in recorded history. At least half of the entire population of ND has been, or will be, affected by flooding this year.
2. Flooding has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with mother nature.
3. There were 2 ice jams near Bismarck, ND. One was causing the flooding, the other was preventing further flooding. Had the second ice jam broken, the water would have risen several feet within a few hours. Trying to blow the whole first ice jam at once up or use chainsaws would have been impractical and reckless. The Missouri River is also frozen downstream, releasing an entire ice jam at once would only cause more flooding.
4. A presidential disaster declaration was signed within a few days of the official application by the Governer.
5. Hector Internation Airport in Fargo is running all flights as scheduled. Road crews have been working overtime to clear the roadways of ice and snow, as well as assit in fighting the floods.
6. North Dakota is not flat (look up Theodore Roosevelt National Park), the Red River Valley in North Dakota, however, is.
7. America's food is grown in floodplains and prairies. Don't expect to get fed if you dont expect people to live in and farm these areas.
8. North Dakota is at or near the bottom of the list of states affected by the recession.
9. A natural disaster can be planned for, it cannot be controlled.
10. FEMA has been here since the begining.
11. It will take about a week for the Red River to drop three foot in Fargo, and that's at 23 feet above flood stage.
12. The cause...tremendous amounts of rainfall last spring/summer/fall, followed by record snowfall in one of the coldest winters the state has seen.
13. The battle has just begun.

Posted by Brent March 29, 09 02:27 AM

okay, seriously... most of these comments are great, but some of them are outrageous........
People ask me why I live in ND "the flood plain"......because of the harsh winters and even harsher springs. Well, almost everywhere you go will have some sort of natural disaster, whether it's Florida hurricanes or California's earthquakes. You gotta say it's the where else in the States would such a population come together to protect their communities..
God bless ND and MN f


Posted by ND March 29, 09 02:54 AM

I can only imagine the feeling of despair...;you see the waters continually rise, threatening everything you own and hold dear. At the same time, it's extremely heartening to see everyone working together, doing their best to stem the tide. It reinforces faith in mankind...that in times like these, people band together as one. As for the snide comments about why people live near waterways...well, you are just plain idiots. Those who lives near water understand there are risks,whether it's near the ocean, a lake, a river, it doesn't matter. My wife and I send our prayers to everyone in ND and Minn who're going through this. God Bless you all.

Posted by Frank and Vickie Misaege March 29, 09 03:06 AM

I want to completely agree with Anne (251) when we built the cities of World - most are built along rivers and at some point, all rivers flood. This time Fargo-Moorhead and Bismarck are seeing the issues. It is not that people build in flood plains, how will they know unless the river doubles its height. As for using explosives vs chainsaws on the river, these are piles of ice chunks top to bottom of the river and would be too dangerous for individuals to be pulling the ice damns apart.
I went MSU-Moorhead and it I am proud to see what so many people I know and from the communities in the area coming together to build levies and dyke's out of sandbags. These pictures don't even begin to tell the stories I have seen and heard from people on the front line battling the freezing cold and wet weather and fatigue to save complete stranger's houses. This may not be the biggest news of the year for the country, but in MN and ND it will be the subject of many conversations.
God bless everyone involved and I hope they have a roof over their heads and warm place to sleep.

Posted by Scott - MN March 29, 09 03:53 AM

We want to send the people of Fargo/Moorehead our prayers and to salute their bravery and resilience in these difficult times. The pictures are breathtaking.
Larus and Ragnhildur (Iceland)

Posted by Larus Vilhjalmsson March 29, 09 05:19 AM

Don't forget the Facebook page about the Boston Globe Picture

Posted by JB March 29, 09 06:40 AM

Have relatives in Minnesota, close to M-ND border. Keep up the staunch spirit - found out those Norwegians can instill the fear of God in you and get the job done. Special kudos to cousin Pat Martin, NDNG - know you are in the thick of things. Here in Ohio and very proud to be related.

Posted by Nancy Ganyard March 29, 09 07:50 AM

Stop all the God comments - if there were really a "god" then it wouldnt have sent you a flood. godders will find an excuse to prove that theory wrong.

Posted by w March 29, 09 08:56 AM

I prayed my Holy Rosary last night like I do every night and added you all to my prayers I prayed the the Lord watches over you all ...........God Bless You all my brothers and sisters in Fargo ND.

Posted by Daniel March 29, 09 09:02 AM

I really dislike the attitudes towards the NOLA disaster and this disaster - both are equally tragic. Going tit for tat about each of them, comparing them in a negative light, just breeds more of what tears our country apart. New Orleans was affected in such a way that the majority of the people hit were poor and could barely help themselves; give them the benefit of the doubt please - that whole area is completely different, economically, racially, geographically, politically, than that of ND and Minn. Again, we shouldn't say such disparaging things about an apples and oranges situation.

Posted by Christina March 29, 09 10:14 AM

I have a comment to the one post made (Posted by Hydrocrust March 28, 09 11:23 AM).. Get real Hydrocrust! Floods in these parts do not happen that often. Think of the cost involved with relocating some of these cities. This would out weight a pile of sand bags any day. When you think about it, the same question can be asked for those living in hurricane country or in earthquake areas. The same can be said for those living a lifestyle beyond their means. Of these issues I find the last one most frustrating. Our tax dollars are going to assist those with out of control spending. My two cents…

Posted by Mike March 29, 09 10:20 AM

One of the diffences between North Dakota and New Oreans is this time it is not being used as a political football. If the truth got out about New Oreans, the resources and personnel put in place, by the feds, before the storm, the historic rescues after the storm, it would be eye opening. God help you in North Dakota, my prayers are with you.

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Posted by AL LESSARD March 29, 09 10:52 AM

Response to #178.... Yes, their are some homes that are in the Flood Plain in the Fargo-Moorhead area. That is the 100 year flood plain! That means in the past 100 years, it has only reached that level (which was 38 feet by the way) once in 100 years! Now, unfotunately, it has happened twice in 12 years. The entire region is flat farmland which means if you were to move everyone out of the flood plain they would have to relocate about 60 miles west or 30 miles East. It's not just a few houses along the river in trouble. Most of those were bought out by FEMA and people can't rebuild in those areas. Those that remained had to put up flood protection. This flood has broken the 500 year record which means it has NEVER been this high, thus effecting over 150,000 people. Unless you know the region, unless you know the topography, unless you know history of the river please do not make judgements about the people of Fargo, Moorhead and neighboring communities.

Also, to those making comparisons of our area and New Orleans, please don't. We are just dealing with water coming up and we can forecast it. You can't forecast the damage or the effects of a Category 5 hurricane. Yes, we roll up our sleeves, build dikes, save the homes of people that we don't even know. We have people from coast to coast here helping our community. We're not asking for anything but your prayers. We have a few hundred people in shelters from mandatory evac areas. We have moved our injjured, ill and infermed as well as those who cannot care for themselves to safer areas. We have about a 100 homes lost at this time to the rising water. I sandbagged for 3 days at a house that eventually was lost to the river. The house stands 25 feet above the normal river level and we built a sandbag dike around the house of 12000 sandbags. That did not hold up to the Red and it would not have held up to Katrina. When it comes time to clean up after the river goes down, that's when individuals are on their own. You don't have schools closed and people coming from everywhere when its time to take those 12000 bags away. Yet, you won't catch us sitting around saying poor us, please help us, where's the National Guard now? Where's the Pres. Obama to help us? Nope, we'll just roll up our sleeves, pick up a bag and one by one, load up a pickup and haul them away. Sure, they'll have some friends, good friends, join those friends who need help clean up but but you will not get a bus-load of random strangers show up to do it. And that's ok. Our culture, our heritage has a hard time asking for help. Many will just do it themselves without asking. I will call my friend and help him remove those 12000 sandbags, wet with river-water doubling their weight, one bag at a time...with midwest pride!

Posted by Durty March 29, 09 10:57 AM

God bless the communities of the upper midwest and those wonderful men, women and children that "grunt" sandbags for days at a time. To those who criticize people of any location: give it a rest, just take note of the spirit and efforts of the Red River residents and their neighbors.

Posted by tom raby March 29, 09 11:07 AM

Proves the point that mother nature has the power to destroy in an instant and without remorse or thought of consequence; it is silly (actually suicidal) to believe humans must protect mother nature from us when mother nature is far more powerful, uncertain and uncontrollable.

Thank God the fine people in these areas are surviving mother natures wrath and have come together to stem off disaster.

Posted by syn March 29, 09 11:08 AM

I am very proud of everyone. The core of these people are true. Nothing - no politics, or who is better then the other - just everyone working for the same thing.
There are those who just don't understand - then there are those who do not need any explanation - they just know what it is to work for something to reach a goal.
I am so very glad to see that things are looking up a bit along the river, but I do know there has been loss and that the river situation is still critical. To everyone - bless you.

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Posted by Fabrico, Sinop, MT, Brazil March 29, 09 11:37 AM

#24 is good--well not good for homeowner but gives you an idea what the residents of North Dakota were up against.

Posted by Ed March 29, 09 11:42 AM

Good to see that we still have some people left in this country who are willing (and capable) to help themselves. The "victims" of Katrina should be embarrassed to see these photos.

Posted by JMC March 29, 09 11:44 AM

I hope someone sent this to the mayor of New Orleans and the govenor of Louisiana.

Posted by Larry McKinney March 29, 09 11:59 AM

Kudos to Mayor Walaker of Fargo who fought the flood in 1997, he had our city prepared. True, the crest came much sooner than anyone had anticipated, but the city and county built earthen dikes, bought and filled heskos, and started making sandbags 24/7. If you've ever built a sandbag dike, having a sandbag already made is half the work. Obviously, many people made their own sandbags too. All the proper precautions were made---hospitals and nursing homes evacuated....Citizens purchased drain plugs, etc. Volunteers came out by the 10's of 1000's. Strangers helping each other in a common goal--to save a city, "pay it forward." Thank you to our city leaders and the many volunteers that contributed to this successful fight. My prayers are with the many who were evacuated, the many who never even considered carrying flood insurance as their homes weren't considered to be in a flood plain and to the many who did lose the fight against Mother Nature and the Mighty Red.

Posted by Paula from Fargo March 29, 09 12:02 PM

Accusing those of comparing Fargo/Moorhead/GrandForks/Bismarck of "thinly-veiled racism" is, itself, uttelry unveiled racism.

Yes, the situations are very different - except that when you build an entire city BELOW SEA LEVEL, IN A HURRICANE ZONE, flooding is no less predictable than it is in Fargo. Several generations of complacence, corruption and ineptitude at all levels of *government* (note: government. Not race) made a fast response in NOLA impossible - but get real. NOLA had generations to prepare for what happened.

Posted by Miguel Montagne March 29, 09 12:23 PM

Blessings to each and everyone of you!! As i watch the news to keep informed of what is taken place there breaks my heart. To see these pictures and the faces of each one helping. Truely tells the story. May God Bless and keep each one safe. Stay strong and rely on the Lord... . Your states are beautiful !
From the hills of Kentucky GOD BLESS each one of you! TRUE AMERICANS....wish i was right there to help.
Ignor the weak and negative attitudes...they too, need our prayers

Posted by Sharon March 29, 09 12:32 PM

We said a prayer for my friends in North Dakota and along the rivers today at Church. I'm a New Yorker but went to Jamestown College for four wonderful years. Among my best memories is seeing the northern lights dance in the sky just as we passed Fargo one night, heading west to Jamestown. This would be a hard time for any people, but are the people of North Dakota up to the task?
You bet.
But we'll still keep praying.
Peter J. Roberts
New London, CT

Posted by Peter Roberts March 29, 09 01:12 PM

A ND native now living in PSJ, FL, I can appreciate the back-breaking work of sandbagging.... pretty clever use of the traffic cones & ladder in photo #10 - I will have to remember that come the next hurricane.

My 21-yr old nephew was one of the 50 volunteer injuries reported... he sprained the same ankle last October while building houses for Fuller Center for Housing. Yes, ND's best export is still it's youth.

#269 - Your convincing "there is no God" comment almost changed my beliefs! Whew - close call! This is not the place for your anti-comments. Don't go away mad, just go away .

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Posted by GREGORY March 29, 09 01:36 PM

God bless everyone involved in the flood!

Posted by Brandon March 29, 09 01:42 PM

Keep up the good work N.D. Just an aside, a 100 year flood is a misnomer. It should be a one in a hundred flood. Meaning that each year there is a 1% chance of a flood of this magnitude. Each year has it's own probability, you are not protected for 99 years after a big flood.

Posted by MSR March 29, 09 01:47 PM

The people of North Dakota are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Jimbo March 29, 09 01:59 PM

I am from Moorhead MN, Across from Fargo ND.
In response to #37.

Firstly, on behalf of kind, sensible and educated people, I apologize for that comment.

Half of the claims aren't even true and the other ones are just out of line....
We did ask for aid, some people are ignoring evacuation orders, there has been some looting and people breaking laws, there was talk that "they" knew is was coming and it was bad (listen to the radio people, some nutty ones one there) and yes some where waiting on roof tops to be rescued.

This area is nothing in comparison to New Orleans where poverty and extreme racism are rampant. They were left out horribly, caught off guard and victim of circumstance. Not to mention their devastation was much, much more extreme. It was a hurricane. Ignorance is truly sad. I am truly embarrassed by that comment, it is not shared by those of us that understand what happened down there.

Peace to all of you that were in Katrina, my heartfelt condolences.

Posted by Adam March 29, 09 03:13 PM

While Katrina and Fargo are two different animals, it is not "racist" to suggest that the culture of each contributed to their response. NOLA pre Katrina was known for its corrupt politicians, abysmal schools, unemployment, failing utilities and arguably the most incompetent and corrupt police force in the nation. In addition, warnings were issues almost every year since the great flood of 1929 that a city sitting that far below sea level was a catastrophe waiting to happen.

It has nothing to do with race, but a heck of a lot to do with a culture of corruption.

Posted by Anonymous March 29, 09 03:36 PM

It is heart warming to see how the people of the Fargo-Moorhead area have come together. I am so proud to be part of this community! The organization, leadership, and great attitude has astounded me. God is doing more good things here than bad, fo' sure!
Right now, we are just sitting tight. We are past the crest day. We have lost a few homes, but we gave our very best shot. I also know that our community will come alongside those families who have lost their homes.
Thank you for the support and encouragement from around the nation! We have had volunteers come to sandbag and help out from many different places.
I ask that you pray that we will be alert in watching the dikes and that God will continue to keep us in His provision. He is doing great things!

Posted by Rachel March 29, 09 04:04 PM

Keep up the good fight! A SD neighbor wishes you well and am proud of our Mid-West work ethic. Perhaps folks from New Orleans should come to ND to learn how to fight the fight rather than sit on their butts and demand help from the Federal Government and millions of tax-payers dollars!

Posted by Tom March 29, 09 04:12 PM

Hats off and cheers to everyone dealing with this disaster. As a student in college at Valley City I sandbagged the Sheyenne one spring in the late 60's and I can't imagine doing what you are doing in the snow and ice. God be with you all.The spirit of the plains still lives!

Posted by Judy March 29, 09 04:35 PM

I am so proud of us mid-westerners--here we stand with our hands out--waiting for another sandbag. Keep up the good work and God Speed. As for #269's comment--God tests us all--these tests make us all stronger and appreciate what we have.

Posted by Wanda in SD March 29, 09 04:39 PM

I've read most of the comments posted here and can't believe that people are actually comparing one disaster to another. Each horrific occurrence has it's own story. From Katrina we learned that FEMA must be much more proactive. When the government knows something terrible is going to happen (i.e. hurricane, flood, etc.), they must, if at all possible, send the proper organizations to the area before the event occurs, and if that isn't possible, certainly before the event is over. It helped immensely, here in Fargo, that the Red Cross and FEMA were in the area even before the Red River in Fargo crested. The Red Cross set up shelters, provided much needed food and water, and have been available to help for several days now. FEMA is here and already assessing property losses both in Fargo and the surrounding towns and counties. We are not out of the woods yet. There are about 30 miles of dikes holding back a river that wants to tear them all down. Our city will remain vigilant. We will answer every challenge, even if it means losing neighborhoods. Our people (with the help of many people from all over the US), will fight the fight and win. All we ask is that the rest of the country wish us luck, send us their prayers and watch us do what we do hard and get the job done.

Posted by Donald Poehls March 29, 09 04:40 PM

My heart hurts for all of you working so hard to save your homes..communitiy..towns. Thank you for showing the world what the American spirit is all about. In this time of financial instability and disheartening greed of our Nation's big business, lobbyists, and law-makers...the American People are showing the world how Americans deal with tragedy and what the Spirit of this Country is based. In the face of horrific circumstances we will always pull together.
God Bless you all!!!!

Posted by Ginny Green March 29, 09 04:56 PM

From news reports I note what Americans occasionally seem to forget...the reward of helping one another. The people do not need the government telling us what do, just governmental assistance to bring in equipment and massive amount of materials needed for such a large event. The rest of the effort is plain common sense: fellow citizens helping fellow citizens. The original homesteaders in the Dakotas and Minnesota would not have survived their harsh challenges without this same spirit and creed. We should all model the Red River citizens out there braving the freezing conditions.. and help our fellow citizens rather then expect government to perform this role...we the citizens do a better job of preserving the diginity of the individual in need and at a lower cost to us all!

Posted by LA.citizen March 29, 09 05:23 PM

After reading through all of these comments I think the general feeling is good job to ND. However, keep in mind that this flood is very much a part of MN as is the Red River Valley. This flood is affecting tens of thousands in both states as well as Canada. I hate to see my home state, not exactly forgotten, but not exactly recognized either. Fargo/Moorhead is essentially one city divided by a river and state line, as is Grand Forks/East Grand Forks and Wahpeton/Breckenridge. There is a large area to the east of ND that has played an equal part in protecting people and property from this disaster. I just want to say congratulations thus far on a hard fight that we WILL win to ALL of the people affected by this rare disaster. That includes ND, MN, and Canada. Good work to everyone for a job well done.

Posted by LSM March 29, 09 05:36 PM

Wow-the photos brought tears to my eyes. I live in ND as well and went through a small ordeal of a flood a few years ago, I was out of town and when I came home, I found people from the city and neighbors making their rounds and cleaning up my yard as well as others without being asked and without expecting to be paid back by money. Many of us believe you pay back one good deed with another good deed, something that money can not buy!! A few homes were lost and some were pretty messed up as the floods brought lots of dirt in from the fields. There was a good deal of clean up but nothing like they will have to experience in the Fargo area. Help poured in from the Red Cross as well as others, so a big thank you to them. We did not look at this as a handout owed to us, as a community, we had a fundraiser to repay the Red Cross, so it can be supportive for situations as this.

My real comment is to the ignorant people out there posting such ignorant political comments and rambling on about the monetary things. As North Dakotans, we pull together and do what we have to to get the job done, we always have and always will. First of all, I agree with the comments about President Obama, he would not do us any good being here utilizing our people for the sake of his appearance. This is not a popularity contest, we do not need his physical presence here to know that he is working with us and for us. He can do more for us by conversing with our state and local elected officials to better handle things from afar, not to mention, he's got a lot more on his venue than one state, he is a world leader and we have to believe he's on top of things and doing what is necessary for us as well as everyone else in the country. As for the monetary issue, that is in our minds, it is obviously costing many everything they have, things that cannot be replaced by moeny, but at this point, everyone's safety is a must first, stopping the waters and saving as much of the personal belongings and homes has to be a priority. This is a "natural disaster", unpredicted and definitely not planned, so therefor everyone is doing what they have to. Once the flooding has stopped, the water receads and the damage is assessed, planning and utilizing sources will be implemented, so as for jumping the gun, wondering where FEMA is and who is going to come to the rescue for us, it will all fall into place We cannot even begin to think of the financial burden it will put on everyone personally as well as our state becaue the disaster is not over and we cannot predict the fianal out come as of just yet for a figure on the damage. We have to have faith in our elected officicials including President Obama, to direct us in the right direction to assure everyone that their lives can resume again in the near future.

Our country has survived many disasters from Katrina, 911, Iowa last year, earthquaks, and the list goes on and on and we will get through this as we do everything else. Yes we have great people in our State, probably some of the hardest working honst people you will every find, but they're here for a reason, to get us through our own hardships, pull together and help our neighbors. I do believe we have just as many great people across the country, read the comments and you will see. So one last thing, before you start posting negative comments on here, put yourself in just one person's shoes that you see on one of these pictures and ask yourself if you could endure what these people are and if you would have the heart to go help a stranger you don't even know like these people are doing.

God bless everyone out there fighting this and remember God doesn't give us more than we can handle, He's testing us and this will make us stronger and better people because of this..

Posted by Beth March 29, 09 05:47 PM

I am from the Red River Valley . to all of you uninformed idiots out there with your "sophisticated" viewpoints,these people are working night and day, not complaining, trying to be positive and then you come along whining about insurance going up etc...and "why do they live in a flood plain anyway? Well, the whole eastern half of the state is flat , like your table top, and the river overflows after a record winter snowfall, its going to go everywhere it can.Many of those homes along the flooded area have been there generations...tesimony to the fact this does not happen every year. The ground is won't sink into the soil.

Posted by Flowerchild March 29, 09 06:13 PM

The same spirit you brought years ago to turning the tide of war in Europe. Thank you and "bon courage", Sherlock

Posted by Sherlock March 29, 09 06:14 PM

I see, not just men, but I see women in the pictures, as well as high school students and young children - doing what they can to help. There was a job for anyone and everyone - and they did it. Yes, the clean-up will be hard, too, but these people have what it takes. What a wonderful group of Americans!!

Posted by Lou Ann Hedden March 29, 09 06:27 PM

One thing people should take note of is FEMA is not a 4 letter word in this part of the country, rather they are considered heroes, especially after the Flood of 1997. It's the National Weather Service that's the goat after botching the flood predictions in Grand Forks so badly. Grand Forks worked hard to build dikes to meet the NWS predictions only to watch it flow 5 feet over the sandbags. The NWS then had the audacity to blame their piss poor prediction on the narrowed river channels created by the dikes the communites built to save their towns. It eventually resulted in a complete revamping of river prediction forecasts.

This has zero in common with New Orleans. No community would have been able to save themselves given that situation. Sandbag dikes would have fallen apart in Category 4 hurricane winds before the flooding happened. 1997 is a better comparison, or more recently, the floods in Iowa in 2008 if you're interested in comparing lessons learned.

Posted by Ryan March 29, 09 06:31 PM

On the one hand the pictures are difficult to handle with the scenes of water just inches away from topping the sand bags in so many area, while the pictures also show the "can do" spirit of the people in ND. Amazing how many people in the pictures are smiling as they stand in the freezing weather fighting back mother nature. As a South Dakotan I'm proud of my neighbors to the north and to be considered a "Dakotan"
I am however disturbed by the negative reference to Katrina as a theme by a number of individuals. There is no need to tear them down to build us up. Lest we forget, over 1500 people died in that hurricane.

Posted by TMJB March 29, 09 06:32 PM

I was born and raised in Williston and have since moved away. I would like to express my sympathy to all the people of Fargo/Moorhead areas. Keep up the good work and if I were closer to you, I would be out there helping. God Bless you all! Beverly

Posted by Beverly March 29, 09 06:45 PM

God bless all you brave people from that beautifull neck of the woods.

Posted by Julaine Button March 29, 09 06:51 PM

I am very proud to be from and to live in North Dakota. I do not live near any of the flooding but im very happy to see everyone pulling together when we need to. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Jill March 29, 09 07:07 PM

This New Yorker's heart and prayers go out to you. Your 'get it done' attitude and perserverance are admirable. We are all Americans......I saw that first hand on 9/11, and being Americans means we stay strong and give moral and spiritual support to each other in our time of need. God bless!

Posted by c. cooke March 29, 09 07:07 PM

...the absence of looting has nothing to do with the cold - the current temps and weather conditions are nothing to those of us who live here and have grown up here...good lord, we just completed a winter of -30 and -40 degree temps not including the windshield - our children went to school, we went to work, we moved about business as usual - there is no looting because there is no looting...the flood of '97 was much warmer - no looting...we have had tornadoes take out towns - no looting...maybe it is because no body has time to come up with the idea of looting becuase everyone is so blasted busy working to put our lives back together, maybe it is a cultural thing,...what ever the reason - it just doesn't happen....another thing we can be proud of...

Posted by Bird March 29, 09 07:16 PM

GOD BLESS ALL OF FARGO-MOORHEAD. I grew up in North Dakota, my father's family from Moorhead, the pictures, the televised footage, leaves me stunned. With God , the spirit of North Dakotans / Minnesotan's will get you through this, The outpouring of commoradory and neighborly love and compassion is clearly evident in the photo's. I pray for everyone's safety. GOD BLESS FARGO/MOORHEAD USA.

Posted by Peggy Garrity-LaPoint March 29, 09 07:29 PM

You all ROCK!!! I'm here in Venice Bch, Cal originally from NJ and I cannot even come close to imagining what you all are going thru..especially not in the weather you all are thoughts are with you all...please pass that onto others in your is great to see just what this country is made of...and you all are exactly what I would have in mind when I think about how strong, self reliant, resiliant and tough we are as a Nation...Thank You for reminding us all of that ...of what it is we are made of here ....Stay safe...Namaste...

Posted by Artsykr March 29, 09 07:42 PM

How come these people are not sitting in a High School Gym somewhere complaining while waiting for the gov't to fix the problem like they did in New Orleans LA did? Different breed, I guess?

Posted by Ron Haertling March 29, 09 07:58 PM

I haven't read all the comments but in case no one has mentioned it yet I've noticed that there are thousands of volunteers from all over helping save lives and property and not one vandal or thief trying to benefit from anyone misfortune. I am very proud to be living here in North Dakota.

Posted by Dick Cothran March 29, 09 07:59 PM

God Bless You All!

Posted by John Shea March 29, 09 08:23 PM

#315 is right. From here just above NYC, you ROCKI! I know there's no glamor in this, you're exhausted, wet, worried, and wish things were normal. But your character shows through in this situation. I'm very very sorry for your losses, but impressed by your community and I pray for you all.

Posted by lazlo toth March 29, 09 08:26 PM

i only wish i could have come to help you.
where dose the red river go,into the mississippi

Posted by frank March 29, 09 08:27 PM

From deep in the heart of Texas our prayers and thoughts are with each one of you. I am so sorry that this is happening to you. I can only help by praying but God is gracious and hears and reacts always to our prayers. May God Be With Each of You.

Love and hugs,
Kathy and Richard Baker
Llano, Texas

Posted by Kathy Baker March 29, 09 08:29 PM

My heart goes out to all the people in Fargo and Bismark. We lived in Grand Forks in 1997 during the flood. When I began to see the pictures of this flood, I had such an emotional uprising in me like I never knew possible. My daughter and her husband and sons live in Fargo now. God bless you all. LR

Posted by Larry & Karen Reed March 29, 09 08:33 PM

RE #50
Why build homes where there might be a natural disaster??? OK, let's eliminate California, due to earthquakes. Let's not live in Texas, Louisiana or Alabama, or come to think of it Florida, Georgia, North or South Carolina due to hurricanes. Let's not live in any of the plains states, as there are tornadoes. Let's think a minute. Where should we all live? Most of our country is apt to face some kind of natural disaster at some time. Here in Fargo we face it head on.

Posted by Fargo March 29, 09 08:46 PM

I am always so proud of the North Dakota spirit! I left ND 40 years ago and i can still feel the "spirit " kick in at the crucial times in my life and it has gotten me through tough times in my life. Stay strong ND and you will get through this!

Posted by Mike Stockton March 29, 09 08:52 PM

I live in Fargo and have spent the last week fighting the flood alongside my fellow Americans.  I can't just say my neighbors because some of the people that I've met came from the twin cities, about 4 hours away.  The vast majority of the volunteers I think have been from about a hundred mile radius of the area.  It has been truly incredible.  I've also heard of people coming from Sioux Falls, Winnipeg and even some people from Michigan.  The bottom line is that people came together and have answered the call to volunteer.  Day after day and amid the torrential rains on Monday night, the blizzard on Wednesday and cold on Thursday and Friday, people just showed up and went to work. The neighborhoods had an abundance of hot food and goodies for all of the workers at all times. If you needed to use the bathroom in the house, just go on in and don't worry about tracking in mud. People here in the area just "had each other's backs". We were united in saving our community. What I saw in New Orleans is what appeared to be a complete breakdown of government starting with the city and moving up from there to the federal gov't. What seemed to break down even before that though were the bonds between the people who, instead of coming together to get everybody out, choose to take the opportunity at times to loot and commit crimes.
When a number of police officers chose to desert their communities, what does that tell the average citizen? The point is, at the very basic level in any society, it comes down to the individuals and their next door neighboors coming together with a common goal of survival and protection. Government can't be everywhere at all times so we depend on each other. When individuals fail each other and choose to break the law, all of society suffers. You don't have to have money to know the difference between right and wrong. We're blessed to have people in our entire area that put the survival of others and protection of their property ahead of their own interests.

Posted by MichaelJ March 29, 09 08:53 PM

Sunday Night--Bowman ND--We are getting yet another foot of snow after the 20 inches dumped on us earlier this week!! But, I just want the residents of Bismarck, Linton, Fargo and other flood areas, I will gladly take 10 feet of it, if it will all get dumped here and not on you! YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH!! Hang in there, July 4th will be here before you know it!

Posted by Russ Werth March 29, 09 08:55 PM

hey at leatst we arent sitting on our roofs with sign that say FEMA

Posted by Anonymous March 29, 09 09:06 PM

I LOVE YOU NORTH DAKOTA. No where in the world are there people like you. Born and raised in Bismarck. I have lived in CO 25 plus years. I miss the community of how you all come together, North Dakotans have a heart of gold. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tammy Gallagher March 29, 09 09:08 PM

Well, I see Obama thinks this is an effect of global warming. Temperatures 10 degrees below normal for the month is now "climate change". Keep up the good work folks, more cold weather is likely for the next 30 years... Hang on to your wallets, the AGW folks are out to redistribute your wealth.

Posted by Michael D Smith March 29, 09 09:18 PM

Thank you to everyone from around the country for their thoughts and prayers. It appears that we are winning the battle, though we may get a blizzard tomorrow. Many thanks! There are many interesting pictures and videos posted on youtube and facebook. Mark M. Fargo, ND

Posted by Mark Mazheri March 29, 09 09:28 PM

Best wishes from Canada. Wish I was closer to help out filling those sandbags..Regardless of what those redeye retards on FOX say...we Know the Americans like us and we like you back....stay strong and know that we're here in case you guys need us..

Posted by Matt March 29, 09 09:39 PM

Where is president Obama? Shame on Obama!

Posted by Anonymous March 29, 09 09:41 PM

we are so sad to hear & see the picsof the flood there,our prayers for u people to be safe & be in good health to overcome what is happening there.
may the good lord bless those who vollenteer to help & bless everyone who need help.God bless u all

Posted by Nise & Glenn Dziwulski March 29, 09 09:43 PM

Best wishes from Canada. Wish I was closer to help out filling those sandbags..Regardless of what those redeye retards on FOX say...we Know the Americans like us and we like you back....stay strong and know that we're here in case you guys need us..

Posted by Matt March 29, 09 09:44 PM

god be with you all in this terrible time, the pictures we amazing to see cant image........... this happening my prayers are with you all...............

Posted by kathy March 29, 09 09:50 PM

#269 I feel sorry for you with your comment but you are in my prayers along with all the others in North Dakota!

Posted by Del March 29, 09 09:57 PM

God Bless all of you in north dakota for all the hard, hard work you're going threw.

Posted by Charlie Burr March 29, 09 09:57 PM

We North Carolina Christians are praying for all of you in the ND/MN area around the Red River. We have never experienced such snows and flooding in our state, but we're hit hard every year with atrocious hurricanes coming in off the Atlantic. So we know how to empathize with you dear folks, and we know how to pray for God's grace and care.

Posted by Rev. Ray W. Benfield March 29, 09 09:59 PM

I pray for all of you in those flooding areas of North Dakota. I hope this will end soon and people get back into their homes. A Thank you to the National Guard and all the wonderful volunteers helping out.

Posted by Sandy from Massachusetts March 29, 09 10:13 PM

I grew up in So. Dakota; went college and taught in No. Dakota for several years. I've lived in California for the past 47 years. I can't express my pride in the spririt of you great Dakotans. What a wonderful example for our Nation and the rest of the world.

Posted by M. Kroll Camarillo, CA March 29, 09 10:43 PM

Born in Minot, live in Florida, have relatives in Fargo, Bismarck & throughout the state. Lots of positive news about the attitudes of the people from that part of the world as if it is exceptional. Gosh, I didn't know doing the right thing was exceptional, but then again I'm from ND and wouldn't give it a second thought. Thanks for making me a proud son of North Dakota. God Bless all of you! You are in my thoughts and prayers......fantastic pics.

Posted by Kerry March 29, 09 10:50 PM

To #120 (Peter Folger) Obviously you have never been to North Dakota or Minnesota or you would never give such an uneducated solution. Just in case you never made it through second grade geography, the majority of Minnesota and North Dakota are flat, meaning it is not as simple as moving to higher ground!
Also, farmers do understand commuting because they commute their machinery all over this land to reach their fields. Just in case you didn't know, farmers don't just farm on little plots of land, most have a few thousand acres, if not many thousands of acres, that of which cannot be moved to higher ground!

Posted by Cassie March 29, 09 11:06 PM

Talk about the indomitable American spirit. You all are exceptional ......Good luck and God Bless. We are all praying for you in Ohio.....

Posted by N.J. Mason March 29, 09 11:18 PM

omg that is soo sad I used to live there and almost all of our freinds are helping out or leaving temporarrly. I'm in 4rth grade and am sending all kinds of different links about it to my teacher. well anybody who reads this in fargo or near it are in my family schools and churchs prayers.

Posted by abby herman March 29, 09 11:26 PM

That is soo sad I used to live right next to the red river there in fargo and just thinking my old school and all the artwork is very wet under contaminated water.Well now I live in sunny california where I went swimming and i thought of how they are doing the whole time. I am ready to pray for these poor people and even my freinds and family. I am telling every ones fargos story sending links to friends and telling them everything the people there my old friends . FARGO IS IN MY BLESSINGS.

Posted by abby herman March 29, 09 11:39 PM

go to "Lake Agassiz", Wikipedia.
God Bless You!

Posted by Francoise Paradis March 29, 09 11:59 PM

I grew up in Northern California and moved here 36 years ago as a young bride. I've come to love and respect North Dakota and her people. I am so proud to call Fargo my home and the residents here my friends. North Dakotans do what they can to help with perseverance and determination.
Please don't be upset that President Obama didn't come to Fargo. If he had, he would have taken the time and resources away from the focus on fighting the flood. Believe me, the people of Fargo know he cares; it was genuinely shared by our mayor in several press conferences. Thank you for your prayers.

Posted by Robyn W March 30, 09 12:14 AM

It is humbling to work the sandbag lines next to folks that got up before dawn and drove many hours to get here to help us. I only had to walk 2 blocks. Every single time I was tossing or making sand bags, I was surrounded by people from Minneapolis MN, Williston ND, a bus load of kids from Red Wing MN...and the list goes on. People were laughing and joking to the point of dropping sandbags After coming home from sandbagging at 3:30 am, I heard a man call in to a radio station... he had just driven to Fargo to help...and was asking for directions to my neighborhood because he had heard there was a code red call for help and he was ready to work! Wow! My heart goes out to all the people in the rural areas that didn’t have a city of volunteers to help them.

Posted by Meg S March 30, 09 12:21 AM

I'm a Bismarck kid, born and bred. I hate that I can't be there to help. Keep on fighting, folks.

Posted by Nick O. March 30, 09 12:59 AM

How glad we are in Grand Forks, ND that we now have permanent dikes. They look nice. Walled Dikes &Lift stations have a nice rock surfaces, Earthen dikes are all landscaped with grass and flowers in the summer. No sandbagging at all here in 2009. We just sit back and say, "Ho, Hum." Yet we are aware what others are going thru...many busses of Grand Forks students and others have been and still are being sent to Fargo.

Posted by Glayde Cory March 30, 09 02:30 AM

I have a niece and her family living in Moorhead, Mn, I am praying that she and her
family are safe and warm. I shall call her parents tomorrow and find out how she is. The community spirit shown here is touching. Blessings to all of those
great .people.

Posted by Florence (Kloskowski) Corrigan March 30, 09 03:22 AM

PLEASE>>>>>>>>>>>>Obama should of been there instead of floating around all the talk shows. He's not a politician, he's a celebrity.

Posted by Jody March 30, 09 04:36 AM

You guys in ND and MN are an inspiration to us all. Bravery, grit, and responsibility in the face of disaster. I'm a son of Montana whose great grandparents homesteaded on the MT-ND border. You make me proud. God bless you all.

Posted by Nathan March 30, 09 08:10 AM

This absolutely speaks volumes about the spirit and determination of people living in the upper mid-west. No sense of entitlement here...only a grim sense of determination to take charge of their own destination. Boy, have we lost that determination in some areas of our nation where looking for a government solution is the first option!

Posted by C. Reece March 30, 09 09:00 AM

Unfortunately, Keeshond lover #254, there are a lot of jerks in this country who will say negative things when given the chance. However, there are many, many more good people who are supportive and kind. I would say that the vast majority of people viewing these pictures are hoping for the best for the people in North Dakota and are sending their positive thoughts and prayers. That vastly outweighs the negative comments by the few.

Posted by TD March 30, 09 09:24 AM

Maybe it's time to install a bubbler system on the Red River bed from North Dakota to Lake Winnipeg. They keep ferry crossings on Lake Ontario open year round, why not the river. Cheaper in the long run?
Ray Klassen

Posted by Ray Klassen March 30, 09 09:30 AM

Funny how you did not see any cooperation like this in the "Chocolate City" all we got was a bunch of hands out and crying and complaining?

Posted by J Ludwig March 30, 09 09:36 AM

This is Obama's fault!! Why? Well, they used to blame Bush for everything. He is gone and Obama is president. See how absurd it is blame the president for everything? But has Obama visited Fargo-Moorhead, Bismark and any other flooded area yet. Don't think so.

Posted by Carroll March 30, 09 10:00 AM

People in the midwest are a different breed. They know how to work. When times are tough they take it on head first. I'm proud of those that got out and helped, sorry some lost but because of the hard work ethics of many, lots of people managed to save their homes. The great American way is not to put your hand out but to give a hand. Communities working together, no complaining, only accomplishment. Way to go!

Posted by Randi Shannon March 30, 09 10:06 AM

In response to comment #269: God is discovered in the people who come together...not in the disaster. The Disaster only makes the realization possible, or tangible. Look for the good in others and you will see God...unless you choose not to recognize it, and that is OK, too, for you. Open your eyes and your heart and you will be amazd at what is within you.

Posted by Grateful Goddess March 30, 09 10:12 AM

I grewup in Moorhead & my Mom & brother & his wife are still there. My Mom lives on S. River Drive & was in that part of town that got the 'Red Alert' call Friday (3-27-09). She's at my brothers (he lives on 19th street) & they are hopeing that all the dikes hold. Just listened to the weather & looks like the FM area is in for another snow storm. NOT WHAT THEY NEED! But all things are in God's hands!

Posted by Brenda March 30, 09 10:16 AM

PROUD TO BE FROM NORTH DAKOTA! That's all I can say! I was born & raised there, (18 yrs) & have moved about many different states & countries. My husband was military. Nowhere that we have been have I ever seen people as confident in battling the unknown & succeeding. You surely will all be very PROUD once this is all over with, as this too, shall pass!
Your are a possitive inspiration to EVERY AMERICAN! Thank you for setting the standards a little higher! We need more people like you!
Our Oklahoma prayers are with you each & every day!

Posted by Dick & Shirley Kretiz March 30, 09 10:25 AM

As a 97 flood victim myself, having owned a house in the oakport area in Moorhead my heart goes out to everyone fighting this flood. But I would like to ask why nothing was ever done so the flood like that of 97 never would happen again? I have heard nothing about Grandforks during this flood, sounds like they fixed their problem with a dike system. I watched KSTP channel 5 in Minneapolis this last Friday evening and it was reported the City of Fargo received several millions of dollars after the 97 flood to address and fix the flooding problem in the Fargo area. It's was only until 2 years ago that the City of Fargo hired a firm to conduct a study costing over 5 million and yet still nothing was done. I think before everyone praises these city officials for the great job they did during this flood, maybe the community should ask some questions about the federal money not being spent on a solution to the flooding issue. I know if I still lived in the area I would demand answers.

Posted by rick March 30, 09 10:48 AM

To #269. I am reminded of a quote from a daily devotion I use. How we live our lives and how we respond / react as Christians, paints a picture of God for our neighbors. I agree with the comment from #360. It is the people and how God uses those people that are the difference. The reason for the gathering is just the tool used to bring the people togther. Be it a flood, hurricane, the birth of a child, a birthday, the celibration of a life at a funeral, standing in line at the grocery store. The circumstance just provides the opportunity to "Walk Across the Room" to begin building that relationship.

Posted by Lawrence March 30, 09 11:04 AM

POST #37 says it ALL:

Just a personal I watched the news coverage of the
massive flooding in the Midwest with the levee's about to break in Fargo, ND, what amazed me is not what we saw, but what we didn't see...

1. We don't see looting.
2. We don't see street violence.
3. We don't see people sitting on their rooftops waiting for the
government to come and save them.
4. We don't see people waiting on the government to do anything.
5. We don't see Hollywood organizing benefits to raise money for
people to rebuild.
6. We don't see people blaming President Obama. (Except for Don Marchant, post #30)
7. We don't see people ignoring evacuation orders.
8. We don't see people blaming a government conspiracy to blow up
the levees as the reason some have not held.
9. We don't see the US Senators or the Governor of North Dakota crying on TV.
10. We don't see the Mayors of any of these cities complaining about
the lack of state or federal response.
11. We don't see or hear reports of the police going around
confiscating personal firearms so only the criminal will be armed.
12. We don't see gangs of people going around and randomly shooting
at the rescue workers.
13. You don't see some leaders in this country blaming the bad
behavior of the North Dakota flood victims on "society" (of course there is
no wide spread reports of lawlessness to require excuses).


Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 11:04 AM

To #178, i'm wondering if you live on some sort of perfect cloud. Should all the people move out of tornado alley, earthquake areas and all the shores of the ocean. The people up here in the flood plain are some of the toughest people you will ever meet. They are the backbone of the USA. If we can bail out corrrupt companys with our tax dollars i ... Read Morewould think we could help out people who pay those taxes. We are some of the most self reliant people in the states and i'm proud as hell to be from here! I tried to post this 2 days ago and it didn't work and now i'm even more pissed at this person. Some people are idiots.

Posted by Cody Anderson March 30, 09 11:10 AM

Rich people run companies, make bad decisions, and other rich people vote to take the working class tax money to bail them out. NOW, the working class people are involved in a catastrophe. The country should have regiments of our armed services to the rescue. As for New Orleans, call a spade a spade. Live there for 4 to 6 weeks and you'll see the problem. The scurge of society who does nothing but take and take, and never gives back. Sit on their haunches and moan about who's going to take care of them next. Get over slavery, it's long gone. No body owes you anything. Hell with New Orleans. I lived there 38 years and am embarassed about how the BLACK residents of that city responded to a disaster. Loot stores, steal things they don't need. And now that it's over for 4 years, the only parts that have rebounded and rebuilt better than ever are the suburgs that you hear nothing about. You have some heroics going on in NORth Dakota . Check out some of the stories of the people of Chalmette Louisiana. I go back there every year for the Christmas holidays and it never changes. You want racism, go walking down a street in New Orlenss after midnight by yourself if you're white. You'll see racism. Wake up and call what's what and quit worrying about being labeled a racist. Racism works both ways.

Posted by James March 30, 09 11:13 AM

God save you all brave people of Morehead and Fargo. My husband and myself lived in Fargo for 5 years in the late seventees and early eightees while my husband was taking his Master's and PhD degrees at NDSU. Our first daughter was born in Fargo. Our son is now finishing with his bachelor degree at NDSU. This area means a lot to us. May God help you all there. From Africa where we are settled since 1983, we send all our best wishes to the brave people of Morehead and Fargo. We do not forget you in all of our daily prayers.

Posted by Nasséré DOSSO March 30, 09 11:13 AM

Thou sad to see people loosing their homes, it is uplifting to see all pitching in and helping one another, that is what we as Americans are about. Not waiting for the Government to come to save them. The people in New Orleans should take note of this, they sat back and waited for the Government to save them and they are Still waiting!!

Posted by Dale Rhinehart March 30, 09 11:26 AM

Reply to #269

Peace be with you.

Posted by RMSTARK March 30, 09 11:38 AM

I am from West Fargo & I have no fear for where I live, which is right next to Fargo. I read a comment that this has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with race, it is called the Human Race & we are in this together. In this time of need we have to lay down our swords & show Human kindness. I understand that is sometimes hard to do for some people. But we all need to come together. My kids who are young adults went out to sand bag while their friends questioned why they were doing that...In my eyes it is the right thing to do, it is called Human Kindness. Please people keep us in your prayers & if you don't believe in God then please keep uus in your thought. Thank you!

Posted by Terri March 30, 09 11:41 AM

Being a resident of Ohio I know what all you folks are going thru. We have had several devastating floods here from the Ohio River. Everyone just seems to come together and do whatever is necessary to get thru times like these, and it certainly looks like you folks are doing the same. Keep up the spirit and all will work out. God bless you all!!

Posted by Shirley Poole March 30, 09 11:45 AM

I moved from Florida to Fargo many years ago. I've been impressed by the resourcefulness and work ethics of the people in this region. When situations as this arise, people here just help out as though its the only thing they have to do. They take no pity upon themselves. People here are definitely hardy.

Posted by Elsie March 30, 09 11:48 AM

God Bless the people along the Missouri and Red and the tributaries that are flooding and all those helping out! The eyes of the nation are on you and we are inspired! I pray that more efforts and money come to your aid as the water subsides.

Posted by Stuck in a blizzard in MT March 30, 09 11:53 AM

I am responding to #275. I love what you wrote. It's the truth. I pray for you and everyone who is in the path of danger from the Red. I have a daughter who lives in Wahpeton and she says she can't believe her eyes how things are looking around North Dakota. She came to Sidney, Mt. for a funeral and it took her 2 days to drive back to Wahpeton because of the storms, floods, and the interstate being closed. Tell all of your friends and family and people in North Dakota that we here in Montana are praying for you.

Posted by Gloria March 30, 09 12:00 PM

To whomever this may help,

Respectfully may I make a suggestion to try to help in the battle against the floods. I saw the number of gaurdsman battling to fill sandbags. I feel that though this might still be needed that the use of technology could help ease the burden on the people battleing so hard against the waters. I spent 3 years in the army with an Evac Hospital and 2 years in the Coast Guard. If I came away with anything from that it was the understanding of human suffering and a mamoth respect for water. please look at the attached photos and see what I am suggesting. It would be easier to dump sand or silage into this instant wall extending as long as the bags go. I did alot of sandbagging during my enlistment this would save alot of effort. Respectfully and humbly I submit this for your examination.
James A Ray Sr
Aqua Defense Technologies

Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

The photos that I could not add to this were of farm equipment, in particular the Bag filler machines that are used to store silage on the ground at farms, I believe these could be used with sand or silage to build instant levvee's and save alot of time in a battle where time is so valuble.

Posted by James A Ray Sr March 30, 09 12:05 PM

Having been raised in Pembina, Cando, and Hillsboro, North Dakota, in my formative years, and also having friends and family in the Fargo and Bismarck area, my heart goes out -- and prayers go up -- to those who are being displaced by the Red and Missouri Rivers and to the thousands of volunteers who are working diligently to mitigate the flood waters. There are no better folks than those in ND and MN. They have strength and resolve beyond belief.

Posted by Paul S. Williams March 30, 09 12:13 PM

Our prayers are with you all in God Country. I am a former Minnesotan living in Texas. My heart goes out to you all. I get tears looking at all the pictures and the community coming together to fight mother nature. Tears of joy seeing for all the effort you are all going through together. That is what life is about. God Bless you all!

Posted by Peter Nelson March 30, 09 12:13 PM

Minnesota anad North Dakota people are made of the right stuff and can dig deep when they have to! Bravo - you are what makes America GREAT!

Posted by E Olson March 30, 09 12:13 PM

God Bless Fargo and surrounding area's....

Posted by Sue March 30, 09 12:20 PM

This is a perfect example of people coming together with a common goal, to help each other in a time of need. Let's remember the farmers and truckers that donated their time, and machinery to help out here. WOW, wish I could of been there too. Keep the faith in the American People, God Bless

Posted by Kevin March 30, 09 12:21 PM

We are a second grade class in Bottineau, ND. We are very sad and hope that everyone remains safe. We watch videos, the news, and hear stories about how much everyone is helping. Our class decided that the people in Fargo are showing us how to follow every pillar of Character Counts.

Stay safe, stay warn, stay dry, and stay hopeful.

Posted by Lori Erickson's 2nd Grade Class March 30, 09 12:23 PM

I think the comment in # 294 is right on target. . I have lived or worked as a construction worker all over the USA. I did find that the farther north I went, the more self reliant the people became. Starting in the South many of those residents just sit back, reproduced and waited for their check. When I worked against the Canadian border it had totally reversed.

Posted by Roy McCormack March 30, 09 12:24 PM

Thanks to the 'Great Mystery Spirit' for the people of N D. They provide the best example in the world of good people working togather for the collective benefit of all in time of dire need. The ' Collective Moral Conscience' and hard work of the people of N D is an excellent lesson for all human-kind.

Posted by Trice Keene March 30, 09 12:28 PM

It is heart warming to see people working together to help save their homes,other people homes,etc.I symphize to what they are going through.What is their State Governor,our President doing about this problem?

Posted by Mark Lamalie March 30, 09 12:34 PM

These pictures truly tell the story! The people in the midwest don't quit until the job is done! Our horses were evacuated by dear friends & we have been trying to get back to ND; but the weather between ND & AZ has been so bad we haven't been able to travel back without hitting another huge storm.

Posted by Marge March 30, 09 12:34 PM

Good luck and God bless. But please think this through before you rebuild. Move back from the edges of the water's reach. I understand the need to rebuild, but do it elsewhere, with lower risk.

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results." Albert Eitnstein.

Posted by Dano March 30, 09 12:36 PM

As a response to comment #288 posted by "Anonymous".
You really shouldn't SCREAM about things that you are ignorant about.
First, what this community is doing to save ITSELF has been being planned and practiced since January. Second, the issue of permanent levees has been brought up by several ignorant people lately. Yes, Grand Forks did build a permanent levee system after the 1997 flood, which will probably save them as the Red begins to crest there in a couple of days. However, after the 1997 flood, there was only so much disaster aid to go around. Grand Forks was destroyed, hence, they got the money to build the permanent system.
All I am asking is that all of you out there who know it all, take a moment before jumping on your soap box, and realize that maybe, JUST MAYBE, you don't know it all. And that there might be variables that explain what you think is so screwed up. I have been known to think I am a know-it-all from time to time as well. I try and remember this quote.
"Time and Distance breed distrust and contempt" Think about it a little, you'll get it.

Posted by Corey, Fargo/Moorhead March 30, 09 12:40 PM

To: Post 37 and 365

Please don't put your ignorance on display here.

It pains a lot of us to realize that there are so many dim-witted haters that would use a forum like this to showcase their lack of compassion and their contempt toward the people of New Orleans.

Natural disasters are not partisan opportunities until an administration decides to do nothing.

Posted by be my Demon March 30, 09 12:43 PM

I am stunned in silent admiration of these gentle, strong men and women and I am proud to be an American when I see this. God Bless You All, Alabama is with you!! This is what community is all about. I salute you all.

Posted by Charles Merchant March 30, 09 12:50 PM

My prayer for ND. I live in Eastern Mt and we all have had to deal with floods a some point due to snow melting so fast and having so much. It is a known fact that people from Mt Wy SD ND Minn. have a different work ethic then other parts. We have to fend for ourselves because of were we live. I wish I could help you with the sand bagging or what ever was needed but weather and distance have prevented this. Gods blessing and our prayers.
a fellow citizen of the USA

Posted by rhonda March 30, 09 12:50 PM

My husband and I pray often during the day and night for our fellow North Dakotans and Minnesotans who are battling the flood of the Red River. We thank God for so many volunteers who have joined in that battle. May the waters soon recede.

Posted by Pastor Larry & Audrey Ouhl March 30, 09 12:56 PM

So why don't they move??

Posted by Don Kempt March 30, 09 01:12 PM

I miss my girlfriend£¬her name is Liu Yu.She is a Chinese girl,I have lost her contact more than 24 hours,she is a student in NDSU,if someone have imformation about she or NDSU,please contact me ,thank you

Posted by sinky chen March 30, 09 01:17 PM

In response to #289: Gregory, This is not the forum to discuss Rich or Poor. You should go to a more Political sight to express those views. This forum is for sending condolences and prayers to those people that are truly in need right now. I am sure you too would agree that the comments you made were out of line. If it were not for some (not all) of the Rich that so generously contribute to the Red Cross, the level of support would be much less.
My prayers go out to the Red River residents. Be strong and have faith.

Posted by Robert March 30, 09 01:18 PM

It is nice to see all the community coming together to do something, instead of screaming at the top of their lungs for all their free sh*t like during katrina

Posted by J knowls March 30, 09 01:31 PM

Good luck, and best wishes to these communities in your fight to keep your homes!

I felt progressively sad and proud looking at the pictures, but #30 broke me. That's one of the most poignant pictures I've seen on this site.

Posted by Dave March 30, 09 01:58 PM


Posted by PHYLLIS March 30, 09 02:07 PM

There is not enough room to put all the numbers i would like to reply to. How can people be so stupid to write some of the things they are. Some people just need to keep their mouths shut. I'm from north dakota and have been though floods, and it kills me to be far away in school and not able to be helping. Its times like these when people need to be coming together to help the comunity and areas around fargo/moorhead. People need be possitive and not just get on these message boards to complain about politics or how its stupid to be helping. most of you dont live here and will never understand what its like to have a community come together to help. I feel sory for you guys. I am very happy for all the support we are getting from most of the others who realize that this is a disaster none the less and there is nothing we can do about it but come together and be productive. My heart goes out to all my friends and family in fargo, we will get through this.

on an end not look at some of these pictures there are alot of pictures with smiles in them. people are glad to come and help save the community. I love seeing this. God Bless and good luck

Posted by jondoe March 30, 09 02:14 PM

Originally from Minot and a victim of the 1969 flood which crippled the city, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you in North Dakota. I remember working with the entire community pitching in and filling and throwing sand bags to protect as best we could. To see the cold, snowy, and windy conditions only makes working that much more difficult and dangerous.

To see the community come together when a need or emergency arises is a wonderful thing to see. I'm glad this is publicized for the rest of the world to see. Hang in there North Dakotans and volunteers!!

Hang in

Posted by Tim Knower March 30, 09 02:14 PM

all I could do was cry...and as i am crying i see the faces of all those people with
hope and courage and a lot of them are even smiling. how do they do that.
if only this whole country would take a lesson and start behaving like those magnificent men, women, and children!

Posted by Joanne Travers March 30, 09 02:22 PM

This is a manifestation of the ethics, kindness, and God-Like nature of some of the best citizens of our country. If this were happening in Louisiana or any other place where the citizens living there had nurtured and secured their expectations that Government solves all problems, this kind of neighborliness would not be happening. Funny, but all the TV networks see is water and flooding; they have no clue as to the real story going on in Fargo, Bismarck, South Hart, etc. there in ND; i.e., wonderful people helping other wonderful people. Our prayers are with the entire state of North Dakota, God's country

Posted by Don Ehreth March 30, 09 02:42 PM

God protect you, your homes and families ND. It is wonderful to see how everyone works together...we should remember this in good and bad times...what a great world we would have if we took care of each other. Wishing my hands could help also...God Bless...

Posted by Barb Geffers Omro Wisconsin March 30, 09 02:48 PM

May GOD bless people in FARGO and let them come out of danger soon.

Posted by Pankaj Mohapatra March 30, 09 02:48 PM

I am originally from Linton and went to school and lived for 12 years in Valley City. I know what flooding is like and I have been praying for "my home state" that God watch over you all and protect you. May He give you the strength to keep up the fight against Mother Nature. I have many family and friends who stil live throughout the state and worry about you all. I remember the last bad flood in the late 90's and cried when I saw the pictures of Grand Forks. Again, I say God Bless you all.

Posted by Elaine Tews (Renschler) March 30, 09 02:51 PM

To all those in ND and Minnesota as well as our Canadian Brothers and Sisters keep up the good fight all Iowans are with you. Especially those of us in Cedar Rapids who were blessed with your help in 2008. To those who are whining like 332, 352, 393 your ignorance and lack of class is self evident. Idiots all.

Posted by Stewart Prince March 30, 09 02:57 PM

My teacher showed this to me in class i feel sorry for all of you.

Posted by Dp24014 March 30, 09 03:01 PM

I just moved from ND last year to the south. I have many friends in the Wahpeton, ND and my son is in Fargo at NDSU. ND people have hearts of gold, they have excellent work ethics and just buckle down and do what they can. People who complain about "people living in a flood zone" most of these people are not in flood zones. The land is as flat as a pancake and when you have a record amount of snowfall in a year, it melts and has no where to go because the ground is frozen. I just want everyone to know that these people are not quitters and will do what they need to do without complaining and sitting around waiting for others to come help them.

Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 03:14 PM

To those that do not understand geography. The Red River valley is wide and flat. That is why it floods sometimes. The soil is some of the richest in the world for growing crops -you know the stuff that makes some of the food you eat. Suggesting people "move" is not an option.
Midwesterners are a very resilient bunch of folks. They grow up knowing the value of hard work. That is what you are seeing in the pictures. They dont wait for others, they roll up their sleeves and do the work themselves. I am very proud to have been born and raised in ND. Keep up the good work.

Posted by QwertyJoe - ND native March 30, 09 03:36 PM

Seeing these pictures reminds me of 1983 when Salt Lake flooded. My back akes looking at the pictures of these good people struggling to save their community. God bless you for the example of hard work and self sufficency that you are setting for the rest of the country.

Posted by Robert L Tew March 30, 09 03:36 PM


Posted by STAN LAKE March 30, 09 03:40 PM

I am always proud of my North Dakota heritage, but never so much than when I see and hear these kinds of pictures and stories. Hopefully, the fight against this flood will continue to get easier. God bless North Dakota and all the people who live there.

Posted by GSW March 30, 09 03:49 PM

ý lived eartquake 17 august 1999 Golcuk of Turkey.25000 people is dead here.ý hope nobody dead there.greath helper american people.god bless you.

Posted by Orhan Kucuk March 30, 09 03:56 PM

I think what u guys are doing is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up your good work.

Posted by Haleigh March 30, 09 03:57 PM

The caption in #14 is incorrect. Would you mind changing it to read:

U.S. Geological Survey scientists gather streamflow information for flood forecasts on the Red River between Moorhead, Minn., and Fargo, N.D.

I am a USGS public affairs specialist (I'm the one with the camera in the photo). I would really appreciate our scientists getting credit for the wonderful work they do. The streamflow information they collect is critical for estimating flood dangers and helps protect lives and property. You can learn more (and check out photos and videos) at
Thank you
Jennifer LaVista

Posted by Jennifer LaVista March 30, 09 03:58 PM

Make no mistake, Fargo and Moorhead residents are alive and well. I can think of no better place to marshal human resoruces to fight a flood of this magnitude. The examples of local leadership, volunteerism, compasion, and human spirit are overwhleming - no words can convey what I've seen and witnessed over the past week. The 2,000 National Gaurdsmen are helping shore up dikes - there is no need to ensure looting doesn't occur. For the second time in a week, it;ll be snowing like crazy as we work to save our community. Watch us America - there are mostly smiles on faces in Fargo and Moorhead...

I am pround to be from ND!

Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 04:00 PM

I am a native Georgian who has just recently moved to Minnesota. Since I've been here I've experienced Major snow (which I'm not accustomed to). I've been through blizzard conditions ( that I've only seen on t.v.) I've felt freezing temperatures that I never imagined any creatures, much less humans could survive. But, the latest and worst experience by far has been the flood conditions (not knowing any better I moved into a flood zone). My mother (along with other family members back home were stunned when I announced that I would be staying in Minnesota. If you want to know why-just look into the faces & hearts of my neighbors.

Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 04:04 PM

From Wyoming....God bless all of you!!! We are not "blaming" Obama, but hell yeah he should have been there by now! You are in our prayers.

Posted by Andrea Dowley March 30, 09 04:05 PM

To #320 The Red River flows north into Canada, that's the problem, when it melts in the South it,s still frozen in the North

Posted by dennis March 30, 09 04:08 PM

When I get to feeling sorry for myself, I'll just remember what you are going through and be thankful.

Posted by Dawn Davis March 30, 09 04:09 PM

To #320 The Red River flows north into Canada, that's the problem, when it melts in the South it,s still frozen in the North

Posted by dennis March 30, 09 04:31 PM

Here's a Virginian who is proud to see what America can be if it doesn't sit on its behind and wait for the government.
No excuses, only proactivity.
Too bad there are areas of our country too lazy, greedy, and perverse to the core to ever be able to emulate this wonderful example.

Posted by Leroy Jenkins March 30, 09 04:35 PM

As always I am so proud of my fellow North Dakotans!!
I am just sorry that I no longer reside there & cannot help!!
I always tell people in North Carolina, where I now reside
what wonderful people live in N.D. !!
It makes me sad to see this happen again!
My parents lost their home on Lincoln Drive in Grand Forks in 97'.

Posted by Dawn Moen Speagle March 30, 09 04:37 PM

In bible study this morning we prayed for strength for all of you who are on the front line. We will continue to keep you uplifted in prayer.

Posted by Pearl Barry St. Ignatius, Mt. March 30, 09 04:39 PM

I have been following this on TV. Where is all of the looting? Where's the victimization? Did FEMA cause this? Where was the President?

Posted by Bill Davies March 30, 09 04:46 PM

I am currently from the Fargo/Moorhead area and grew up about 35 miles north in Halstad. For those who do not understand how flat the Red River Valley truly is...from the window of my parents house we can see the water tower in the neighboring town of Hendrum, MN (who is currently suffering from the flood as well) which is roughly 6 miles away. When driving to Fargo/Moorhead from my hometown there is not as much as a hill, only a couple curves in the road. For those that don't understand why we live here - come visit our area and you will learn of our positive attitudes and friendliness (we truly are "Minnesota Nice" - most of us :) Although my home is not in danger I pray for those who I have been helping and the others facing this disaster.

On Thursday, I did not realize how cold it actually was so I just put on a pair of jeans and a couple sweatshirts and went out to help. By the time I was done it hurt to walk or sit because my legs were so cold and I know others were feeling the same way – but I did not hear one complaint…I did hear laughter and I saw several smiles, which was very heart-warming. Thank you to everyone who has helped with the fight including those who are not here but praying for us. It truly has brought our community together!!!

I look outside and all I can see now is white, again, and it’s almost April; gotta love it :)

My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!! Stay strong!!!

Posted by Jennifer March 30, 09 04:57 PM

So Where is Obama and the democrats when "Real Americans" need help?

Posted by Nicholas Johnston March 30, 09 04:57 PM

To all the people sending their prayers, I suggest you send a donation to the city, red cross, or the national guard. Prayers are good, but I don't see the residents of the city sitting on their asses and praying to be saved from the river - they are out there building dikes and busting their asses to save their homes. If you want to help, help them in a way that does more than makes you feel good.

Posted by Anton March 30, 09 05:19 PM

At least the citizens didn't depend on FEMA to get them off the roofs like
they did in New Orleans.

Posted by Gary S March 30, 09 05:22 PM

Hey Compare the Tenacity of those thousands of volunteers to what happened in New Orleans - no sandbagging volunteers there - and you can rest assured no one was shooting at the helicopters

Posted by Darel Harrington March 30, 09 05:27 PM

As a former native of Minot, ND; I remember the devastating times of the 1969 Minot flood, then the 1969 teacher's strike, and on top of it, the Vietnam war. Some of our fellow students were dying on the other side of the world, my brothers stayed up all night to help sandbag, and when our favorite teachers were gone so suddenly, and substitutes came in to teach a subject they had never taught, the world as we teenagers knew it was turned upside down........ But no matter what,...
ND work ethic, determination, perserverance, prayers to God, and comradery, just doesn't die off very easily!!!!!!!!! If you are proud to be an American, try being proud to be a ND American!!! That 's a pride that goes with you everywhere!! No matter how far away you or I may move to by choice, those who have stayed to uphold the state's economy, and perservered no matter what hardship came their way, ....those are the ones we are most proud of!
I have been in California, for 10 yrs, and am proud to say that we will be moving back there within the next few months. I thought it was better to be a Californian when we first moved here, and now I can't wait to get the heck out of here, and head back to where people are genuine, trustworthy, and most of all kind and considerate. May Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Bless you, Keep you safe and Protect you beyond earthly measure.
I am sorry we are not there to help during these troubled times!! I weep as I see the photos my family members have sent us. But, know this, that you shall REBOUND, AND WILL LIVE TO CONQUER ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DISASTER, AND ANOTHER GLORY!!! WHY?? BECAUSE IT IS IN YOUR STRONG WILLS, YOUR KIND HEARTS, AND YOUR LOVING SOULS, THAT'S WHY!!
WE ARE ONCE AGAIN PROUD TO MOVE BACK THERE AND PAY TAXES TO ND, AND BE A PART OF THE "HEART" OF THE COUNTRY; not only in location, but in the hearts of all the residents, as well.

Debbi Swhan Hegney, Xouthern California

Posted by Debbi Schwan Hegney/ Returning to the homeland ! March 30, 09 05:35 PM

I am one proud to say I live in ND, Fargo to be exact. I am one one the thousands of volunteered time and effort in this fight. I did the same in 97 when we flooded then too. it is absolutely amazing to watch people come together and stand shoulder to shoulder helping out people they will probably never see again in their lives. It doesn't matter what school colors or uniforms you wear, you see crosstown and state rivals rival schools standing together to fight this as we are united as one. People actually open their homes to perfect strangers for a place to rest or clean up. Restaurants donate food by the truckload to help feed the workers, businesses close to send workers to assist . We here dont sit on our butts waiting for the Goverment to step in and help we react. I am proud to be from and living in ND .

Posted by Tim Larson March 30, 09 05:41 PM

When is Fargo going to wake up and build dikes, like Grand Forks, They should never waited until the riv er got so high before they started sand bagging.
Good Luck

Posted by Janet C. Dreyer March 30, 09 05:47 PM

My heart goes out to all of you up there fighting those flood waters in the bitter cold no less. I am truly amazed to see people of all ages helping. I so agree with the fellow who wrote # 367. You see much much more helping and involvement of pretty much every age. The pic of the 12yr old is incredible and says a lot. What a good young man he is! :) Bless you all!!

Posted by Ashleigh March 30, 09 05:48 PM

#426: Are you DAFT or is it just that you can't read? Obama and the democrats are THERE, in the form of 100's and 100's of national guardsmen, U.S. Coast Guard, ambulances, helicoptors, and other state and federal government first responders . What magic would you have them performing at this point that has not already been done?

Posted by Jane from MN March 30, 09 05:50 PM

The attacks and complaints are endless against our Mayor, President, FEMA, government, etc. However, I have noticed most of those attacks and complaints are from those not from the FM area. I am proud to come from such a city (Fargo) where we are presented an issue and work through it together, rather than expecting help elsewhere. I am not disappointed with any of the decisions our Mayor, President, FEMA, and our government have chosen, so for those of you who think it should be "better", we are confident in ourselves and each other to work through this disaster. The thoughts are appreciated as it shows concern from some of you, but just remember, we are the hardworking community that gets through things like this.

Posted by Rita March 30, 09 06:12 PM

I would like to thank everyone who has helped us, National guard, Coast guard, Border patrol, Red cross,FEMA, Area fire, police, highway patrol, ambulance and volunteers that came from everywhere.
Thanks to the folks who wrote positive remarks. You have to be from around here to understand what is going on. This is the highest the river has been in recorded history. And I am sure we will have permanent protection being built as soon as we can.
Tim Fox Fargo ND

Posted by Tim March 30, 09 06:14 PM

North Dakota and Minn you are making the nation proud and showing the other states and cities what working together means. God Bless you all

Posted by jay nelson from AR March 30, 09 06:31 PM

Ashleigh, that beautiful 12-year-old boy's photo moved me to tears. How proud his parents must be! North Dakota, you're WONDERFUL!! We're pulling for you! What an example you are for the rest of this country!

Posted by d3b0rah March 30, 09 06:47 PM


Posted by S. J. MARSDEN March 30, 09 06:53 PM

The good people of North Dakota and Minnesota are a hardy lot, so they are
doing what they have always done through the years. SURVIVE!
Just look at the old community record books of the early immigrants from other countries and see the pictures of the determined looks on their faces. Look at
the fur caps and coats they wear to brave the cold.
May God bless their grit and resolve to get through this.
I am proud to have their pioneer blood flowing through my veins.

Posted by Evelyn R. McGillivray March 30, 09 06:56 PM

a lot of people talk about god, but who do you think was the one that made the river flood? lol....

Posted by ck March 30, 09 06:57 PM

If you go to then click on entertainment then go to photo album you can see pictures of the flood and the sandbaggers. Some may question why we live near the Red River and why we stay, same could be said of the people of CA and earthquakes or OK and tornadoes. This is home, we do what we need to do to protect it. As for those who feel compelled to voice their political views in this forum, perhaps you need to throw a few sandbags to really put things in perspective. It's about surviving, not politics

Posted by ducksoup_14 March 30, 09 07:07 PM

Kudos to the citizens of North Dakota. You never truly know your neighbors, friends and relatives until a disaster strikes. These folks are what made America great in the first place. They saw a need and worked to fill it. God Bless them all. I only hope everyone else will learn a lesson from their willingness to work together. If I was young enough I'd probably move there just to have neighbors like these.

Posted by Margaret March 30, 09 07:08 PM

i've been in the los angeles area for 30 years at this point but growing up in new rockford nd and now with my mother living in fargo i have such deep respect for the hard work and the community spirit. when we have natural disasters here we have looting and riots. i suffered thru 2 wild fires this fall being evacuated twice in 4 weeks with the fire lapping just across the street from my house with 200 foot flames. on top of putting down the disaster we have so many of our officers trying to maintain peace and keep people from stealing everything. that does not happen in north dakota. it certainly is a great place to be from. my love and prayers to you all.

Posted by Judy Dawn Gross March 30, 09 07:10 PM

To the comment re: why didn't Fargo build dikes? When the last flood occured in 1997 on the Red River, Grand Forks was hardest hit. By the time federal funds used for the dikes in Grand Forks, there was no more money available for the dikes in Fargo. Do some research before you imply that the people and government in North Dakota are unaware of what needs to be done.

Posted by Phllis E March 30, 09 07:12 PM

My brotherinlaw helped fill sand bags he lives in Fargo good job and his daughte my nieice came down from Minneapolis Mn to help sand bag good job Jodi.

Posted by Shirley Thompsoin March 30, 09 07:19 PM

I live in Northern Minnesota and yes people do what they can around here daily without a crisis to help one another. Within a crisis, many more pitch in. Many here wonder why other cities like New Orleans and such didn't do the same in the face of adversity. Not that there wasn't, I know many help selflessly, but those that expect the Government or some other agency to step in need to realize that the initial action has to be done with our own common sense and Godly wisdom.

When your faced with nature your only friend is God's grace and wisdom, not FEMA. FEMA is a blessing but if someone says that a disaster is bearing down and it could be soon, you react. If you choose to sit it out don't complain or blame others if the results are far worse than you personally imagined.
Yes, Fargo, Grand Forks, Northern Minnesota and North Dakota has once again shown that it has what it takes to rise to an occasion.

Posted by Brian Higman March 30, 09 07:26 PM

God Bless the people of Fargo and all the troubled areas. These wonderful people deserve the best possible outcome for all your hard work and brotherhood.

Posted by Stan B. Witkowski March 30, 09 07:29 PM

These people didn't sit on their fat asses and cry out we need help. These are true American heros.This is how America was built.
I don't see any pictures of our President flying over.

Posted by Larry Hroncich March 30, 09 07:31 PM

Thank you Post 389!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Former Grand Forks AFB resident

Posted by Caulton "CJ" James March 30, 09 07:41 PM

Just shows what N. Dak and Minn. people are made of. Even tho I no longer live in ND makes me proud to say I was ND born and raised ! Keep fighting and God Bless you all.

Posted by Sharon March 30, 09 07:45 PM

North Dakotans are the salt of the earth!! Hang in there Fargo, the photos certainly tell the tale. Our thoughts have been with you

I'm originally from Devils Lake, sounds like it will be next!!! You all are an inspiration to the rest of us.

Posted by Mary L. Roed March 30, 09 07:48 PM

Although I live in Mississippi, I have relatives in both North and South Dalota. I pray for everyone's safety through this trying time.

Unity is always the best way; rather it be in your church, your home or your community. We all must rely on each other and God. He will always see us through the hard times and He is always there for us; always.

Our prayers are with all you. Hopefully this crazy weather will soon give way to Spring and the waters will recede. It will start to warm up and the earth will bare fruit and a new day will be dawn.

Posted by Nancy March 30, 09 08:07 PM

I was raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis. When I tell people "back home" that I now live in Fargo, North Dakota, they often chuckle. That will no longer be the case! Now everyone will know why I am so proud to live here. The young people rallied to help "save" our community. Neighbors helped neighbors, even after they lost their own home. Our mayor never used the words "can't" or "won't." We were/are constantly surrounded by positive leadership and encouraging words coming from: City Hall, the National Guard, the FPS District Office, area police departments, fire departments, NDSU/ MSUM/ Concordia students, etc. -- This is the greatest place to live. I will never move away!

Posted by Kathy March 30, 09 08:13 PM

Only in America can this happen I believe. People in the Midwest are a hardworking helping breed. Good to see warms my heart.

Posted by Gerry Brylski March 30, 09 08:14 PM

inspiring people

Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 08:15 PM

I have lived in this beautiful state, North Dakota, for eight years. Something I have noticed, which disturbs me, is the tendency of the people here to think that they are the hardiest, most long-suffering, and neighborly people on the earth. I have received dozens of communications since Katrina describing, in horribly racist and ignorant terms, how "we" here in NoDak handle catastrophe, vs those "animals" in New Orleans, etc. It goes on: Snow emergencies on the West Coast, they laugh at here. Etc.
This HAS to be a product of the social and geographical isolation of this glorious place. I can't believe that the people here, if they had any way to know, can even begin to compare their unique natural disasters to Katrina, or two feet of snow in Seattle, for instance. That only tells me that they have never experienced snow in Seattle, nor anything as suddenly powerful and completely devastating as an historic hurricane in a sea-level city. I admire the North Dakotans' response to this flooding, although I can't imagine how they can compare it to Katrina. I hope and wish for the best, from out here in the SW part of the state. I just hope to see something other than such a finely tuned sense of self-preservation in the hearts of the people of this great state. Something like, maybe, some compassion. Hopefully they will develop this sense of compassion throughout their sacrifices this week, rather than the self-justification that seems to be the typical cultural response, here.

Posted by Linn March 30, 09 08:22 PM

I have always been extremely proud to say that I was born and raised in North Dakota. My parents gave their children the strong work ethic, kindness, caring and compassion for their fellow man that you see in these photos. My heart goes out to all the wonderful people in the State of North Dakota. Your are truly amazing examples for the rest of the world! Now, maybe when I tell people that I was born in North Dakota, they won't ask, "Is that where the Black Hills are"?....or... "I've never met anyone from that state before".

Posted by Rebecca March 30, 09 08:26 PM

It is so disappointing to read the derogatory comments about the people of New Orleans and what happened there in 2005. New Orleans did have flood protection in place, as is being suggested for the Fargo area, however, the Corps of Engineers made some serious mistakes which resulted in the worst natural disaster this country has experienced. I was also born and raised in North Dakota and have a tremendous appreciation for the "culture" that continues there, however, please don't judge all New Orleans residents by what the media represented throughout the disaster. Nobody expected the city to flood due to its' perceived protection and the residents did not have time to react and "prevent" the flood from occurring. Had Fargo become victims of a flash flood, as was the case in New Orleans, the outcome may not have been much different. Our prayers are with y'all!

Posted by Jane March 30, 09 08:29 PM


Posted by DANIELLE HERNANDEZ March 30, 09 08:38 PM

I'm from Wahpeton and know some of what the people in Fargo are going through. They are going through extreme feelings of thankfulness for the wonderful community they live in. I believe we are given glimpses of heaven while here on earth. No where more so than in this valley right now. We live in a community where the 'younger generation' literally saved our cities with their tireless strength, desire to help, and willingness to help at all hours. College, high school and junior high students worked tirelessly to dike houses and neighborhoods for people they often didn't know. Didn't matter to them. Someone needed help and these wonderful young people answered the call. Putting someone else's needs before yours even though you are tired, cold, sore, hungry and dirty is the work of an angel. I'm so proud of our younger generation. This kind of helping one another which is the norm here in North Dakota is the reason we stay here. Praying for you, all communities north!

Posted by thankful North Dakotan March 30, 09 08:44 PM

I am from Georgia, I spent about 8 months up there in Bismarck, Mandan, Shields, I met a lot of really nice people up there. I learned a lot from them, how to cope with different situations of all kinds. You people from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota are truly amazing. My heart & prayers go out to you all. I really am concerned about the outcome of this ordeal, with God's hands & yours, you will be just fine. I will pray for you everyday. Tommy

Posted by Tommy Lansdell March 30, 09 08:48 PM

As a former resident of North Dakota my heart goes out to all of you affected by this disaster. I now live in California and although we have earthquakes and other natural disasters - such as the fires last November, I am very proud to say I am from one of the greatest states in our nation. Keep safe, warm and dry. God's blessings to all of you who are helping one another.

Posted by Sheila March 30, 09 08:50 PM

Our hearts go out to you. I wish we lived closer so we could help you sand bag.God bless you and watch over you. Larry and Rosie and Dakota-Yakima, Washington

Posted by Larry Simpson March 30, 09 08:57 PM

Home is a precious thing,
"the amount of time they need to hold the levee is not enough"
This is wonderful that they try to save their homes regardless what some people say about it.

charles PA

Posted by charles March 30, 09 09:14 PM

We lived in Fargo from the late seventies and early eighties as a Navy Recruiter.
when I see the pictures of this disaster, it brings tears to my eyes. I ask that God
help these people and keep them in the safety of his arms. You are a strong people and you are showing the world how decent people live. God Bless you all and may he keep you safe.

Posted by Kurt & Michiko Schamber March 30, 09 09:16 PM

Guys our life depends on us. were the ones making global warming.DO YOU WANT TO DIE?!?we better help our environment or else we can die before we know it !!!!!!!!

Posted by Rebekah March 30, 09 09:18 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the areas in trouble. I am especially proud to say I am from North Dakota in times of need they all try and stick together. I want to especially thank our wonderful friend Shane Wilson a National Guard out of Williston ND. Be careful and come home safe. We are very proud of you!!!!

Posted by Ronette March 30, 09 09:26 PM

They made it!! Water is going down. Good For all of you!

Posted by HCS March 30, 09 09:27 PM

I am so proud of my fellow No-daks. But I am embarrassed by some of the comments. One comment referred to New Orleans as the Chocolate City. This is very racist and rather than be known for heroism and fortitude which is deserved, other parts of the country will identify us as racist. There is a comment that President Obama has not visited. His absence is purposeful so as not to divert attention. He pledged support in his Saturday radio address and even the Coast Guard is here! The misunderstanding about "blaming" President Bush "for" Katrina was that he had appointed a crony with inappropriate experience to head FEMA and then said he was doing a great job (Brownie) when he was not. The Red River raged/rages and the fight was/is valiant. However, it is coming by ground from a known direction to a population of thousands, not from the sky with a moving target to a population of millions. We have here, comparison of apples to watermelons. I have always been proud to be a NoDak. I am proud of the fighting relentless spirit. But I am ashamed of small mindedness. I don't want the bad to overshadow the good. We pray for God's protection but some of this doesn't sound very Christian. I hope the negativity can stop so that we can be all that we can be.

Posted by Annie Nemous March 30, 09 09:46 PM

Hi there: We, here in Canada, haven't forgotten about our neighbours to the South of us. There are also, people from Canada helping you out with the sand bagging and some of the organization. Yes; we Canadians might squabble with our American brothers but when push comes to shove, many of us will stand beside you. I live in a city called Winnipeg, located 200 miles north of Fargo, ND, with a population of 800,000 and the flood waters Fargo and surounding communities are getting will arrive within 2 - 2 1/2 weeks from now in our City.
Good luck and we love you people!

Posted by Randy March 30, 09 09:52 PM

I am originally from Oxbow, ND and was unable to make it back in time to help and it pains me to not be there with my family and friends to help out. I will be there for the cleanup, but I wish I could do more. My childhood home actually collapsed under the pressure of the waters and I pray for the current owners of my old home that they are safe and will find a way to rebuild. North Dakotans and Minnesotans are the kindest people in America! I am so proud that I was born and raised in ND and am also a proud MN resident. I don't think I will ever leave the midwest, no matter how cold it gets! I love it here!! Prayers to everyone and I will be home soon.

Posted by Nikki March 30, 09 09:57 PM

I have spent some serious time sandbagging Missouri River Levees in Chesterfield, MO. Unless you've done it you have no idea how scary it is, how uncomfortable it is and how tiring it is. I have nothing but respect for these volunteers. God Bless each and every one of them.

Posted by Jim Ketchum March 30, 09 10:14 PM

when I look at these pictures, it reminds me how the generations of the welfare in New Orleans just waited for the government to take care of them. And some of them are still waiting. And some of them are still looting and ganging and whining. You'll also notice there aren't many blacks,chinese,mexicans in these pictures. The government should let the heart of the nation run America. You'd see success and people helping one another instead of waiting for a handout from the government.

Posted by billie March 30, 09 10:19 PM

To #441.... God works in mysterious ways ... even in the midst of disaster.

Posted by Fargoan March 30, 09 10:19 PM

Thank you everyone for the support and prayers! So lets please stop all the blaming and comparisons none of that is going to get us through this flood. What will get us through is continued hard work from all us and the support of our fellow Americans.
Fargo ND

Posted by Evan March 30, 09 10:19 PM

Post 365 is well worth reading and realizing that we see (and don't see) all of this nearly every year.

To post 389 and a few others out there - it's not the location or the income level or the 'class' or the disaster or how often it happens or doesn't happen. Its the people. We all have the ability to choose how we will respond to the events around us.

Posted by rokadade March 30, 09 10:27 PM

look at all of their faces...they are smiling! In times like these you need to smile because when tragedy strikes, what good is it to sit around and complain and feel depressed-thats a waste of time. Sure its ok to cry and get histaricle for a little bit its only natural to react that way but it will pass and things do get better. Might as well put all your frustrations to good use and just start getting your life back together. You can just tell by all of their faces that they had complete faith and drive to overcome and move on from this disaster. May God bless us all with the strength to make it through any obstacle we face.

Posted by Jessica Lynn March 30, 09 11:00 PM

I am from Louisiana and I see by the photos that the people in the flood area are not waiting for the government to come and save them like the people in New Orleans did during Hurricane Katrina and once they were safe in hotels, campers and shelters they destroyed the shelters that they lived in, spit at volunteers who brought them sandwiches instead of a hot lunch and laid blame on everyone but themselves. Many refused transportation from New Orleans on school busses becaused they were not air conditioned. God bless the people of Minnesota, North Dakota and other places along the Red river who did not wait for the gg government to save their rearends.

Posted by Charles Daniels March 30, 09 11:03 PM

You all are in my prayers, hang in there ang GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Posted by MICHELLE March 30, 09 11:07 PM

WOW, another disaster caused by global warming. If it gets any warmer everybody in N.D. is going to freeze to death. Where is Al Gore when you really need him? Also, how come the police aren't out collecting guns from honest gun owners trying to protect their lives and property? Everybody knows North Dakotans are dangerously armed to the teeth. Oh, I forgot, there is no chance of injuring a looter because there are no looters in N.D. What a quaint place. GREAT JOB GUYS. YOU ARE SHOWING AMERICA HOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE DONE.

Posted by Ross Weaver March 30, 09 11:22 PM

Has this area ever had floods like this before? It's a shame that they are so unprepared. If only they had some warning or something. If they knew this was possible I's sure noone would have even considered living in a flood prone area. Perhaps they should move to someplace safer like a trailer park in Florida or Oklahoma.

Posted by Seth March 30, 09 11:30 PM

The VERY best of luck to all the residents in the floor areas, as well as all the volunteers. I highly doubt Obamalamadingdong will be there... he doesn' care about the elderly and their health care, he doesn't care about unborn or partially born babies, and he doesn't care about baby embryos... so why would he care about anyone else? And, if I recall, there was another natural disaster not that long ago, where he didn't show up at, and I believe he said something to the effect of "I don't want to cause any distractions..." This guy thinks he's something else, and there is absolutely NOTHING good about him...

Posted by Donna March 30, 09 11:33 PM

wow that's so amazing

Posted by Hot Springs Arkansas March 30, 09 11:37 PM

Wow! You guys are an inspiration to the rest of us who still wonder, "What were they thinking?" when millions in Louisiana just sat by and watched the world crumble around them and waited to be bailed out by heart goes out to all of you, as do my prayers that you all stay safe AND DRY. Stay strong, this storm too, shall pass.

Posted by Bama Girl 65 March 30, 09 11:39 PM

Lets take care of USA instead of the world, take care of the taxpayers.

Posted by Charles Lehar March 30, 09 11:49 PM

To # 457 and all the others out there who think the people of ND are racist and have an ego problem...the interstate runs both into and out of the state and you can be welcome to use it if you wish. I've grown up mostly here but have lived all over, and I will say that the people here are a different breed. Yes, sometimes it seems that some need to pull their heads out of the dirt and realize that there are lots of other cultures out there and we all need to respect one another, but that's NOT the majority of people here. You can't deny it, either, that the reactions of the public to disaster have been different here than in other areas. Everyone's too busy being hard at work to complain. To say that people are just using this crisis to have an excuse to brag about how resilient we are is just rediculous. Compassion is all over our great state, but you'd have to get out ther and interact with the people to witness it. If you don't like the people here, the roads should be plowed soon and you can go ahead and use one.

Posted by Chris March 30, 09 11:50 PM

Thank God for the Red Cross and the City of Fargo getting our citizens to safe ground. When I wasn't able to get my mother to a safe place the city helped me get her to a safety. Thanks for all the help that came from different states. The community is wonderful and we all appreciate everything that everyone has done.

Posted by Diane Peterson March 30, 09 11:53 PM

I credit these people with a great deal of strengh and determination . Again it is a good example and proof that our communitionns can work better together when fear is present. Fight for a common goal, so to speak. One day I pray we call all stop hurting each other and have respect for each other.

Posted by Eleanor Cerny March 30, 09 11:55 PM

Nature can be a fierce enemy. I wish you all God Speed.
I hope some kind of a permanent barrier can be built along the river
to protect every one. From Wyoming.

Posted by Anonymous March 30, 09 11:58 PM


Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 12:04 AM

How well we remember the Grand Forks flood of '97! Our rented home was inundated and every other home in the neighborhood - 4 1/2 water on the main floor, destroying everything; second floor upstairs, OK. Our prayers and admiration extend to all the courageous people fighting to preserve their homes in Fargo!

Posted by David & Miriam Johnson March 31, 09 12:05 AM

Hey Jane #459, do you need a little history refresher course? I know this isn't supposed to be a political forum, but then again who says it isn't? Let's reckon back to New Orleans and hurricane Katrina. If you recall they had plenty of time to evacuate the city from the flood. Mayor Nagen in his infinite wisdom decided not to use the 500+ school buses to bus people out of there. The levies on Lake Pontchartrain weren't sufficient and they knew it. The government over the years had given Louisiana and New Orleans plenty of money to fix it but they - being the most corrupt state in recent history - decided not to strengthen the levies, they used the money for other things like welfare and other worthless programs that are designed to keep minorities beholden to the democrats. Anyway, the main thing is that they (N.O.) had time to get the people out of there. Hurricanes are tracked for weeks and they do know at least a couple of days before hand where they are going to hit land.
As for post #434 if you wrote that one too. You could then also say the Bush and the republicans were in New Orleans too. The National Guard and FEMA was there and into the city as soon as they could get in there. I haven't heard that Obama has been to visit the devastation in N.D. It sure is funny how the drive-by media doesn't hound on Obama for that. Instead Obama is back in D.C. having townhall meeting with people who donated to the dems and his campaign. He also has time to do a NCAA bracket for ESPN but not enough time to get his arss out to N.D. Let's be fair, if the dem's and their propaganda machine-the media- is going to blast Bush, someone needs to blast Obama.

Posted by Sharpdogg March 31, 09 12:12 AM

God bless these wonderful people fighting to save all that they have.

Posted by Paul Bolan March 31, 09 12:13 AM

If anyone is interested in more information, is the fargo newspaper's website and has a lot of updates!! Also some bad news, I just heard on the news that there is going to be another crest of about 38-39 feet mid-April, due possibly to the 12-15 inches of snow we are supposed to be getting today and tomorrow. Yay... Anyways, I love you Fargo/Moorhead! Hang in there everybody!! WE DO WHAT IS HEROIC, SIMPLY BECAUSE IT IS NEEDED...

Posted by Jessica March 31, 09 12:17 AM

You folks up north help to show the rest of the country what we folks in the midwest are made of: faith, determination, hard work and love. We folks here in Kansas send many prayers and resources your way.

Posted by Caroline Kelly March 31, 09 12:22 AM

I’m very impressed with the commitment of my fellow North Dakotans!!! You did it!!! Hard work and dedication to your community are traits rarely found today, and AWAYS found in North Dakotans. Born and raised there, but, had to move for work; my heart and pride are with you ALWAYS. I miss you all.


Mark Mischke

Posted by Mark Mischke March 31, 09 12:33 AM

WOW I'm sure moved by these photos. God bless all of you.
Hang in there. A great big THANK YOU to all you folks helping out.
I'll pray for all.

Posted by Gregory Bartels March 31, 09 12:35 AM

I pray to God that the wonderful people of ND are protected. I grew up in SD and it is nice to see that the attitude is still the same. Everyone comes together to help eachother in time of need. Children and adults. It is inspiring. May God Bless you and keep you from harm.

Posted by Suzanne H-Gary March 31, 09 12:36 AM

I hope the CEOs around the country are paying attention to the Midwest as one of the best areas of the world to either insource or outsource jobs.

Posted by Del March 31, 09 12:52 AM

Dear 432,
We would love a permanent dike. Because of the disaster in Grand Forks, they got it first. Good manners require that we wait our turn.
For those of you who wonder why we don't move. Silly you. You don't know our best kept secret. We have the Arts, Music, dance, kids go on to Broadway. We have sports, some who played for the NY Yankees (Roger Maris and others) and some in the NHL, soccer at the national level. Also we have a kick butt
business computer company that was purchased by Microsoft. We have 3 universities in the FM area plus three othee private and technical colleges.

When the glaciers scraped across the upper Midwest, They left us a huge flat lake bed. Essentially we are a huge bowl. We can SEE next weeks weather coming.

What you see during our problems noiw is dirty, tired men, women, and children with smiles of pride in a job well done.

Thanks for the prayers.

Posted by March 31, 09 12:58 AM

Number 470 introduces thoughtful perspective while some others indulge in simple minded bigotry, unworthy of most of my fellow North Dakotans who , contrary to stereotypes, are not midwest yokels who have never traveled from their borders to the Deep South. Some rock throwing by right wing Republicans is to be expected, with typical half truths about the government and Democrats. I agree with the majority who applaud the sense of neighborliness and generosity which I remember so well growing up in North West North Dakota where our problems were dust storms instead of floods.

Posted by Ron Soderquist, now in California March 31, 09 01:06 AM

May God look down on those brave,brave people on the Red River and do what I know he can do.,I'll pray for you all.

Posted by Dianne Morgan,Newnan,Ga. March 31, 09 01:10 AM

it is a real shame. But when mother nature screws you like this, you have to turn around and screw her right back up the ass. Bring in the heavy artillery and blow those ice dams to kingdom come.

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 01:26 AM

IT is amazing how a crisis, no matter how devistating, or where its location is, hecklers will come, and opinions will be tossed, Blessings will be given and blame will be pointed... but in all ends.... what matters most is> the determination of the people who are affected by the crisis. Floods, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, fires, tornados. The People is what makes this area so great. If u dont live here and visit with them you will NEVER know the extent of the hospitality and generosity they possess. I live not too far away from the Fargo Moorhead area, and i do have family that lives there. By CHOICE.. Freedom ... and willingness to adapt. My prayers and blessings go out to everyone who has helped with this disaster. There have been many comments to dislike of what goes on here, but like some people say, if u dont like it, u know where to go. We are a proud folk here, and we stand together no matter what.
God bless everyone. Good luck and GOOD JOB!

Posted by JW March 31, 09 01:58 AM

Hey Wall Street! Come on down, the waters fine! Maybe lend a hand and spread some of that hijacked money around where it can do some God will bless you for it.....

Posted by Seymour Flurd March 31, 09 01:58 AM

I am so proud to be from North Dakota! What a wonderful community! Your example of working together is a tremendous example to the world! Our family prays for you daily.

Blessings to you all,
Nikki Nordby Doci

Posted by Nikki Doci March 31, 09 02:46 AM

The pride of North Dakota and Minnesota lives on......Commitment and fellowship in hard times make myself and I'm sure all of us up here just down right proud of all the hard work people endure to make sure neighbors and friends are safe and secure!!! Hats off to all that took time to save a neighbor and may the chain continue!!!!!!!

Posted by L. Perleberg March 31, 09 03:42 AM

Best wishes for controling the disaster. Impressive reacting from local people. Warm luck from France

Posted by Yann March 31, 09 04:10 AM

My heart goes out to all the residents in the North Dakota area, as well as those living along the Red River. I will make a contribution through my local Red Cross in my city. I live in Southeast Texas and I hav gone through Hurricanes Rita and Ike suffering severe damages. I know what these people are going through. Texasn are really having medical problems as a result of Hurricane Ike. The illnesses range from anxiety, depression, elevated blood pressure, sleepliness, and other illnesses.Hospitals and doctors offices are feeling the effects still. I will pray for these families.

Posted by Marian Boone March 31, 09 04:19 AM

And not one person standing on a roof with a sign saying "Where's the government with my check?"

Posted by Rick Meyer March 31, 09 05:26 AM

Wake up people!!! This isn't the time to point the finger and try to figure who's at fault. Those of you from Fargo and the surrounding areas should be very proud of yourselves and be thankful that it doesn't get any worse than it aready is. You all know the meaning of true friendship and pulling together as a township.. Just remember...God never gives us anything that we cannot handle! May God bless all of those who have helped.

Posted by Cathy March 31, 09 05:38 AM

Hey Pelosi and all you other liberal wimps in Washington, these people need help.When it was 80+ degrees in New Orleans you were in there in a flash providing tax payer dollars to rioters, rapists, theives, and people standing on roofs saying, "Where's my money?' These people here in Minn. and N. Dakota haven't whimpered and are out there fighting Mother Nature being in one of her meanest attitudes and you don't here them whining for " Their Money." I see Americana at it's best there. These folks have Guts, Will, and Desire. I salute you all.

Posted by Jim March 31, 09 07:38 AM

North Dakota AGAIN shows what it's made of - super, tough people! We are so proud of you.

Posted by Russ & Peggy Gustin/Fairfax, Va March 31, 09 07:41 AM

These midwesterners sure do compare favorably to that New Orleans bunch.

Posted by Don, Fort Myers, FL March 31, 09 07:57 AM

I see this on the National news nightly...I am touched and truly impressed by all the people that live in ND and all the people who have come from surrounding states to give a helping hand. this is truly amzaing and it brings tears to my eyes, not of sadness, but of being proud to be an American... of knowing that hand n hand, we can all make it together through anything.
You are all in my prayers !!!!!!!

Posted by JoAnn Anglim March 31, 09 07:57 AM

I lived in Minot, for almost 25yrs and I remember the flood in 1989. My heart goes out to the volunteers and all the people of ND, fighting against Mother Nature, once again. Yes, where is Obama? Just like Bush, during Katrina. Running their mouths and not really doing anything. Take care all of you and hopefully, Mother Nature will cool her jets.

Posted by Sybil Johnson March 31, 09 08:27 AM

After just getting of another graveyard shift passing radio traffic (amateur radio personnel) I'm so glad we could pull this off in such a short order. After working with Cass and Clay county emergency staff, FEMA, Coast Guard, National Guard, police, fire, and the ambulance guys (and anyone else I missed).. we are all tired but we are smiling.. Hey you guys did great job and I'm proud of our local amateur radio club helping you guys out..

We are all going need a few beers when this whole thing is over.

Posted by kc0oet March 31, 09 08:35 AM

I am so much moved by seeing this wonderful people of God.I love people of America for your wonderful unity of helping others world knows you .I am pastor richard from india this is my first visit to America .I went to Minneapolis and saint pauls their love is touched my heart very much .I cry for the people who are suffering in that cold flood.I wanted to be there and help you guys .I saw all the pictures i cried before the lord .I thankful to all the people who are showing christlike serving and servant hood .You remember that Jesus said love your God with all your heart and Love your all are fulfilling Gods desiring for helping this wonderful people i am so proud of you .Jesus also said the one who is in love he is in me thanks with love pastor richard.india

Posted by pastor richard March 31, 09 08:36 AM

My heart goes out to these people, but it is a beautiful sight to see how they have all come together as a community to help each other. It is a hard learned lesson on compassion and being totally selfless in a time of need. They set a wonderful example of how things should be in our country. Giving, careing, and hard working are a modest description of the people of this community. They set an honorable example to the rest of us, raising the bar. God Bless every one of them and keep them safe through this.

Posted by CL. Betschen March 31, 09 08:40 AM

I am so much moved by seeing this wonderful people of God.I love people of America for your wonderful unity of helping others world knows you .I am pastor richard from india this is my first visit to America .I went to Minneapolis and saint pauls their love is touched my heart very much .I cry for the people who are suffering in that cold flood.I wanted to be there and help you guys .I saw all the pictures i cried before the lord .I thankful to all the people who are showing christlike serving and servant hood .You remember that Jesus said love your God with all your heart and Love your all are fulfilling Gods desiring for helping this wonderful people i am so proud of you .Jesus also said the one who is in love he is in me thanks with love pastor richard.india .

Posted by pastor richard March 31, 09 08:43 AM



Posted by MRS. LAURA B WHITE ( DEAF ) March 31, 09 09:03 AM

You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Rhonda Lansdell March 31, 09 09:08 AM

How refreshing to see a community pulling together to face this natural disaster together. We won't hear for years about how the unfortunate residents of North Dakota are still waiting for the government to come and fix things. They will pick up shovels and hammers when the flooding has passed, and will start putting their lives back together themselves. That is the hard-working American spirit that many parts of our country need to rediscover.

Posted by Jen from Washington State March 31, 09 09:10 AM

The people in Kansas also know what disasters are such as the recent tornadoes in Greensburg and Chapman which literally cleaned them off the map. Yes the midwest ethic is strong rooted in faith, family and friends! I have a brother in the Fargo area and his daughter was helping sandbag levies. God bless them all with courage and perseverance our prayers are with you - JOB WELL DONE!

Posted by R. Ryan March 31, 09 09:11 AM

I am so proud of my fellow NoDaks. But I am ashamed of some of the comments.
Where were the Democrats? Sheesh. Right there beside the Republicans, filling sandbags, fighting that River. President Obama won the college vote resoundingly. FM is fortunate to have had thousands of college students to answer the call to help. I know my kids did. I suppose they weren't wearing their Obama shirts so you could not tell who they were. But shame on anyone who thinks the Democrats were not there. They were the first to worry about someone else's house. My kids had no personal property at risk and neither did many of those college students who voted for now President Obama. Yet, they came in droves.
The misunderstanding about "blaming" President Bush "for" Katrina was that he had appointed a crony with inappropriate experience to head FEMA and then said he was doing a great job (Brownie) when he was not. The Red River raged/rages and the fight was/is valiant. However, it is coming by ground from a known direction to a population of thousands, not from the sky with a moving target to a population of millions. You compare peas to pumpkins (apples and oranges are not different enough). I am proud of the fighting relentless spirit. But I am ashamed -ashamed!-of small, incapable minds. If we are going to pray for God's protection, I challenge us also resurrect WWJW in word and deed.

Posted by Annie Nemous March 31, 09 09:20 AM

I am happy to be a North Dakota citizen. I'm glad Fargo waters are going down, and Lisbon waters are going down, but Jamestown is now getting ready for the flood. As a college student we are asked to stay in Jamestown so we can help sandbag here. I just hope that the snow melts slowly this time. And as for the comments like where is FEMA? FEMA is in Jamestown. We have an emergency hospital on campus, because we have a lot of Fargo evacuees here. I believe the government is doing a great job. Especially since the National Guard is all over the state of ND not just Fargo helping out. Kodos to all the mayors out there, and Governor Hoven... without you this would all be chaos. Stay Safe ND!

Posted by Tiffany March 31, 09 09:25 AM

Anton in post #428 is an assh*le. I will keep praying for all accept him. I don't know about his God, but my God creates miracles beyond a few bucks to the Red Cross. For those of us that have done both Pray and donate, keep fighting for our families and friends being affected by the floods. Every person, animal, and home being threatened is IN MY FAMILIES PRAYERS EVERYDAY!

Posted by Tena March 31, 09 09:45 AM


Posted by LOU March 31, 09 10:03 AM

As a lifelong resident of North Dakota's sister state, South Dakota, I was moved to tears by the photos which show such damage but also show such courage and grace. This huge effort is an inspiring example of the kind of people and their values who call these states home. The Dakotas are home.

Posted by Janet March 31, 09 10:22 AM

I'v read these comments-- hundreds of them-- and noticed a few things. Global warming fans love to use CAPS and scream using them about how we're all gonna die. First guys, our biggest flood until now ws in 1897-- not 1997 and it would be interesting to see your warming numbers from back then. Second, we dont argue politics when we are in crisis mode-- we come together and work concentrating on what we share-- our valley-- not what we disagree on. None of these commenters mentioned they were from ND or MN. We have our screamers up here too but they are cosiderate enough to keep it down until we are all safe.

Posted by Gary March 31, 09 10:38 AM

What a birth mark. I was born during the Susquehanna river flood of 1936. My Mom was stranded by it some fifty miles from home. Think of how many will be told that they were born during the flood of '09'.
God is in control. but he is not a puppetteer.The weather, the mountains and river beds are ,Bibically, the result of the Genesis Flood, which was a Judgement call. Since that day, we are for the most part dealing with what was set in motion there after.
The dike builging fervor last but a shot time after a flood. Granted, finances is an issue. Now, let us see the Stimululous factor kick in. Let us see work forces created to provide jobs and to pro act to protect Fargo and other areas just waiting for the next flood to hurt them because they dont have funding.
The PHOTOS here are especially valuable to us Highlanders. What a great selection! We usually see only a snippet or two on even the best TV coverage. These give us an almost complete insight into what these people are experiencing.
Almost all people think of thier state as the 'Greatest', as well it should be.I wish that some of our more disgruntled liberals and 'special cause' people thought that way about our country.
One wonders, what is the source of all the sand? Is it mined or 'manmade? Is any of it recovered and stored? Is it muddied? Just a curious country boy.
God's people are praying for both the safety of the people and that all's mind set will be bent toward learning what God can show us from this and every such event that comes across our life time.


stimulous factor kick in

Posted by Richard D. Davis March 31, 09 10:49 AM

You all are an inspiration to the rest of the country if not the world. Americans through and through. This is what makes our country so great, no matter what petty differences we may have when it comes to helping each other in a time of crisis you are there for each other. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. If everyone in America did this there would be no recession.

Posted by Phil Mabrey AZ March 31, 09 10:51 AM

Fargo is having the fight of a lifetime. This brings back terrible memories. We live in Grand Forks, and lost our home, car, and stuff in the 97 flood. Reading negative comments about Fargo not taking action earlier is hurtful and uneducated. Grand Forks suffered billions of dollars in damage, entire neighborhoods were bulldozed as a result and the government helped us build a state of the art earthen/floodwall system that is truly remarkable. The pricetag? 417 million dollars. Fargo would be double that amount, and not having any declaration of desaster would mean they would pay for that all out of pocket. Fargo may very well get their turn this time. WE hope they will. My anxiety level is 1 out of 10 now - whereas it was 10 before - scrambling to get our goods all theway to our upper levels. No more of that! And hopefully this can be Fargos outcome ass well. But - as it was in Grand Forks - we lost a lot of homes and neighborhoods to make the flood system work out - hopefully those in affected areas in Fargo/Moorehead won't suffer too much in order for that progress to happen! My hats off to Fargo Moorehead! - Steve

Posted by Steve March 31, 09 10:53 AM

I've lived around Fargo for the last 38 years. People around here have a strong work ethic and if something needs to be done, we just do it. We don't wait for someone else to SAVE us. I am proud to live with such a tough community.

Posted by Jim March 31, 09 10:53 AM

The efforts of residents, local, state and Coast Guard are to be commended. I have watch on CNN for the past week or so, how folks have pulled together to save their communities. As a person from New Orleans this is very touching for me. My prayers are with the families, communities and non-residents volunteers. You all are handling it with such grace and jumping in getting dirty and getting the job done.
Someone please tell the gentleman standing in the subzero water or the child moves sand bags and the folks walking away from the helicopter with the snow dust blowing as many others they have a deep place in my heart.
Katrina is the blueprint of what will happen if we are not proactive and not prepared while officials waits weeks to act.
North Dakota is the blueprint to be proactive with officials on board. State Emergency Management, Guard, local officials, residents, volunteers from all over, everyone in the planning and execution process are to be commended.

Posted by Vicki March 31, 09 10:53 AM

I have a house in a flood plain off the Mississippi about 80 miles north of St. Louis. Everything that you floks have now will be sent to us ten-fold within the next few weeks. We can put men on the moon and build the tiniest of computers, but the best we can do for flooding is to put sand in a bag. Oh duh! Where are our priorities? What a strange world!

Posted by Paul Clay March 31, 09 11:03 AM

For any moron that finds fault with comparing the actions of the people in the North Dakota to the actions of the many involved in Katrina, this is for you...If you are so poltically correct that all sense of reality has been lost, then I am ashamed you can call yourselves Americans and embarrassed that you are unable to see the difference between people that selflessly help one another and those that wring their hands in despair and wait for the gov't to save their sorry souls. Thank God and thank the TRUE American spirit for those in ND that do what it takes to preserve and survive. Without their special breed, we would still be camped around Plymouth Rock waiting for someone to tell us what to do next. Once again, for the morons, Plymouth Rock is where it all began...maybe you could look it up or have someone read the story to you from a book while you are waiting to be saved.

Posted by Joe March 31, 09 11:07 AM

Seeing this kind of hard work, dedication and compasion from the people of North Dakota only makes we more grateful that I was born and raised there. I now live in Alaska and our annual snow fall, avalanaches and volcano worries is nothing compared to the situation that my fellow NoDak's and family are going thru. I tell many people who pass in and out of my daily life where I am from and the ethic I was raised with. I only wish more people in this world had the same ethic. My heart and prayers go out to you all.

Posted by Dora March 31, 09 11:08 AM

Post 435. What you fail to realize is that the National Guard is a State organization first. As a guardsman myself, I know the truth behind who calls them up. It is the state government who calls them up. The Federal government has no control over state guardsmen unless they are federalized.

I have family in Jamestown, where they are helping those that have been evacuated already. I think it is outstanding how the people in the community have pulled together to attack this true crisis without complaining, begging for help, blaming others, looting, or acting like children. Even the children have banded with the adults to help as best they can. This is the true AMERICAN SPIRIT.

Posted by Scott March 31, 09 11:13 AM

Huge Thanks to all of you who have helped during our region's flood fight! I am one of those who are so very proud to be from Grand Forks, ND!
For those on here who are commenting on why we live here/build on higher ground, well there isn't any higher ground to build on, and we live here because, as my mother says, it keeps out the rift raft; no not any one race or gender or political party, but rather the naysayers and those who focus on negativity.
For those who wonder where our Governor was, well John was in the middle of picture #19, freezing his backside most likely.
For those praying for us, Thank you. For those crying for us, have yourself a good cry, but know we will survive.
For those of us here, waiting out the latest winter storm, rest up and see you at Sandbag Central after this snow melts!

Posted by Suzanne Johnsen March 31, 09 11:14 AM

Rember Katrina where most of the interviews showed people demanding, "where's Bush, "

Remember Hurricane Katrina where people were demanding "where's Bush?" Where's the government?" We need help here!" Well Bless the people of North Dakota and Minnesota. Not ONCE have I seen or heard whining from the people in all the news and interviews I have heard on radio and television. Good for them! They're showing how to get a job done without the federal "guvment"!

'where's the government

Posted by Gary from Alaska March 31, 09 11:15 AM

respond to #442: My God doesnot make bad things happen, he gives us the strenght and will power to continue on, these pictures are proof of that -everything is possible with Gods help. May God bless everyone taking part in saving this area.

Posted by Sharon March 31, 09 11:20 AM

Hi Boston Globe, Thank you for your article and pictures of the floods and North Dakota. Our family wasinvolved in the Flood of "97 in the Red River Valley(Grand Forks, ND) after which we were relocated to Northwood, ND and Fargo, ND. We were then in the middle of the F3-4 Tornado that hit Northwood in Aug. '07.And now the Floods of 09 in Fargo,which will take a while to find out what the results will be. We are not originally from this area infact we are from the East Coast (Phila. & Balt.). We moved here as a result of Military Service and decided to stay fo exactly the reasons that you mentioned in your article. Thank you for recognizing our plight and for understanding our fortitude in dealing with a bomp in everyday life. We also thank everyone for your everyday support and Prayers. God bless you all also. Joe and Fran Adams, Northwood, ND Joe and Donnell Adams, Fargo, ND. .

Posted by Joe and Fran Adams March 31, 09 11:34 AM


Posted by Della Brown March 31, 09 11:37 AM

No matter where a disaster strikes, we all must have compassion for those affected. and pitch in to help those who need. I feel no less compassion for those in New Orleans than I do for those in the Fargo-Moorhead area or anywhere else that disaster strikes. My heart goes out to all of you. We are to be good neighbors. I am proud to be a North Dakotan and see the compassion that the neighbors of Fargo-Moorhead have for each other. This community has pulled together to work for a common cause - working hard to save their homes and city - for this you should all be commended!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 11:38 AM

Huge thanks to the national guard who drove their 5 axle trucks through rushing water to deliver 5000 sandbags to shore up our permanent ring dike. Huge thanks to about 15 great freinds who helped place them. Huge thanks to all the volunteers in town at sandbag central who filled those bags. And Huge thanks to those who coordinate all these efforts. These experiences can surely humble a man. Words cannot express the appretiation from me and my family for all the help provided by freinds, communiy and people I dont even know.
Terry Guttormson, Hendrum,MN.

Posted by Terry Guttormson March 31, 09 11:52 AM
Posted by Bill Letendre March 31, 09 11:53 AM

Having left ND back in 1987 to pursue the big career was a "Grand ambition." As I've grown older I realized all my successes can be contributed to my upbringing in ND. The entire community sticks together. The neighbors are just as concerned for you and your children as you are. Everyone strives to make you a success, and for those struggling, pride and good work ethics come first. Hard work, honesty, trust, confidence, kindness, generosity, faith and caring are but a few words that come to mind when thinking of the people of ND and MN. Traveling back with my family last summer I wondered what it was for I ever left! Another great effort ND!

Posted by Wynn Olson March 31, 09 11:54 AM


Posted by DARLENE March 31, 09 12:03 PM

I am from Fargo and I've always tried to explain to others why I live here. I think that now it will be easier to explain to people that have seen the hard work everyone here has done to try save our city. I am weary as are many from their efforts and hopefully they won't be in vain. We truly do have many amazing people here as you can see from the many photos and videos that have been posted on the web. I have also read some of the derogitory comments from locals about other cities and am embarrassed by those. Unfortunately, while we do have many great people here like all cities and nations, we also have our idiots. I think too often we in society judge the many by the actions of a few.

Posted by Scott March 31, 09 12:03 PM

I'm at a loss for words. I wasn't even aware of the problems that you marvelous people are facing & in the middle of it all there is a spirit sitting in the deepest part of your souls that gives you & each of us tremendous amounts of strength, power, tenacity & the ability to bond together to help our neighbors.

Look at the faces of the young in these pictures & you'll see that the future of this country is in good hands.

God Bless each of you as you face whatever lies in front of you & remember that
the USA is the greatest place in the world because of people like yourselves whom call it home.

Posted by Bill Kizer March 31, 09 12:10 PM

I agree with post 532... in North Dakota we dont all get along and we do still have some good old boys... but we still know how to form an assembly line and save the arguing until after the work is actually done... we dont stand around and argue about who is going to do what.... God Bless anyone who is apart of the solution and not apart of the problem.

Posted by dakota77 March 31, 09 12:11 PM

Growing up in North Dakota, I know first hand how hard working, honest, descent people we are. We're not the type to wait around for someone else to come and bail us out. We know how to do it ourselves, unlike the Katrina self-absorbed, pathetic non-victims. They made themselves victims, society didn't. We don't place blame where blame does not belong. I am very proud to be from North Dakota and always will be. People can comment about how "hickey" we are, but at least we have the common sense to not steal from our neighbors or rape each other in the dome we're staying in. People of Louisianna should take notice of North Dakota people. Grow up!

Posted by Sheila Hendrickson March 31, 09 12:16 PM

A FLOOD IS NOT A HURRICANE. To Larry H. and others - what can you do about a hurricane? Give a ride to millions? People did pitch in by driving buses around and boats and picking people up. For a flood, you have days to prepare and it's a lot slower than a hurricane, and a lot easier to contain (I know it's not easy but don't compare it to a Category 4 or 5 Hurricane!!!

I went to Fargo once. Wonderful people. Best of luck to all of you up there!

Posted by moi March 31, 09 12:17 PM

As a North Dakotan, I am so proud to see what my state can accomplish. We are a humble people that do not ask for help. When this flood happened, we just took it as it came and tried to fix it. The only people I have heard complain about what is going on are the people not from this area - it was out of control, so why bicker about it? We cancelled school because we wanted to help - I go to Jamestown College and am amazed at how many students have taken the initiative to go help others.

Post #37: Thank you. That needed to be said. I am so tired of people making jokes about North Dakota - Yes, we're a part of the United States (people still think we're a part of Canada), and Yes, we have moved on from covered wagons and gravel roads. Come on people! There is much pride from the residents of this state, and they are heroes in my eyes. God bless North Dakota!

Posted by Serena March 31, 09 12:18 PM

As a North Dakotan, I am so proud to see what my state can accomplish. We are a humble people that do not ask for help. When this flood happened, we just took it as it came and tried to fix it. The only people I have heard complain about what is going on are the people not from this area - it was out of our control, so why bicker about it? We cancelled school because we wanted to help - I go to Jamestown College and am amazed at how many students have taken the initiative to go help others.

Post #37: Thank you. That needed to be said. I am so tired of people making jokes about North Dakota - Yes, we're a part of the United States (people still think we're a part of Canada), and Yes, we have moved on from covered wagons and gravel roads. Come on people! There is much pride from the residents of this state, and they are heroes in my eyes. God bless North Dakota!

Posted by Serena March 31, 09 12:18 PM

To those who are calling the people in Hurricane Katrina lazy and selfish - where were you? Did you help? Cuz a lot of people did.

A hurricane happens a lot faster than a flood and one that size is much much much worse. Duh.

Posted by moi March 31, 09 12:21 PM

In response to #458, to compare the devastation of natural disasters just makes us all aware of your ignorance. Let's call the BS on #471. Obama isn't there because it isn't important to him. No Brad and Angelina? No celebrity-cause-of-the-month-club? No liberal media? No Obama! Besides, where would he put his teleprompters? Boy, that's not a shocker is it? I agree with the person in #494, this shouldn't be political, but it is. Where is Jesse Jackson screaming for more sand bags? I do not see people with signs of protest or waiting for someone to "save" them. They are buckling down and getting the work done that needs to be done in spite of fatigue and many people losing there homes.. I stand in awe of you NoDaks and I am sending my love, prayers, and money. May God be with you.

Posted by Linda March 31, 09 12:41 PM

Hang in there Red River people! I am from New Orleans and I survived an evacuation for Katrina, and I know what kind of pressure you're under. And don't listen to the mean-spirited little people who start asking you why you rebuild on an area that floods.

Since the Mississippi River Flood of 1927, the US Government, usually through the Corps of Engineers, has been responsible for flood control in the USA. Down here in NOLA, we also prepare locally in addition to depending on the levees, and during the evacuation, considered to be a great untold story of Katrina by the head of the National Hurricane Service, we got 1.2 MILLION people out, with 100 thousand left behind---many of whom you saw on TV in the days after the storm, when the Federal levees broke. (The storm itself was not a huge deal. Some wind damage, and our under-city pumping system can clear 2 inches of rain per hour.)

But the levees broke, and we have been blamed for it for 3 1/2 years, now. So don't listen to the nasty little critics when this is over.

Posted by Roger Corby March 31, 09 12:52 PM

Whenever somebody posts something highlighting the OBVIOUS differences between this disaster and how people are responding to it compared to Katrina and New Orleans and how they responded to it, they're branded a racist by some here. Why? For simply speaking The Truth??? Unbelievable! If you can't see the differences between these two events and can't see that there is a Right way and a Wrong way of doing things, then there's little to no hope for you and there's no use in trying to explain anything further. God Bless those heroic, self-reliant people along the banks of the Red River!

Posted by Ralphael Jackson March 31, 09 12:55 PM

I lived in Louisiana near New orleans in the 89s ./. My home was flood 3 times with water from the swamp up to 7 feet inside . These pictures are similar to what happen toned to me only without the cold & snow. I am praying for all of you

WM. R. Baugh, M.D. Tucson ,AZ.

Posted by Wm. R. Baughmd March 31, 09 12:59 PM

By the way, we lost almost 200 THOUSAND houses (homes) in Katrina. Yes, some people were uninsured, but most were and still had problems collecting---to the point of class action suits against major insurers. To the idiot that called us whiners because we couldn't get help for everyone, I suggest you get your butt down there to help them out--it's only a few hundred houses.

Posted by Roger Corby March 31, 09 01:03 PM

Dear MOI,
Yes, we did come to help and are still sending people from our little church congregations to New Orleans and the surrounding areas to help rebuild. It's not the speed of the disaster or the magnitude, it's the attitude of the people who drop everything and run to help.

Posted by Rachel March 31, 09 01:12 PM

wow!!!! what a great group of people in fargo and all those that volunteered to sand bag and helped in this great disaster.. i have never gone thru a disaster like this and hope i never have too...just to see the smiling faces and the children working so hard makes me feel humble ...i have family in n.d.(williston) they are a great group of helpful to one another...i believe n.d. are true prayers are with you at this time...god bless from canada

Posted by diane savoy March 31, 09 01:13 PM

Great photos - but you need a geography lesson! Although they are both in North Dakota, the Missouri River is *not* part of the Red River System. The Missouri flows into the Mississippi, while the Red flows north into Canada. Two completely different river systems, both flooding but under very different conditions.

Posted by Lora Bloom March 31, 09 01:13 PM

269 - You are amazing stop the God comments, really! God did not send the flood, the flood happened. Yes he allowed it too just as he allowed Adam and Eve to fall from grace. See he gives us a choice and freedom and the people in and around ND have chosen to respond with love and kindness which do come from God. So really God is in this he is in the people coming together and helping one another.

Posted by B Coble March 31, 09 01:16 PM

I am also from Bismarck ND, and respect and admire all those people working together to save their homes and land. makes me proud to be a NODAK!

Posted by Liz March 31, 09 01:20 PM

That river needs an ICE BREAKER SHIP like the ones in Alaska.

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 01:24 PM

I grew up in Grand Forks and lived through 3 terrible floods ('60's) My family had 6 kids and all of us helped fight the floods. When I was 12, I held sandbags until my finger tips bled and my toes blistered from the rough gum boots we wore. My father worked the dike around the clock until mother worried he would collaspe from exhuastion. .and she was working the Red Cross food cart for the volunteers with her 3& 5 year old children by her side handing out hot chocolate. Her words to me when I was tired and dirty were, 'DON'T QUIT, NEVER GIVE UP!' People there still live by her words.

Posted by Kerry March 31, 09 01:26 PM

Where the hell is Brad Pitt?

Posted by Greg Johnson March 31, 09 01:28 PM

Plain and simple! This is truly American spirit.

Posted by M Crociati March 31, 09 01:29 PM

God Bless all those who are helping out with the floods in North Dakota & Minnesota. I am proud of the youth who are taking the time to assist with floods, such compassion in these faces I see.
I hope that more people show up to help. Praying for everyone who is assisting up that way.

Posted by Belinda in South Dakota March 31, 09 01:32 PM

Amazing!! Too bad inspirational stories like this one isn't covered more by National TV. It gives one a ray of hope and knowledge that all our young people and our Great Country hasn't gone to "hell yet in a hand basket".

Posted by Georgia Enloe March 31, 09 01:32 PM

Having been born and raised in North Dakota you realize how special these people in this state are. It's times like this that show what a proud and giving people they are. What an incredible effort by all those involved.

Posted by Gary W. Gushwa March 31, 09 01:35 PM

I have alway's lived here in N.D and Minn. and am so very proud of these State's, what we are facing is so amazing to me and everyone else, we will win this River because everyone here and around us all come together when needed and don't ask for anything in return, just LOVE& COMPASSION. GOD BLESS EVERYONE

Posted by Dawn Kahl March 31, 09 01:35 PM

I, for one, AM very proud of the difference between us here in Fargo and the sniveling, whining malcontents in other diaster-stricken places. When something like this happens here and a Fargo or Moorhead resident holds his or her hand out, they are waiting for someone to put a hammer, saw, or sandbag in it, NOT money or help from the likes of Barack Obama. Also, please note, when we do get help here, from wherever, we don't whine about how it's not enough or it didn't come soon enough. I couldn't be prouder of all my friends and neighbors here in this region and I am SO glad we are NOt led by the likes of Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco!

Posted by Maurice Brandt March 31, 09 01:46 PM

Hey from Fargo. As our mayor stated when talking about being confronted by govt. cronies and being asked to run away and evacuate our city, WE ARE NOT THE SAME AS THE REST OF YOU ALL, we get those unable to protect or help themselves out of the path, and the rest of us knuckle down and do what MUST be done. When all is said and done, we most likely wont get any help because we were able to muster up the needed spirit and strength to defeat the river this time, and we will do what we can to try to mitigate this type of problem in the future. We wont cry for a handout. We will just do. Imagine what will happen if and when we decide to do something about the lazy, ignorant uninformed and crooked people in other parts of our great nation! I personaly applaud any one else who has dealt with disaster in any other part of the nation and stood up and helped themselves and others. Thats what being an American is TRULY all about.

Posted by Chuck March 31, 09 01:51 PM

I am concerned about our Canadian friends and neighbors- the waters are rapidly engulfing their homes and towns. I know they are made of the same tough stuff we North Dakotans are and they will work through this with willingness and cooperation. God Bless You all.
To all of you that inject politics into tragedies- that is nonsense. Nature delivers, we survive- TOGETHER.
Also why in the world would we want Obama to come here? Unless he wants to fill sandbags. Why did they need Bush in Louisiana? What's the point?

Posted by angeline March 31, 09 01:57 PM

I am in Fargo, and though I have spent the past 3 days sandbagging, I am now stranded in my home as a result of the current roadclosures. I finally have some time to sit down and read some of the articles, etc.
Thank you to everyone here who has posted kind comments for your support, and thank you for the prayers offered.
I want to say that I am so proud to live in a place, where when there is a disaster people pull together and help each other out. There is NO looting, and no violence whatsoever going on here. The only "crime" that has happened so far is some news crews from out of town arrested for standing on the levees.
Now, I want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has helped ND/MN through this. Thank you to all the volunteers, thank you to all the people who have come from many states away help us out. Thank you to the Red Cross, FEMA, National Guard, the local police, our city officials. You are all angels and we are very appreciative of your presence here during this time.
I also do not want anyone to forget about all the other folks in need outside of the F/M area. Bismardk is also having severe flooding, as well as many other small towns around us that are not getting any attention. Please keep these folks in your prayers as well. I feel guilty that for some reason all of the attention seems to be focused on us here in Fargo and all our friends around us seem forgotten. Just know that us here in Fargo have not forgotten about you all, even if the media has.

Posted by Battered but Still Fighting in Fargo March 31, 09 01:57 PM

I posted before #431 and feel I must post again. We are a very proud people here in ND. We do not know any other way to be but helpful, caring and dedicated to helping each other. We do not riot and attack, loot, or bitch and complain about where is our help. we get done what needs to be done. I have lived in Fargo for 38 years as my Dad was in the Navy and we moved here toward the end of his career. i remember living in some pretty bad areas of the country and couldn't believe when we moved here how helpful and friendly the people were. I knew then I would never leave and am now raising my own children here, we may not be like some of the big cities and up on all the trends of the rest of the world but then maybe we are better offf that way . We are a very proud people and I would never veer live anywhere but hrere.

Posted by Tim Larson March 31, 09 02:04 PM

There is not a place in the US that doesnt have some sort of "thing" that it does, hurricaine, twister, dust bowl, earthquake. We live where we live because we like it the other 99% of the time. Its what you do when something happens that shows the value of the people, there value to each other, their country. That ladder thing was genious !!!! If you are not helping, you are hurting. Keep your comments to yourself and be helpful, or go out and find something constructive to do.

Posted by Marcie March 31, 09 02:04 PM

I think what a lot of people don't understand, is that people in the upper midwest don't expect handouts. We're not looking for anyone to blame. We're simply doing what needs to be done and to help thy neighbor. People up here are hard working folk, and with little complaint.

We don't have the best weather up here in the upper Midwest, but the people make up for that. We will prevail against the Red R. and life will go on.

I can't believe how many people bring the president into it - we don't need his help just work on the economy.

Posted by Digger March 31, 09 02:08 PM

I battled the waters of the Red and Sheyenne many times. It is terrifying to see so much water and to realize how much will be lost if we loose the battle. That we never gave up is evident, then as now.
This quote by Cristopher Reeve says it all:
"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles".
Thank you all for saving our beloved cities,our homes and our lives.
God bless YOU and God bless AMERICA!

Posted by Michelle Burkett March 31, 09 02:11 PM

For all of you New Orleans backers out there, consider this-------Your wonderful Mayor (who you were stupid enough to re-elect!) stood before a mic and on National TV said, "Even if we had been able to get all those busses loaded with people to evacuate, where were we gonna take 'em?" Hey Ray, how about AWAY FROM THE COAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUH!
Also, your wonderful ex-governor LOVED to criticize George Bush for not sending enough troops in soon enough to do any good. Well, after it was all over, we found out that when GW first called to ask her if she wanted troops, SHE TURNED THEM DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Duh again. Don't tell me how smart those two are, O.K.?

Posted by Maurice Brandt March 31, 09 02:13 PM

I am schooling in Fargo/Moorhead and I helped out with this flood until my college had all the students evacuated. It was hard work, but we surrounded ourselves with beautiful people trying to help people we don't know - simple volunteerism that makes me smile. Praise the Lord for work ethic - only up north, do we really know what true, hard, labor work is.

Posted by Desiree March 31, 09 02:15 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out for the many tired and brave people working to save homes. May God continue to give you the strength you need.

Posted by David Beerbower March 31, 09 02:26 PM

I want to thank all the high school, colleges were first to respond to help sandbag. People are so quick to find falt with our young people but they are always the first ones to help regardless wht it is, helping with a flat tire, stalled vehicle or the floods in 97 and 09. The mayors of our 3 towns plus all the department heads holding their meeting every morning. As listening to them they are very well organized including whoever have come into our area to help. Us that can't help sandbag, etc., we remember all of them in our daily prayers and stay home so we don't get in the way of trucks, etc. delivering sandbags.

Posted by Marie in West Fargo, North Dakota March 31, 09 02:31 PM

we in North Dakota don't point fingers at any one, we put our energy in to getting the task at hand done. Info the President called our mayor several times, we are good hands with all our local state and federal people. Just keep us in your prayers we are fighters and will make it thought this

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 02:31 PM

I am a former resident of both Fargo and Moorhead. Having had 8 inches of water in my Moorhead home a few years back, I know what the residents of the Red River Valley are going through and my heart goes out to all. I pray that the dikes will hold so that the good people of the valley will have minimium damage to their property and can get back to a normal life. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Posted by Steve from Florida March 31, 09 02:35 PM

I hope someday to see each of our amazing States, and North Dakota has just moved up the list as one of the first I'd like to visit. They are showing me the spirit of America that I hold in my heart. I'm proud to be a fellow American.

Posted by Kate (Gma Llama) March 31, 09 02:41 PM

THREE CHEERS TO NORTH DAKOTA! I moved here from Arizona in 2000 and although the climate change (shock) has been a challenge....I have said many times and will say again that you could'nt get me to live anywhere else for all the money in the world!! This flood situation truly shows the genuine love for neighbors and each other that this state and the people here possess. They are raised and live a life of love and friendship and hard work! When you have your house flooded and unliveable and strangers show up to is hard to decide between tears of joy and confusion of unfamiliarity coming from a city like Phoenix. There is nothging wrong with Phoen x - there is just no place or no people like the wonderful people in the state of North Dakota. I am so proud to live here and will proudly stay and lend a hand to my neighbors any time when they need anything.

Posted by nd gal from az March 31, 09 02:49 PM

We may be accused of being racist here in good ole' North Dakota but a couple things that we don't have to worry about is looting and rape, drug dealers and that disgusting poison flowing during a disaster, flood or major fire. Our men watch out for us, our women work at their side and we show the true pioneering spirit, true grit, and the wholesome values we were raised around. I apologize for bragging but these people deserve prayers not negative combative words from the worlds "Few and desperate" haters. God blesses us always when we show his light through us for him, by cooperation-working together, helping one another, and working hard individually. "To whom much is given, much is required" and we know how to take that responsibility here. I am living in Devils Lake, and am so proud of my fellow North Dakotans, our Brothers and Sisters in the military, Coast Guard, and ALL Federal, County and City, and non-profit agencies who have been working so tirelessly in this effort. All of you good souls shall be rewarded. You all deserve the best recovery from this in all ways!

Posted by Nikki in North Dakota March 31, 09 02:50 PM

OMG! These photos are heart crushing! It makes me very proud to be from a neighboring state, South Dakota. I know it's not in these people's nature to stand around with their hands out waiting for our government to bail them out. Instead they roll up their sleeves and get to work, period. These people deserve assistance! Many positive thoughts are being sent to Fargo North Dakota.
lois - boulder, colorado

Posted by lois engebretson March 31, 09 02:58 PM

This is the kind of stock that made America great! We are becoming the "you owe me" .All of you should be VERY PROUD. Most of all you didn't have to ask the Federal government for help....they may have wanted to come in and do it their way which we all know turns into a disaster. God Bless!

Posted by Connie March 31, 09 03:07 PM

God Bless all of the people that are evacuated from their homes and God bless all of the people that are assisting as much as they can with what they have to work with. If I were able to help doing this work,I would do so. I was evacuated from my home with husband and 4 children in 1969 in Minot,ND. So many tears were shed from myself and family. I live in Lakeville,MN. You will remain in my prayers long after the flood is over as iy ewill take a long time to rexcover from this.....Prayers

Posted by Leona M. Knower March 31, 09 03:10 PM

My grandfather homesteaded in the Blue Grass Country around New Salem, ND, in the latter part of the 19th century. Thomas and Rosella Ekwortzell raised 12 children on their farm, my dad being second youngest, born in 1908. Many of the 12 lived into their 90s, the last two, Aunts Lydia and Selma living to be 98 and 97.
Although I grew up in Idaho and now live in New York, I am proud that I was born in New Salem, North Dakota, seventy years ago. I always enjoyed the stories my father told of his life there with the farm, the elements and with his neighbors. North Dakotans were a hardy lot back then, they are now and they always will be. The people of Fargo are just doing what comes naturally.

Posted by Dennis Ekwortzell March 31, 09 03:23 PM

I keep praying for the people of Fargo and the surrounding areas. They know that they should take care of themselves and not depend on Obama and the nation to do it for them. New Orleans, even with plenty of warning, did nothing since they felt, and still do, that the federal government was their giant insurance policy. I think that says loads about the differences in the people in New Orleans and those in Fargo. If another hurricane was due to strike the New Orleans area, I am sure Obama would have all the federal help there as quickly as possible to bail them out again. New Orleans will have another devastating hurricane, it is just that no one knows when. You cannot build a city below sea level on the coast and not expect disaster. I felt sorry for many of the people in New Orleans but feel their mayor and leaders are corrupt , greedy, and stupid. +

Posted by Leon March 31, 09 03:25 PM

I am from SD and had our lake home flooded in 1997. My prayers are with all of you in ND and SD that are facing spring flooding. I am proud that my son is there with the SD National Guard helping your folks out. There may be a border and separate governments but South and North Dakota are bonded together with values. We are God fearing people who have common sense, dignity, and honor, who believe that "God helps those who help themselves" but most time our neighbors and friends are there when we need them because we also believe " help onto others as you would have others help you." We don't wait around for the government. We "get er'done".

Posted by SJK-WSD March 31, 09 03:26 PM

Do unto others as you would have done unto you. That sums up what I see going on in ND right now. It is about people taking care of people. As a former NoDak and fellow American I wish I were there helping. To my family in the area keep on fighting and show us how it is done. Also keep praying as we are praying because that is another thing many NoDaks do....ask the Almighty for help. I am not with you in body but I am with you in spirit. God Bless North Dakota and God Bless America.

Posted by Steve Rinell March 31, 09 03:28 PM

take a good hard look. do you see anyone else but true god fearing,american loving No Daks fighting this mess. no sadly you do not. but when this is over you will see the scum crawl out of the woodwork begging for a handout. we call them wellfare cats.

Posted by tony March 31, 09 03:32 PM

Re: the shot of the Guv. It's a Jiffy!

Posted by Mud1 March 31, 09 03:37 PM

For those of you judging our president - let us remember he is not god - just a man like you and I. I am not defending or condemning him but I will say that he has called Dennis our Mayor several times and although we will need some FEMA funds for our infastructure etc., we understand how it works here in our country and very few citizens especially in little towns and rural areas will get any funding or help and many don't have flood insurance either - so we Nodaks lend a hand and help each other. If everyone in America would remember the Golden Rule we all learned in grade school - think of the changes this country would see. We willl get through this in ND - always have always will. We really don't mind the harsh winters and challenges as such - it justs builds our characters - and keeps the riff raff out.

Posted by nd gal from az March 31, 09 03:41 PM

Watching all this from afar, I can't help but be reminded of that old cheer from Fargo Central - "We're from Fargo, Couldn't be prouder, If you can't hear us now we'll yell a little louder!" I'm cheering for you guys, and that includes you folks over there in Spudville. I truly am proud of my family and old friends back home.

Posted by Dennis Engstrom March 31, 09 03:41 PM

I sometimes tell myself "why do I live where I do" I know why THE PEOPLE and how wonderful they are!! The people are the best in the Midwest!!! We keep ND in our prayers that this will all be over soon, we are there for you with sandbags, prayer and the clean up crew!

Posted by Kelly in Minnesota March 31, 09 03:46 PM

My heart goes out to every person in Fargo and Morehead. My co-workers are in Fargo and I didn't worry about them much, I did pray for them and their families, but after seeing the pictures I really am praying. God watch over all of you.

T - timeless E - effectiveness A - Area M - Members

Posted by WP March 31, 09 03:48 PM

I married a lady from N.D. and her first comment was, "I wish we could be up there helping those people". She said the same thing about N.O. when the hurricane and floods hit there. However most people are missing the most important point. we send all our blessings to N.D, and they deserve it , but we should be sending our E-mail, hand written letters, telegrams, pictures, etc., to Mr. Obama,in D.C.

Posted by R.W March 31, 09 03:51 PM

I find it amusing and annoying how some posting here bring politics and the environment into this whole disaster. Global warming (what there can be pointed to) neither helped nor hindered this event. Heavy winters and large floods have happened over the millennia, just because one has a very cold and snowy winter doesn’t mean that ‘warming’ is bupkis. Weather is hardly anywhere near that binary. This disaster has nothing to do with the federal government either, floods have been coming to the Red River when there was only a local native population of Arapaho, Cheyenne, Chippewa and Dakota in Grand Forks, Fargo or the many communities in between.

What does this disaster really show?

It shows that local strengths, courage, sticktuitiveness and good culture can overcome most anything. Yes, there has been help from state and federal, but there has been little of the ‘entitlement’ mentality toward these things such as was seen with Katrina.

It shows that even if the odds are not in their favor that they still can see through to a positive end.

It shows the depth that these small towns and states possess and how very shallow those that live in glass houses are.

It shows that you can still be a great (or even greater) city/state even if you don’t live in New York or California.

In my travels around this country, having lived in 6 states now, my heart still feels best in the North country. Where people know their neighbors, have real seasons and understand the value of a good positive culture.

Posted by Vaughn Hangartner March 31, 09 03:53 PM

Sh*t, Obama nor anyone else could even MAKE it into the Midwest. With all the floods and blizzards and whatever else mother nature throws that way - it's hard to even fly into those states.
If you go in plan to stay a loong time.

Posted by Janet March 31, 09 03:56 PM

Thanks for these photos! What a community :)

Posted by SM March 31, 09 03:56 PM

were is the obama in london if that was bush the new and that scum bag keith oberman would be going crazy. this is still our country god bless you people .were is that other rubber chris matthews

Posted by vincent March 31, 09 03:58 PM

Being a rancher (ND) I've had today a chance to look at some photos and comments about the flood. This is the first time I can recall the whole state being in a flood watch. Thank you goes to all who participated and continue to do so in many different ways to everyone needing help. I must apologise since not being of a global educated mind, my take on this is much simplier. It just seems at this moment we are witnessing mother natures battle of winter not wanting to leave and spring flexing her muscles. And mother natures proven time and again to be quite powerful and since we happen to live where this struggle takes place, we as a people simply must do whatever is necessary to survive.

Posted by deadhorse pics March 31, 09 03:59 PM

I was born and raised in North Dakota. I am crying right now and filled with pride.
I am so sorry you are experiencing this, but I know you will overcome the are tough North Dakotans after all!
Thanks for making me forever proud to be from the heartland!
I wish I could help. Stay strong!
P.S. For those of you that have always made fun of North Dakota, I always say, just don't say it with your "mouth full."
Paula, Palm Springs, CA

Posted by Paula Walters March 31, 09 04:04 PM

I have spent years at work for the disaster division of SBA and I worked the floods
all over North Dakota including Grand Forks. I have never meet people with stronger determination than they are. When it is all said and done, I sure hope our Government will help the ones that really do need help and will do it quickly. They are very capable I know I was one of them. To the people of North Dakota I pray
that God will spare you the worst of his wrath, and bless you for years to come.
From Vance--Cedar Rapids Iowa

Posted by Vance Dalton March 31, 09 04:07 PM

Having lived in the Fargo/Moorhead area for 21 years, and returning each year for Christmas, the area is still very much home to me; my family is here, and one dear friend. While it is heart wrenching to see these photos, it also shows me the goodness of our God, displayed in the acts of bravery and kindness by His people.
Thank you to AM 1100, the local radio station who gave me an opportunity to actively do something by making a donation to go toward feeding the sandbagging crews. It beats sitting here on my butt, wishing I could be there helping! My prayers continue........

Posted by Tammy Lee Merritt (Brandt) March 31, 09 04:07 PM

At almost 80 years of age, I have never been in any kind of disaster, and am filled with admiration for "just folks like me" to deal with such an impossible situation, and come to each others aid. With such people all over the US of A, no wonder our nation has done such amazing things throughout the history of our country.

Posted by Lucille C. Smith March 31, 09 04:24 PM


Posted by DENNY March 31, 09 04:25 PM

For those of you judging our president - let us remember he is not god - just a man like you and I. I am not defending or condemning him but I will say that he has called Dennis our Mayor several times and although we will need some FEMA funds for our infastructure etc., we understand how it works here in our country and very few citizens especially in little towns and rural areas will get any funding or help and many don't have flood insurance either - so we Nodaks lend a hand and help each other. If everyone in America would remember the Golden Rule we all learned in grade school - think of the changes this country would see. We willl get through this in ND - always have always will. We really don't mind the harsh winters and challenges as such - it justs builds our characters - and keeps the riff raff out.

Posted by nd gal from az March 31, 09 04:29 PM

613 you hit it right on the head. Those complaining are wasting time when they could be helping. Bottom line is...the midwest mentality is to help help and then help some more. I have traveled all over the past few years and the midwest values are still on top. Winters are tuff and mother Nature is still unpredictable. But the people are just as tough and just as willing to prevail working together for the good!!! Kudos!!

Posted by Cindy March 31, 09 04:35 PM

We are safe, warm and dry. We wish this for you too. We pray for your safety and better weather.

Posted by The fifth graders in Mrs. Walker's class in Killdeer ND March 31, 09 04:39 PM

I would love to see or here something about Oakport Township. On the North end of Moorhead. My daughter lived there , next to the river

Posted by Carol March 31, 09 04:48 PM

The only two fatalities from our flood were heart attacks from exertion. A close friend of mine also died of a heart attack after laboring for 2 days helping us pull buckets of mud out of our basement following a devastating flood in Edgeley, ND 4 years ago. The ND people are strong and smart enough to survive if they stay and no when it is best to preserve precious life by leaving if needed. To the families of the 2 recent deaths from this flood my prayers and thoughts are with you as you remember your loved ones as I do my friend, Clayton. Died helping a friend.

Posted by ND and proud of it March 31, 09 04:48 PM

These are wonderful images. I think everyone should be so happy that the community, not only from North Dakota but everywhere else pulled together.
For all the people that helped and continue to help, thank you immensely. For all the people that received help and live a very comfortable life with their large homes, red river view, elegant houses, remember that people that have little or nothing helped you. In return, you should help them, too.
To everyone without any type of home insurance, please do, it is costly, but it will help you in situations like this.

Posted by Solo Vino March 31, 09 04:49 PM

During these difficult times may God's angels wrap their arms around all of you and give you comfort. Stay strong!! Even though I now live in Indiana, the Dakota's will always be home to me and I am still proud to say,"my home area is Dakota"-whether it be ND where I was born or SD where we raised our family.

Posted by Posted by Bev Frericks March 31, 09 04:49 PM

We know Obama is just a man. But the Democrats, liberals and Hollywoods would never give Pres. Bush a break on Katrina. We don't really care if Obama isn't here. He would only detract from the work to be done and get in the way. Great job that the midwest is doing. Marlene

Posted by Marlene March 31, 09 04:56 PM

STOP THE POLITICAL TALK!!!!!!! My heart breaks to read all the negativity while so many people in MY town, county and state are suffering and fighting a good fight. WE have no time to blame anybody right now and are focused on supporting each other in this time of need. I have always been proud of where I was born, raised and currently choose to live. I have always known that we have resolve and determination, and now the rest of the world knows too. PLEASE, continue to send the POSITIVE support and prayers our way. We really do appreciate it!

Posted by Pam March 31, 09 05:11 PM

Born and raised in ND, NDSU grad, sioux fan. I have lived in several states and I always told people that ND is the greatest place to be FROM. Kudos to all the people that have helped their neighbors across ND. It has been and will be a tough spring with the flooding, and remember only the south half has been hit so far. Take a deep breath and get ready to go again. As far as the politics go, WE are above that, let's get back to work.

Posted by MarkfromHazen March 31, 09 05:23 PM

THE BEST KEPT SECRET.......North Dakota and it's people........While viewing those captivating pictures, no words were necessary.....It told the story that "The Best Kept Secret, Is No Secret Anymore.... As a North Dakota transplant here in the south,I would like to say this as HUMBLY as I can.While veiwing the photos only one song kept going over and over in my mind,"Your Simply The Best,Better than All The Rest".To all the workers on the Mississippii River in Bismarck, to the people watching the Dam in Jamestown,to the people,preparing in Valley City, to the people keeping on in Fargo/ Moorehead. Three Words. God Bless You!

Posted by Aggie Casavant Ft.Mill,S.C. March 31, 09 05:40 PM

Comment on # 538 "I have a house in a flood plain off the Mississippi about 80 miles north of St. Louis. Everything that you floks have now will be sent to us ten-fold within the next few weeks."

The Red River runs north to Canada so it will not be coming your way.

One thing ND has going for it is the small population. Because of this the people have connections to others all across the state through family, mutual friends, school activities, church, college, sports, or jobs. It amazes visitors from other states that I know or am connected to so many people across the state.
People rally together when you have such a sense of family and community. It is like you never have to tackle anything alone.

Posted by Dawn March 31, 09 05:41 PM

Pam and Mark and many others are exactly right. Progess is made when people do the job without worrying too much as to who gets the credit. The flood fight here in North Dakota is far from over, both for Fargo-Moorhead, and for many other places in the state and region. But we are blessed and we will persevere and win.

Posted by Francis, a proud North Dakotan, now and always March 31, 09 05:44 PM

Wow---all the "good people" of the Midwest really are showing how mean-spirited they can be when it comes to discussing what happened in New Orleans. Just a bunch of "welfare cats" sitting on the curb waiting for a ride out of town and a handout afterward.

So, that's your considered opinion? Were you down here? Where did you get your info from---Fox News? In fact, most of you weren't here, have never been here outside of Bourbon Street, and haven't the slightest idea of what went on. You should really be ashamed of yourselves, good "Christian" people.

Earlier, posts #561 and 564, I briefly explained what happened--we lost almost 200 Thousand homes due to the failure of the Federally maintained (at the Feds' insistence) levees, not due to the hurricane wind and rain.

And you people ignore those facts and simply want to use what happened to us as a launching point for mean-spirited, nasty, attacks on people you don't even know. Is that "Christian?" Is that American? Is that anything but bullshytt?

You people disgust me.

Posted by Roger Corby March 31, 09 05:44 PM

if bush was president at this time and went off to london the liberal news would have done some number on him. but obama gets a pass

Posted by stanley March 31, 09 05:47 PM

I share the admiration for the people of the Fargo region for their remarkable toughness, spirit, and self-reliance. Wonderful people! Let's hope American people reach out and offer whatever possible to help their quick recovery. However, attempts by some to compare the situation in Fargo with Katrina in New Orleans is an erroneous, unnecessary, and ultimately hurtful trail of wasted emotion. Yes, some view New Orleans/Katrina in unflattering terms, but one best step back and remember that lives were lost, heroes made a difference, and their struggle (our fellow Americans) continues. The news of tireless, generous efforts in Fargo are to be cherished, and not tarnished with disdain for others...

Posted by malcolm moos March 31, 09 05:53 PM

What a Great country, we live in. and what great people we have, ....You are showing the best of country,and and the best of people in it...
I only hope those in our government, in D.C take note ,and see how real patriots in our country work together,,, most of our people do help each other as your are doing. Keep up the good fight, God Bless You All, We as a nation,are all praying for you there.

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Posted by MaryAnn Smelker March 31, 09 06:10 PM

God Bless America, And the Great people that have shown why America is so Great. Were else but in America can you find people so willing to help others when the "Chips are Down" That's the real story here. These are the kind of people that made this country great and will keep it that way.

Posted by Bob Coates March 31, 09 06:31 PM

God Bless America, And the Great people that have shown why America is so Great. Were else but in America can you find people so willing to help others when the "Chips are Down" That's the real story here. These are the kind of people that made this country great and will keep it that way.

Posted by Bob Coates March 31, 09 06:32 PM

You are dividends ludzmi, I am with You I greet Thomas the Ru¿y³owicz of Furs Poland

Posted by Tomasz Ru¿y³owicz Poland March 31, 09 06:34 PM

I am praying. The blessing is the outpouring of love and help from all these people. Please don't give up!!!!
I am unable to be there and help physically, but I will help by praying for this to end, and everyones safety.
May each of you be blessed.

Posted by Melissa J. Bagshaw March 31, 09 06:38 PM

Amazing photos of heroism in action! Now you know why I am proud to have been born and raised in North Dakota!
Warren from Noonan

Posted by Warren Fagerland March 31, 09 06:43 PM

God Bless the folks in Nord Dakota & Minn. Reading the news I do not read anything about the looting, gangs going around with weapons, and half the PD running off, and bitching about not having FEMA save the day, because it is not happening, also it seems as though that area of the US do not have there hands out for welfare. I know my comments are not politicly correct but so be it

Posted by Carl March 31, 09 06:55 PM

I remember an interview with a family from North Dakota that was stranded in the same hotel as the New Orleans mayor when Katrina hit . These people and others were stranded and needed water and daily need items. While wandering the hotel they noticed a door open to a storage room with cases of water and some of the items they required, they were told that the supply was being stored for the mayor and other city officials who were enjoying a good meal on one of the upper floors while their city and its citizens were in the grips of Katrina. I am proud to be a North Dakotan because we are all neighbors no matterwhat!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 06:59 PM

Beautiful, Strong, Determined,Unstoppable,Kind,Hardworking,Resolute,North Dakotans. Showing the nation how it's done by sticking together thru thick and thin. We are proud of you all.

Your fellow North Dakotan

Posted by Lowell and Julie Aird March 31, 09 07:09 PM

To all of those who feel the need to try and compare the Red River Flood of 2009 to Hurricane Katrina need to stop and think. Both of these natural disasters are terrible. some think that North Dakota does not derserve help because citizens of New Orleans did not recieve help. Well Hurricane Katrina happened during the last prsidents time in office. Give this new President the chance to do things the right way and help out where needed like it is in Fargo right now and do not hold the actions of those in the past punish your fellow Americans.

Posted by Ty March 31, 09 07:17 PM

Yes, the people banning together is such a wonderful expereince. I have witnessed this myself for I live in Fargo, N.D. It truely is remarkable how many people headed the call and came to help. God bless each and everyone of them! Thank you!!!

Posted by Mickey Williams March 31, 09 07:23 PM

A friend and myself originally had a fishing trip in Canada last year. At the border they did a background check and found I had a couple DUI's years back. We drove back to Grand Forks and wondered what are going to do. I ask a worker at Cabela's about fishing guides in the area. I called and he said that he no longer guides, but He and his Wife were going fishing tomorrow on the Red R and we could join them. The river was high then(dodging trees floating down the river!),so the fishing was a little tricky. We still caught around 15 cats,with a big one that got away. Thanks again Kerry and Pam,you guys saved our trip! Hang in there people!

Posted by Paul March 31, 09 07:26 PM

We are not a country of "quitters"..God be with you all.

Posted by Paulette March 31, 09 07:36 PM

To Roger Corby, re:# 632,

Thank You!! Exactly.

From a North Dakotan, your statement defines the people here as they are, NOT as they think they are. It makes me sad.

My heart goes out to you and your community in New Orleans, and how painful this ugliness must be for you, on top of the devastation you saved YOURSELVES from, without the help of FEMA, the Corp of Engineers, and all of the myriad of government services that have been up here in ND giving direction and providing supplies and rescuing people for weeks. Just know that most people, other than in this very white state, did not buy into the horrid and hateful image that was created around your pain and IN SPITE of the heroism of so many thousands of men, women, and children in your city. I cried for weeks while I watched the images of the death and destruction, while the people there tirelessly worked to save each other, and even to save themselves. Rest assured, MOST people understand.

Posted by Linn March 31, 09 07:37 PM

I may actually be moving up that way from the deep south in the near future. i have spent years in wisconsin, and know well this attitude. when something needs to be done, im used to seeing people doing for themselves instead of waiting to be directed. its called perserverance and strength.
and to those of y'all comparing this to katrina, its not even remotely the same. katrina happened in a matter of hours, whereas people in ND have had time to prepare for this over days and daresay i almost weeks? its not like they woke up in the morning and all of a sudden the frickin gulf of mexico was knocking on their door! its tragic, but the red river has nowhere near the volume the gulf of mexico has!

Posted by gretchen March 31, 09 07:42 PM

The youth of America is alive and well.
Slackers, entitled, video gamers, these are some of the adjectives I’ve heard and read the last couple years describing the young people of our country. That is not was I saw in Fargo a couple days ago when I had an opportunity to help with the sandbagging effort,I estimate eighty percent of the volunteers that I was with were teens (some even younger) and twenty somethings.

Next time you see a young person doing something positive let them know about it. It will make them and you feel good!

Posted by Tim Wheeler March 31, 09 07:47 PM

Reading your concerned comments from around the country brought tears to my eyes. Those of you who are praying or have given donations for all affected by the flood are to be commended for your part in helping these brave and determined people. Please know that not only have these people been tirelessly fighting for their homes, neighborhoods, schools, etc., under some of the most cruel conditions, but they are also fighting sleep deprevation, mental stress and anxiety. Please continue to pray for these folks, as they need our prayers more than ever. Let us not forget all the businesses who have been asked to shut down, as they, too, are sacrificing with a loss of income, especially during this economic crisis. Psalm 27:14 reads: Put your hope in the Lord. Take courage and be strong..

Posted by Mary in Minnesota March 31, 09 07:50 PM

My cousins all live in this area...they are wonderful people who will fight the good fight and help their neighbors. I agree with many of the posts angered by the negitivity and pot shots at New Orleans. It was a huge mess there, and things most certainly could have been handled much better. Get your facts right...and stop with the right wing BS. That is not what is needed during a crisis. Those who just go about their business and don't have to make something political out of every issue are the people getting things done in the Fargo-Moorhead area and inn our country.

Posted by Anonymous March 31, 09 07:51 PM

Hey Roger 632,

Take it easy. We're not "all" bashing what happened in New Orleans. Just a few and they're racist and / or stressed out. (You do have to admit the politicians and Hollywood celebs handled New O much different than North D.)

At any rate, we are mostly good folks up here, just like those in New Orleans. Have a good day Roger. Thanks for helping to remind us to keep the comments positive.

Posted by Mark March 31, 09 07:57 PM

To the People of Fargo and N.D.
We have friends there and we have talked to them, we are praying for you all as you work so hard to keep the water out.
We pray God's mercy on you and he will stop the water's.
You have a lot of loving people who are really working for you.
God Bless,
Martha Price
Mississippi ( We have never seen any thing like this)

Posted by Martha Price March 31, 09 08:06 PM

I was born in California but my mom was raised in North Dakota & when she had me, my sister & brother she moved back here to raise us. I am so glad that I was raised here & I am going to raise my baby here that I'm having in April. I saw the flood that happened in the Fargo & Grand Forks area about 12 years ago & the people here in North Dalota still amaze me now, as they did then. I pray for all the families that have been affected by this storm & hope they are safe. I have seen some amazing thimgs that have taken place around here & am proud of the people who are taking in the forgein students that were going to school & had to be evacuated or they would have no place to go. So three cheers to all of you. I am so proud of our state. Keep up the amazing work my fellow North Dakotans.

Posted by Christina of Dickinson, North Dakota March 31, 09 08:16 PM

I am a Dakotan, people wonder why we endure the weather here, cold winters, hot summers, clean air, clean fresh newly enriched soil, natures abundance, and THE HEART OF THE PEOPLE. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. From the heart of the Black Hills, I am so proud of our neighbors to the north. Fargo "YES YOU CAN"

Posted by faye March 31, 09 08:25 PM

post 627, Thank You!! I am so discouraged that people are actually bickering and arguing with eachother in these messages. Get a life people! God Bless ND and MN!!

Posted by mz March 31, 09 08:28 PM

Being the son of two North Dakota natives of farming backgrounds; I have an idea
how hard you all are working and working together. We continue to pray for you. We just found out one of my cousins recently had to move out of their home because of flooding.
Please know you all are in our daily prayers.
God Bless

Posted by Tim & Sue K. March 31, 09 08:33 PM

wow, us helping us, must be a midwest thing, I didnt see one person carrying a tv, or a new pair of nikes.... looked like the only people in the shelter were busy filling sandbags.... hmmm, no beggers, no one demanding government housing or funding, or a limitless debit card. funny the people seem colorless too, i mean white, maybe they feel like they get what they work for... I am proud of everyone pictured your hard work only makes our northern states a better place, lets keep the rest of those worthless folks south of the mason dixon

Posted by Derrick Ruether MN March 31, 09 08:46 PM

My neice lives in fargo and I pray you people get the help you need and my God bless all the hard workers there..You brother in need Darrel in Kent washington and a transplant from Montana and North and South Dakota

Posted by Darrel Gladue March 31, 09 08:53 PM

I am so proud of the people of North Dakota! Yea! It is good to see the people working for themselves instead of hearing them cry ( unlike some states with very helpless people) that the government does nothing. How exciting for them. They can say "We the people are very capable and hard working" Katrina is a great example of people who won't do for themselves.

Posted by Denise Arruda March 31, 09 08:57 PM

When New Orleans flooded a bunch of whiners who seem incapable of helping themselves fled and then ranted that the overwhelming federal reaction was "too little." Yet when the Cedar River flooded, and now the Red River, the locals take care of themselves and each other while the president and the rest of Washington play business as usual. I don't know whose character is more contemptible, the jerks in Washington or the crybabies in Louisiana.

Posted by Old Poor Richard March 31, 09 09:01 PM

It's a shame New Orleans couldn't have banded together like this.
These folks ain't interested in rioting and are not blaming the federal government for what happened.

Posted by Jim Reaves March 31, 09 09:05 PM

How many of you are in the same plac that flooded 10 years ago?

Posted by Robert March 31, 09 09:07 PM

The Red River of the North continues to be a hungry river flowing north as it floods. This year, with our weather, the river rose one month early and has set a crest record. Thanks to the awesome people of this community, we have been able to hold back the waters thus far from ravaging the whole town. KFGO online radio plays a song about "these times" whereby we are reminded love is renewed in tough times, pulling together and having faith is the way the strong survive. We will never give isn't an option!

Posted by Julie March 31, 09 09:08 PM

The apparent difference between Fargo and New Orleans (and floods are easily comparable to Hurricanes as both give forewarning) is the culture of the people.

I lived in a community that was prepared to take pre-Hurricane evacuees from Katrina. We waited and waited with National Guardsmen and women, Medical resources, Accomodations resources (a Nat'l Guard Camp), meals, and repatriation plans. Not one New Orleans resident took us up on the offer.

I want to live in Fargo.

Posted by Fargo-wannabe March 31, 09 09:09 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We lived in Fargo thru grade school and college. Our friends are just amazed in the number of volunteers of all ages. Your the best

Posted by Carmen and Kay Lynn March 31, 09 09:11 PM

Very brave, very tough people.
I admire such stamina and determination.

Posted by gft March 31, 09 09:14 PM

Keep up the HARD WORK!! STAY WARM!! Try to stay dry!! We'll ride it out just like we did in '97. I read most of the comments and it makes me miss home!! I'm currently attending the U of Iowa. I truly believe North Dakotans are true Americans! Makes me proud to be from North Dakota!! Comment 579 says it all, We're not like everyone else, we don't whine, we don't ask for help, we rather suffer in silence then have some moron come fix our porblems but if you ask us for help we will be there in a heart beat and we will even give you our shirt right off our back if it will help!! And for people thinking that we need to have more news people up there covering everything, just look at the CNN crew the got arrested, we do not need anymore of them trying to break the levees, that is why the state shut down part of the interstate TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT!!! They don't need you making a bigger mess!!

Posted by Jess W. March 31, 09 09:17 PM

This is nothing. YOU should have been in Des Moines during the FLOODS OF '93! Now, THAT was something.

I do wish you all well. Thank God you still have drinking water. We did not.

Posted by Major Tom March 31, 09 09:17 PM

Dear Roger Corby (632), I apologize for the small minded bigotry you have witnessed here on this board. I am North Dakota born and raised. I am proud of our work ethic. I am ashamed of some of the posts you have seen here. Thank you for your wake up call because they don't want to hear it from their neighbors. We get called morons and unAmerican, etc, etc. if we try to say the things you have said. We get "invited" to leave. You, sir, are correct 100%. And you most likely are not alone in your opinion. Thank you for looking at the photos of us. I dare say, had we let the pictures speak a thousand words, we would have been better off. God Bless Us, Every ONE - victims and victors, all. I do hope some pastors address these issues in church on Sunday.

Posted by anonymous March 31, 09 09:20 PM

Great photos of great people doing an amazing job! Notice the smiles? Keep up the good work everyone - more flooding to come I'm afraid. Jamestown got 12 inches of snow on Tuesday and it's got to melt and run somewhere. To all you exNorth Dakotans - you're welcome home anytime - it's even better than you remembered!

Posted by jtraut March 31, 09 09:24 PM

Dear Dawn (630), The Red River is not the only river flooding. Perhaps you recall the problems on the Missouri which flows into the Mississippi? Some of the photos are from near Bismarck, up river from the poster of #538. These photos, in fact, irritated some other posters here because it was not on the Red River, although the photos were clearly labeled.

Posted by anonymous March 31, 09 09:29 PM

Once again these pictures truely prove what kind of people "North Dakotans" are! Truely amazing, you dont see people crying or violent like other parts of our messed up country! You see proud smiling people, helping others they most likely dont even know! You dont see demanding or angry people in these pictures, you see hero's! These are the kinds of acts that truely make me happy to have been born, raised, and currently resideing in NORTH DAKOTA! Good luck Fargo and surrounding cities, you truely are in everyones thoughts and prayers!

Posted by Alli Hager March 31, 09 09:29 PM

For all you people who think we need Obama way! Leave him in Washington. At 31 I was born, raised, educated, and continue to live in North Dakota. We fight our own fights here and are as resilient as we talk it up to be…this is all we know! It has nothing to do with being isolated or culturally unaware of the world as some have said. We are hard working when it needs to be done and when the work settles we all know how to throw a good party where we don't cater or need expensive things! This in NO WAY can be compared to Katrina, were flat...a hockey arena if you will. We live here because of the true meaning of family and friends, because of the hunting and fishing, the sports and the beautiful lakes AND for those comments made earlier we don't rely on Federal Flood insurance, we pay our own insurance premiums! For all you all of you complaining or judging us in North Dakota/Minnesota…don’t visit. For all of you complaining about North Dakota/Minnesota who live here….the highways open tomorrow. I love traveling the world, but I absolutley love living here and love knowing that my kids will play some of the best hockey and a have a great education here. Where god has blessed our beautiful land with plenty and where the people are in the fight to the end together!! Thank you to my parents for raising me here!

Posted by Brandi March 31, 09 09:31 PM

George W would have done a fly by,, but he is still lookng for WMD with Pork Chop Cheney,, keep up the hard work ND,, you are the best!!!

Posted by Marl Flannigan March 31, 09 09:35 PM

What an incredible group of REAL Americans! What backbone and perseverance. WOW! This is night and day compared to those sitting in lawn chairs surrounded by their own personal trash in New Orleans screaming that it should be done for them. No one then even thought to pick up a broom , but screaming into a camera at the President was acceptable. It just goes to show you what real Americans can do when they are of the same mind. This country could be out of its messes and unstoppable the day we finally realize our collective strength. God bless you all... you're amazing.

Posted by MizGayle March 31, 09 09:48 PM

Hey Boston, "you rock!" Great place to visit (Neptunes = yummy) and thanks to the Boston Globe for running such an excellent article. Pictures tells a story of combat with mother nature, winner take all. I'm sitting in Devils Lake North Dakota, and right now looking outside my window there is a fairly nice snowfall coming down; would be, except we don't need the moisture. A lot of North Dakota is saturated. The disaster inundation challenges will continue in other parts of the state, perhaps into June.

Knowing there is a protracted battle still to come, it was so heartening to hear the many who recognized the resilient effort being made along the Red River and other parts of North Dakota. I could hear that many had fought similar battles, so recognized the war. Here's what I would tell you. The final lesson from the North Dakota 2009 disaster will be recognition of the almost unbelievable collabration and coordination that is occuring at all levels. Disaster affected communities are engaged in the fight, but with the support of blackhawk helicoptors and predator UAVs. In a perfect disaster response everyone is on the board and in their appropirate place. That very much appears the case here. Federal, state, volunteer, and local response systems are on the ground and successfully pulling in the same direction. FEMA, the Corp, Natl Weather Service and the other feds are on overdrive (Go Coast Guard!). Congresssional delegations of two states are talking to the White House, and Governor Hoven has all necessary state agencies, air and regular guard deployed, not to mention the N.D. Department of Emergency Management linking the command center on down to the county and tribal level. Most know that in disasters there are inevitably breakdowns at some levels. So far, that does not seem to be happening in North Dakota and our partner, Western Minnesota. Meanwhile, people are fighting battles across North Dakota and still a lot of snow to melt in some parts of the state. Thanks again for all the well wishing!
P.S. I was just disappointed that the Philadelphia Inquirer didn't have an equally high quality coverage :( But I gotta tell ya Boston. Go 76ers!

Posted by Doug from D.L. March 31, 09 09:50 PM

thats nuts im proud of the determination of these people comin from across the state and other states and i live in aneta nd but im from tahiti but all i can say is that im glad that people care about our society and the environment. im sure that everyone is proud and thankful for what u r doing as do i and hope that the water leaves soon!

Posted by mana lemaire March 31, 09 09:53 PM

Every morning I open my eyes and look around to see that I am still breathing in and breathing out right here in Fargo, I say a prayer of thanksgiving. Despite floods, blizzards and chilly winters, there isn't a better place to be or better people to live around. I have lived in other places in this country -- mostly the South, but consider it a true daily blessing to be right here back home. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and prayers -- especially the prayers.
Please c ome and see us when we dry out a little -- or come and swing a sandbag or two.

Posted by Lin Smithwick, Fargo March 31, 09 10:01 PM

Great people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Rich March 31, 09 10:04 PM

I am originally from ND and I'm PROUD to see the strength and character that each person has especially in difficult times. ND people do not beg or expect something for FREE, they just take life as it comes and continuously work their tails to the bone every day. Just look at everyone working together as a TEAM and not giving up. My sister is there and I know for a fact she has been out sandbagging to help her city. My parents live in Oakes and thank GOD they are ok. I am proud to say I am from ND, it's like one big family. Your heroic efforts are not going unnoticed. God Bless and keep all of you safe. P.S. Keep Smiling:)

Posted by Lenay (Ruhn)Masiello March 31, 09 10:30 PM

I saw these photos and I knew from talking to my parents back in North Dakota, that these people were doing what North Dakotans do - they roll up their sleeves and take care of business. They look out for their neighbor and there is no such thing as waiting for government help or someone else to do something. We are a hardy people, made fun of over and over by the rest of the country, but we take care of our own and we will do whatever it takes to make things better for others.

God bless you, my fellow North Dakotans and Minnesotans (I now live in MN). My heart belongs to North Dakota and the howl of the prairie and the goodness and strength of those people runs through my blood. I am so proud of those who live there and in my heart, I knew that those good people would not stand crying and wailing for help from others. They grew up working hard and they'll do it until the day they die. Damned good people, they are. Always will be.

Posted by PrairieGirl March 31, 09 10:42 PM

To post #560 - While I absolutely DO NOT like President Obama, the reason he hasn't visited Fargo is because he was told by North Dakota not to come because his presence here would divert resources away from the people who need it the most - the citizens of Fargo. Get your facts first before you start shooting your mouth off.

Posted by Proud to be from ND March 31, 09 10:51 PM

This is the true grit of America. People helping each other, standing together, working together, helping each other to be strong. May the rest of the world take notice and may we all share in the lesson. God Bless! If I were closer, and not in NJ, I'd be out there with you!

Posted by Gilda Spiotta March 31, 09 10:55 PM

We are former North Dakotans. We have made more than 60 trips back to N. D. since 1951. Maybe when these wonderful N. Dak. people get the river tamed, they can go to Wash. D.C. and get things straightened out there too. Our prayers are with all of you.

Posted by Stephen and Mary Beck March 31, 09 11:07 PM

All I have to say is hard work and determination will always succeed, its something that Obama fails to recognize with this nanny state politics. I've lived in Fargo, and my wife is from North Dakota, and hard work comes easy and whining is not easy. As a great President once said, "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

Posted by Mark Ross March 31, 09 11:10 PM

Hey it's me again Ms. Aggie in S.C. Two things I'd like to say, I must of been away too long. I thought the Missouri River in Bismarck was also referred to as the Muddy Mississippi. can I have a confirmation,or correction on that? Also #632. I somewhat understand you anger...what I don't understand is how can you tell that the remarks about Katrina are coming from people from the Midwest, most of the comments don't even have the state where there coming from.If there are insults coming out of N.Dak. I apologize.Now isn't the time for comparisions,anger and mudslinging cuz each disaster is different,and each speaks for itself.God Bless...

Posted by Aggie Casavant Ft. Mill S.C March 31, 09 11:14 PM

A friend from Winnipeg e-mailed me photos of ND flood.
I am moved by the community spirit of the North Dakotans.
I lived in Ellendale for two years and appreciated the friendliness of the people.
Hard working and honest folk who love the land and have deep faith in God.
My prayers go up to God on your behalf. You do need Divine intervention.
Bless all your young people with their enviable work ethic.
You will go on. You always have. God bless you all.

Posted by jairo b. leandro March 31, 09 11:15 PM

God bless all of you, our prayers are with you. There are no people in this country
like you people in the enter of the country...You are all one big family, with hearts of gold, willing to lend a helping hand whenever and whereever needed. God bless and love you all!!

Posted by Leo O'Connell March 31, 09 11:27 PM

Wow.........what a blessing to see what I felt in my heart to still be true. That there are still many, many Americans who care for each other. My spouse is from Alaska and has told me many times that after the horrific earthquake in the 60's, the people there did exactly the same thing. Helped and supported one another. In an age where the news projects all the selfishness and hate, it is good to have it confirmed that there are still alot of good, decent, and caring folks out there. We have traveled quite a bit and can testify that this is true in many of the states. You people in North Dakota are truly inspiring (especially you Zack). We're praying for you all.

Posted by SoCal Calaskans March 31, 09 11:32 PM

#632 what makes you think the comments in reference to New Orleans and Katrina were made by people in the Midwest?? You can’t be that stupid! Read the posts, the ones referencing that hurricane are almost all from the south. We don’t talk about people that way up here. We know you were caught off guard. You are lashing out at people you don’t know and most of whom have not had time to look at this forum. Unfortunately the way Katrina played out on the news didn’t make the people appear very well and the result was a lot of jokes all over the world so I can understand the anger but most of those posts were not from people in the Midwest. The only reason “you people” would disgust you is if you read some truth in it someplace

Posted by Rod March 31, 09 11:35 PM

mi corazon se alegra de ver como se ayudan en estos momentos tan dificiles
ayudandonos como verdaderos hermanos,en las buenas y en las malas dios les bendiga..

Posted by amalia medina March 31, 09 11:49 PM

dios los bendiga...desde mexico son muy valientes

Posted by amalia medina April 1, 09 12:01 AM

To Linn, Mark, Anonymous, and others that have read my posts on this board:
Thank you for listening to me, and I'm sorry I got so steamed. I have been dealing with this for over three years and I admit I have become hypersensitive to uninformed commentary from those who would use Katrina as a platform to advance nasty, mean-spirited, and let's face it, racist commentary about the people in New Orleans. (Racist? How about code words like "lazy", " ignorant", "thief", and others. We all know what they refer to.)

I started out my first post, #561, with words of encouragement because I'm very gratified that Americans will come together to help each other through this, and I still believe that. It's just that every 4th or 5th post somebody accuses New Orleanians of "sitting on their roof waiting for a handout and not helping themselves." In fact, we all helped each other board up their windows, batten down the doors, filled sandbags, cleared storm drains, etc., in our neighborhoods. And many of us came back as soon as we could get in to rescue some of the estimated 100 thousand pets that were left alone because there were no facilities for them (and people expected to be back in 2 days--before the levees broke).

I sustained $25K damage to my home from wind and rain, my daughter lost her home completely, and I had two friends die in the flood because they were pretty old and didn't want to leave home. Most deaths occurred because of that, BTW, not because they were waiting to be picked up.

We lost 200 thousand homes--single family houses--in Katrina. The city was shut down with no power, no gasoline for generators, no hospitals, etc. But most of us had evacuated--we got 1.2 Million people out--out of 1.3 million in the total metro and surrounding area. It's really true. The new Director of the National Hurricane Center has stated that the NOLA evacuation is a great untold story of Katrina.

By comparison, Houston, which was hit lightly by Rita a week or so later, had their expressways gridlocked for over 24 hours because they didn't have a workable evacuation plan.

So we know what you are enduring in Fargo, Grand Forks, and elsewhere on the Red River. And we wish you the best. My advice to the city leaders is to get your information put together and communicated clearly after this is over, so you won't have nasty little people criticizing you for years afterward.

Posted by Roger C. April 1, 09 12:18 AM

People helping people that is what it is all about. At least there isn"t the looting and such here in a disaster like there was in New Orleans. I knew a person from our state that went there to help and was robbed while he was there to give his help. It is pretty sad to hurt the hand that is trying to help. Good work fellow North Dakotans. Also remember there are many other towns with big flooding problems out in the mid and western part of the state also.

Posted by Sharon April 1, 09 12:18 AM

When the going gets tough - the tough get going. My prayers are for all of you hard working folks in the Dakotas. I was born and raised in South Dakota. I know how strong you are and this to shall pass. love you all

Posted by Mona April 1, 09 12:20 AM

As a former MN and ND resident and NDSU student, I'm familiar with the positive attitude, consideration and helpful nature of the Fargo/Moorhead residents. While others in our great country sit on their hands and complain about the government not doing enough for them, our MN/ND residents simply USE their hands, their common sense and compassion in helping others without needing our incompetent government to screw things up. God's blessings to all you wonderful people.

Posted by Oly Olson April 1, 09 12:21 AM

The true American spirit; individuals working and banded together in common cause to help their neighbors in time of need and danger. Makes one proud to be an American. Volunteerism is the natural order; they do not wait for the bureaucrats to make up their minds on what and when to do it. A shining example for the media to demonstrate to all schools what real people can do and these are the ones who truly make this a great country. Elitists of higher learning take note; no whiners here. I would rather have 100 Dakotans run this country than all the intellectuals that trying to do this now. God Bless America, and all of you.

Posted by Frank Raila April 1, 09 12:26 AM

The pictures of Hickson/Oxbow just broke my heart. This is where one of my brothers & his son live I also have another brother & his family in South Fargo. I worry! Being from Fargo-it will always be home. The pride I have-being from ND-We spent 10 years in SanDiego-just to return to ND and face the flood of 1997. We might be here in Grand Forks-dry & safe-But my sons have been outsandbagging! If the roads would have been better last week, my sons would have been with their uncles side by side doing what we do best"team work" . "ONE FOR ALL & ALL FOR ONE" THAT'S WHAT NORTH DAKOTA/MINNESOTA PEOPLE ARE MADE OF

Posted by tamara/Grand Forks April 1, 09 12:29 AM

I have to agree about one thing. We have every right to be proud of what we accomplished, but comparing us to New Orleans, or any other disaster and how it turned out is not only comparing apples to oranges, but it's in VERY bad taste, especially when we got help from people in New Orleans, as well as a lot of the temporary dikes. We also got help from Grand Forks, Canada, and SO many other areas. Yes, we did an amazing and unbelievable job here to save our city so far, but let''s not ruin our friendly image by turning our pride into hautiness or God just may send us a sudden warm-up with a foot of rain.

Posted by Scott April 1, 09 12:29 AM

Very few things occur that can evoke the raw emotion, fortitude, strength and unity that the world has seen in the people of Minnesota, North Dakota and those that came to their aid. We should all wonder what we would do if ever put in a similar situation and pray that we never are. My prayers and best wishes go out to all of you. Those of us north of the border will have our turn soon enough.

Posted by Jeannette Scott April 1, 09 12:30 AM

OMG these poor people,,but they are pulling together and helping each other and deserve help from everyone...My prayers go with them

Posted by Biil April 1, 09 12:45 AM

I lived in Fargo back in 97 when it flooded. It was terrible then and I am sure it is worse now. May God Bless all the people who went to help these people of the North.

Posted by Donna April 1, 09 01:17 AM

I feel for all of you in this very diffucult time. I am asking our Lord to keep all of you safe in his arms and to make this pass quickly. I tell myself every day that with the strength of the Lord I can do all things. It helps! God Bless!

Posted by Kathy Piscitella April 1, 09 01:42 AM

This proves National Geographic's story and photos on N.D. last year was bull.

Posted by richard April 1, 09 01:46 AM

When I see the pictures of so many people affected by the terrible flooding and see how they are all working together, I am so proud to be an American. To use this natural disaster to criticize the people of New Orleans seems mean spirited and divisive and I am ashamed of those who are so hateful. We are all Americans and it is unfair to judge people who have experienced these disasters as lazy and waiting for a government handout. There will always be people who cannot help themselves but many people who are pointing fingers do not know what they would do if they were in their place. We do need FEMA to act swiftly. Certainly, lessons must have been learned since the New Orleans debacle. We must all stand together.

Posted by Dolores Doody, Peoria, AZ April 1, 09 02:00 AM

I admire thier amazing comments very much. They are cooperated in working together in sandbagging as dikes. They are working very hard. As you know I am myself from North Dakota where I was born and raised in Rugby, ND. Thanks for sharing the comments with me. My thoughts and paryers are with all of them in Fargo, ND. so the Lord is watching over them.

Posted by Karen M. Schultz of Sioux Falls, SD April 1, 09 02:01 AM

People up here of tough stock and we will survive. Perhaps the small population is the lesson that the rest of the country could learn. Together of a community is more important then being divided. The closeness of community and family through blood or community is the essence to surivival. I am a born and bred North Dakotan and I am proud to admit it. It is amazing how we have rallied together. We dont have time to sit and whine about our miseries. We see something needs to be accomplished and we do it.

God Bless All in the Red River Valley... After the blizzard I suspect more water is on the way and I truly hope we are up to the battle. Carry on Dakotans and Minnesotans, CArry On!!

Posted by S. J. Adams - FArgo, ND April 1, 09 02:23 AM

It truley shows what hard working, community loving people can do. We do not expect bailouts or handouts. I only wish there were more of them in Washington and Wall Street right now!

Posted by Gina Barbere April 1, 09 02:58 AM

Just received pictures of all the floods you residents of Dakota are going through ,from one of my American e-mail friends. Although I am in England, I want to wish you all the luck in the world, what a fantastic effort by all concerned. Well done!!!

Posted by Janis Heward April 1, 09 03:36 AM

Dear friends in Fargo,
We, in the central europian country Slovakia, in a city called Martin, at a place called the Bible school pray for you to keep your faith - you do what you can (it's "amazing grace" to see the people of different backgrounds to be united in the service for others), God can do even more (may He give you more than you ask for).....we PRAY and SUPPORT you the way we can...
Natalia (and the friends from the Bible school in Martin, Slovakia)

Posted by Natalia April 1, 09 04:27 AM

I was born and raised in the Bismarck/Mandan, ND area and I am now living overseas with my 4 kids and husband who is in the ARMY and I feel so helpless being so far away. I just want everyone to know that the people of ND are great people and I have never been prouder to say that I am from there then now! God bless you all!

Posted by Kristen Gil April 1, 09 04:27 AM

I feel very sorry for all the people of North Dakota.
Sadly, it seems there is no State in the USA that doesn't suffer from some form of natural disaster. Earthquakes in the West and South West, Hurricanes in the South and East, Ice Storms up North, Tornadoes in the Middle.

Where is it safe to live in the USA?

CBK 1/4/09

Posted by chas knight April 1, 09 04:54 AM

i want to help people but i m to long from there... i will pray go quick recovery? best of luck. Allah bless u...

Posted by Mustufa Khan April 1, 09 05:41 AM

I presently live in eastern North Dakota and have traveled to several places in the world. I believe there are people in every country on this earth that would respond when others are in need. The strength of any country is determined by the moral values of it's people and the strength of it's families. When disasters like this become a memory, the need is still there to help perserve our quality of life, to help other people. This requires of us that we don't fall back into your routines, but that we continue to be involved with people in our life. The following link will help with that:

Posted by Dwight April 1, 09 05:56 AM


Posted by DINK April 1, 09 06:00 AM

I will pray for all

Posted by B. Deck April 1, 09 06:57 AM

From every state in the Union and all over the world, there is no "safe" place on the planet to live and although each state and country have their own disasters to face, all of us rise to meet those disasters. ND's people are no different from those around the world. WE ALL RUN to help our relatives, friends and neighbors when trouble hits. All of us have been there at some point in our lives. It's part of bringing us all together. In a time of crisis all personal circumstances are forgotten. We find ourselves doing immeasurable things to help and are amazed at what we can do. ND people will make it through this. Prayers are with you.

Posted by Jan April 1, 09 07:43 AM

Our heartfelt feelings go out to you, seeing from these pictures exactly how tough both you and nature are. The most significant thing these photos do is allow all Americans to watch our some of our greratest knuckling down, helping each other, not blaming it on our president or FEMA. As real Americans, you don't waste time with that sort of thing; the love for your family, your home and your town is far greater that all the bitching and moaning and blaming that comes with this sort of disaster. I salute you and want you to know we are very proud of our fellow Americans up there gallantly attempting to hold mother snature at bay.

Posted by Henry Tisdale April 1, 09 08:06 AM

I haven't heard of any looting yet and I haven't seen anyone standing in the water with an arm load of merchandise asking the camera "where's my check at?"
What's up with that!

Posted by rob April 1, 09 08:24 AM

North Dakota people are the best in the world. My ex husband, a 75 year old neurologist, is filling sandbags with a child on one side of him and a business owner on the other. Everyone pitches in and no one complains. These hardy,
self sufficient people are setting a standard for America, if not the world. Proud to be from North Dakota. Born in Devils Lake but lived in Fargo for two years long ago.

Posted by Peggy W. Larson April 1, 09 08:28 AM

We are originally from Minnesota. The military brought us to South Carolina. Our prayers are with all of you that are victims and also the volunteers. God will see you all through this.

Posted by Mary Johnson April 1, 09 08:29 AM

632 thank you Roger Corby! I couldn't agree more! I'm seeing a lot of smugness (and how would people in the real flood have access or time to post to a computer anyway?) The "God Bless - oh aren't we so much better than everybody else oh "those people" in New Orleans they just don't know what it means to be a true neighbor and superior person like we are, etc. And I asked those WHO WERE BEING SMUG where they were when Katrina hit, and I got a nasty response from Rachel or somebody saying, "Well nyaah my church did help so there." Lovely.

Posted by Moi April 1, 09 08:37 AM

I live in Fargo. I have sandbagged, I have made lunches, I have watched, I have worried, I have waited. That said, please stop making this into a political battle. Although we were blessed with excellent leadership in our Mayor and City Council, we would have done the same thing no matter who was in charge. It has nothing to do with Bush or Obama. We had a job to do - we did it, plain and simple. Again, I can't say enough about Mayor Walaker & his staff & the amazing job they have done in leading. I can tell you no one has stopped in the sandbag line and asked..."hey, are we being led by Republicans or Democrats?" and then walked off the sandbag line if he didn't like the answer, frankly, it wasn't thought of. We've been too busy holding back a wall of water. So please, I ask you again, stop making it into politics. We thank you for your thoughts and prayers, they are appreciatied and needed. We do not wish to be compared to New Orleans, it isn't the same.

Posted by Melanie Foley April 1, 09 08:43 AM

You think that New Orleans was worse. No way Mississippi was the most worst from hurricane katrina. Most houses were gone in Mississippi coast. New Orleans just flood in everything that all.... We, mississippi worked so hard to clean up for months. Some of them are not in completed yet. Long way to go....
My friend came and visited with me and said that Mississippi are the worst than New Orleans......Look like bomb here destroy everything on the coast also slabs on the ground. Houses gone.

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 08:48 AM

You're in our thoughts and prayers friends over in Fargo!

Posted by Jeffrey L Tucker April 1, 09 08:59 AM

This time last year we were in your same position in north Arkansas as our lakes and rivers flooded destroying many homes. You have our sympathy and support. We are all praying for you and wishing you the best!

Posted by Sharon Bower April 1, 09 09:03 AM

These are the people that make America Great... Thanks to all the people that helped those in need. They are showing what the true spirit of America is all about. It's not politics, it's not about taking, but about giving.. you can't put a price tag on that. Prayer to all of you.

Posted by Sandra Dornick April 1, 09 09:09 AM

Hey Roger 632, It isn't the people from the "midwest" that are seeing the difference and discussing what happened in Nagin's Chocolate City during Katrina. (Or didn't happen as the case may be) It's anyone with a pair of eyes, like me way That's not meansprited. It's just calling a spade a spade. Is it the weather that makes the difference in people? On Second City TV they used to call it "The Great White North". What snow! What cold! What irony. I was just wondering if any Katrina "victims" made it up to Fargo. Nope? But I think Houston got blessed by a few.
Yes, Yes Dink 717. Let's leave The Chosen One out of it. He can just vote present.

Posted by notahemi April 1, 09 09:10 AM

No. 659...
My son (18) and I helped with sandbagging in Bismarck March 25 & 26. Not everyone was "white". I saw some Native Americans, both male and female, working hard and getting sweaty and dirty making sandbags. What made me rather mad is that a photographer was taking pictures, and who did he choose to take pictures of? Cute young teenage white gals in a sandbag line. Nothing wrong with that, however some of the "general public" tend to forget to acknowledge the good that Native Americans do. I just wanted to share that. Up here we're all in this together, not matter what "race" we are. We are all God's children and we all need to help one another.

Posted by DMM April 1, 09 09:11 AM

Wow. So negative all around. Guess what? There were people in New Orleans who were and are working just as hard for themselves back when they needed to. Guess what? There are people in ND right now screaming and crying that something should be done for them. People are people all over.

Posted by Bryan in Phila April 1, 09 09:20 AM

Hey Roger 632, It isn't the people from the "midwest" that are seeing the difference and discussing what happened in Nagin's Chocolate City during Katrina. (Or didn't happen as the case may be) It's anyone with a pair of eyes, like me way That's not meansprited. It's just calling a spade a spade. Is it the weather that makes the difference in people? On Second City TV they used to call it "The Great White North". What snow! What cold! What irony. I was just wondering if any Katrina "victims" made it up to Fargo. Nope? But I think Houston got blessed by a few.
Yes, Yes Dink 717. Let's leave The Chosen One out of it. He can just vote present.

Posted by notahemi April 1, 09 09:21 AM

Nice photos!
I wish there had been fewer. The flood is devastating, but I was in a hurry.

Posted by Alex Bachnick April 1, 09 09:29 AM

This is America in full force!! God bless you all. You are in my prayers

Posted by Tina Stout April 1, 09 09:40 AM

I am from North Dakota, and I do have to say that I am disgusted at the comments criticizing New Orleans. PLEASE do not assume that all those comments are coming from us. Here in North Dakota, we do not talk about our fellow Americans that way, and that's a fact.
I am a paramedic, and when Katrina hit I went down to volunteer my medical skills. I met some great people there. I do have to say, it was very scary for me at times to be around the crime and violence that is not present in ND, but I met people there who are just as hard working and honest as those up here in ND. The people of N.O. suffered a great tragedy and it is not Christian-like at all to be calling them names after what happened to them instead of lifting them up with support.
I have to say, from the volunteering that Fargo did during Katrina, to helping our friends north of us in Grand Forks, we are certainly having the favor returned to us now. During the days I spent sandbagging, I have been asking people next to me where they were from, and there were people from ALL OVER who came to us to help. We did NOT do this by ourselves and do not deserve all the credit. So THANK YOU ALL to my fellow Americans and Canadian brothers up north.

Posted by Melissa April 1, 09 09:48 AM

What a great effort by all of God's people.

Posted by AJS April 1, 09 10:19 AM

Mis oraciones estan con ustedes. Dios los bendiga!

Posted by Alejandra Vigueria April 1, 09 10:37 AM

I live in North Dakota by choice.....since 1980......born in Pennsylvania, raised in Kentucky, lived in Upper Michigan....Clear, Alaska.....Merced, California and Grand Forks, North Dakota....."pride in our people of the Northern tier", keeps me here. In 1997 we lost our basement, as did my daughter and her family. She just lost her's we fix it and keep on going. Our prayers go out to those who's losses are far greater. Grand Forks is fortunate to have received funding and support in the construction of our new flood control system. Fargo needs it too.

Posted by Tim Griffis April 1, 09 10:41 AM

To Robert #664: You ask "Why"? Well let me see, why did all those people move back to New Orleans or anywhere along the Gulf Coast? Is that not hurricane central? Why do people insist on living on fault lines just waiting for earthquakes? Sarcasm only puts you in a bad light. We in North Dakota have not cried or whined for help, WE HELP EACH OTHER. THAT'S CALLED BEING A COMMUNITY.

Posted by Peggy April 1, 09 10:55 AM

I have lived in North Dakota all my life. Currently, in Jamestown, ND we are preparing our own battle - not near as desperate as Fargo's though. I am very proud of how Fargo has come together to help each other out. Currently, the river is receeding; but, they are not out of the woods yet. My prayers and thoughts are with the people who continue to fight the water, fatique, and other issues they need to fight. Take Care - God Bless!
Also, let's not compare Fargo with Hurricane Katrina - these are two seperate disasters and two seperate areas of the country- it is not fair on both sides. Just be proud and help where YOU cacan - not judge others.

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 11:01 AM

As one who spent 18 years in ND, lost a home (and a city) in Grand Forks in the flood of 1997, and now living in New Orleans to help the good people here rebuild, I think many of you have been grossly unfair in your comparisons. You can't compare New Orleans to what is happening in Fargo/Moorhead. If you really want to critique the people of New Orleans, critique them with people who have suffered greatly. The dynamics in both floods are similar, but the scope of the recovery and this countries ability to respond (no matter who the President is) is the tragedy. How many homes did GF lose in 1997? How many in NO in 2005? You're talking thousands versus hundreds of thousands. The point we ought to really lift up is the quality of the human spirit that prevails in times of tragedy everywhere. I saw it in GF. I see it in NO today, and I see it right now in Fargo/Moorhead. Rather than complain about what the government (and let's remember we can't just blame the feds) did or did not do, let's give thanks and follow the example of the people who overcome the shortcomings we all have to face as a society. Thanks be to God for the compassion and servanthood of everyone from New Orleans to Fargo/Moorhead and Grand Forks. Keep the faith . . .

Posted by Leon Philpot April 1, 09 11:05 AM

to Bryan from Philadephia....We are right here in the middle of it and -NO- we are not screaming and crying ! That would be a waste of energy. One of the first things you see here in North Dakota is people getting things done with their hands,not so much with their mouths. I have been to your home city,and although it is a beautiful place to visit,(I envy your historic places,) I will always live here. Give us a few months to get this cleaned up and come spend some time here..then you can make an advised judgement.

Posted by 701andhappy April 1, 09 11:06 AM

Best wishes to our neighbors in Fargo, we'll be back soon. And to those who are using this moment to rant against "the government"--get over yourselves. We are the government. Look at those pictures again. Government helicopters. National Guard--where they should be, helping neighbors at home. City mayor and commissioners, city planners and engineers putting a war plan into coordinated action against the water, working virtually around the clock for days on end, the Governor and the resources of the state of North Dakota. Same on the Minnesota side of the river. This battle against water could never have been accomplished without "the government." And shame on those ignorant minds who say otherwise.

Posted by Prairie Sunshine April 1, 09 11:09 AM

I loved the sign in the Fargodome, We combat natural disasters with acts of God. Growing up, there was always the friendly rivalry between ND and MN but in tough times, they come together to help one another. You are some of the most honest, hardworking people I've ever known and you will come out on top. Proud to be a ND girl married to a MN boy serving the USA around the world.

Posted by AF spouse April 1, 09 11:10 AM

I grew up in Fargo and have always been proud of the people who live there. My families heritage is the Yunker Farm so you can see how long my family has been a part of the area. I am proud of the people who live there too. There isn't a single person who would not help if able because we have always believed in the golden rule. If you can't help lift or make sand bags, you can always make and serve food.
I have spent the last 15 years in the southwest and I have not seen the love and kindness that was always a part of the daily life I lived as a child where I grew up.
I will continue to pray for all of you to have continued strength and for the Lord to have Mercy so nothing more will happen to destroy property, just bind your love for one another!!

Posted by JRand April 1, 09 11:11 AM

PLEASE, let's not forget just how much the Government IS currently saving North Dakota. Where did these sandbags come from? Did we strong, independent North Dakotans spend the snowy winter sewing them? I was reading of their delivery, by FEMA, to cities around this state more than a month or two ago. Who bought and paid for the sand? Who has provided, directed, and paid for ALL of the official crews of young men and women, engineers, demolitions experts (in Bismarck), etc. Who is funding the shelters, and directing their set-up and supplying? Who is paying 75% of the tab for this flood.

The turnout of the citizens of Fargo is heroic. I have experienced equal community heroism here in the SW part of the state, and in cities on the West Coast. It should be celebrated and wept over. I am proud. BUT... let's just be truthful and give honest credit where it is due, which will remove the politics from this discussion. We here have needed the government to survive in this state since the 30's, we here cheerfully expect the government to help and provide for us (flood control, farm subsidies, water pipeline programs, disaster relief, etc), just like all tax-paying citizens of this great nation, and we here are as angry and appalled as anyone else when we feel that they have let us down, and are VERY vocal about that when we feel it has happened.

Why create such a politicized myth about North Dakotans, when the truth is showing itself on the national media right now, and in these photos? We are normal, and, like others everywhere, we are also capable of great acts of fortitude, when we have the help we need. Isn't that enough? I know it is enough to make me proud, as I am proud of people everywhere when they are allowed the chance to step up and face the challenges and "save themselves".

We should be THANKFUL, not self-righteous, smug, ethnocentric, and hateful. That would make us a culture to take an honest pride in. Let's start by thanking THE US GOVERNMENT for giving us this chance to "save ourselves". Let's just be honest.

Posted by Linn April 1, 09 11:25 AM

Marion, Va.

Posted by Bill Callan April 1, 09 11:31 AM

As a young boy. I grew up in Hillsboro, ND just 40 miles north of Fargo. I still feel the most welcome when I return to visit family and friends. What is going on in Fargo to help each other is always what I knew to happen when trouble stikes a community. Including from our neighbors in Minnesota and beyond. I wish I could be there to help, but my health prevents that. So my family and I pray for your safety and that you will be spared anymore hardship. I know God is watching over you.. The Lords Peace

Posted by John April 1, 09 11:36 AM

To the Volunteers, Friends,Family, and the Residents of Fargo / Moorhead and surrounding communities. I would like to Thank all of you for all the wonderful team work you are all doing to protect your community. My Brother and his family live in Wahpeton ND. I know the effect it is having on them. May God Bless all of you and give you hope and strength to fight the river. YOU WILL Win.

All of you are in my prayers

Posted by Cindy McLendon - Great Falls MT April 1, 09 11:47 AM

My prayers are with all of these wonderful people. I was born and raised in North Dakota and after looking at these pictures it just makes me all the prouder to say that! God Bless You All!

Posted by Dianne April 1, 09 11:52 AM

#30 Zach - Way to go! You are setting a great example for the youth of America!
I'm sure your hard work is very appreciated.

God Bless!

Posted by J. April 1, 09 11:56 AM

Poor people coming out, freezing in the cold... to save the county club homes.

Posted by Ed Maller April 1, 09 12:01 PM

I lived in Minnesota in1997 when the floods hit. I was so proud to work beside wonderful people all helping to keep the water at bay. I now live in Des Moines where it has flooded also, but my home will always be Minnesota. My family and friends are scattered throughout North Dakota and Minnesota so we send our prayers your way and God Bless. And Major Tom, the floods up north may not be as bad as what you thought of 1993 in Des Moines, but I remember what Grand Forks, Fargo, Moorhead looked like in 1997 and now it's happening again. It wasn't pretty then, and it isn't pretty now.

Posted by Carole April 1, 09 12:01 PM

God Bless the American people of North Dakota

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 12:04 PM

Post #732 - So . . . there are people in ND right now screaming and crying that something should be done for them. I would challenge you to point them out because as yet, I have not seen evidence of any of that - either in the posts or here in person. North Dakotans just don't do that. Plainly and simply put, it isn't our style.

Posted by Proud to be from ND April 1, 09 12:05 PM

Maybe now all those residents in the biggest houses will lose that nimby attitude and actually do something about flood control.

Posted by mark April 1, 09 12:08 PM

It is so sad what the flood waters are doing to their community but it also makes me so proud to know that we come from a place where people come together in the time of need. The look of determination on their faces to save a city where some people don't even know who they are helping but give it their all to make a difference for their fellow Americans (ND & MN). Our own community is in the middle of a flood situation also so keep us in your prayers as well. Our prayers are with you God Bless you all.

Posted by Yvette Falcon, Turtle Mountain Times April 1, 09 12:12 PM

733 and others - FEMA is there helping out ND at great deal, being much more of a help than they were in NO. The outcry after Katrina caused FEMA to get their act together.

Go back to your cave now.

Posted by moi April 1, 09 12:13 PM

The attitude and resolve is clear in these photos, just "keep movin' forward". As a Native North Dakotan, I am saddened to see the massive destruction caused by this flood, but proud to be a part of a special group of people who know how to get things done and take care of their neighbors.

Posted by Leanne April 1, 09 12:13 PM

What is really sad is that these horrific times in all of these peoples lives even need to be compared. It is aweful no matter who it happen to, no matter how big the area, no matter how many people were involved. At this time in our "great" nation we all need now more than ever to stand as one not as an individual. If we do not change these times in our own hearts there will be no hope for the hearts of our young ones.

Posted by Laurie April 1, 09 12:14 PM

To Post #732 - So . . . There are people in ND right now screaming and crying that something should be done for them. Really? I would challenge you to point them out because i have not seen it present in the posts, nor have I seen them here in North Dakota. The invitation to you by 701andhappy (in #743) is echoed by me. Please come visit and enjoy the hospitality of our beautiful state. You'll realize the error in your perception.

Posted by Proud to be from ND April 1, 09 12:20 PM

We did what we had to do in order to save our city, our homes & our lives. We did not ask for the comparison to Katrina...the rest of the country did that for us. We do not expect any more or any less than anyone else in this country when disaster strikes. There will always be coulda, shoulda, wouldas, nay-sayers & politians. Until you are in a particular situation, you do not know how you would/will react. The People of the Red River Valley, both North Dakota & Minnesota, make me be proud to be from this area. And many Thanks to all you have helped...whether you are from here or from there, without you, we couldn't have done it.

Posted by Robbie D. April 1, 09 12:21 PM

I'm loving to hear and read what people are saying about the grit and
determination of N Dak and Mn. Being born and raised in Bismarck , I
still have many family members to be concerned but when I leave the
situation in God' s hands, I see He has many capable, loving, hard-working
people step up to the demand. He tests each of us and knows each ;heart
and it's sincerity. May He continue to favor you with rich soil, blue skies,
golden wheat fields, spans of oil wells, beautiful trees, many fruit-bearing,
a haven for birds of the air and bees making honey , clean towns and parks
for outdoor activities, beautiful women and girls with many talents, strong,
courageous, hard-working men and boys and all the other things I remember
about my home-state, North Dakota. (Hey, I apologize over some of those
North Dakota jokes!) Love to you all 75 and Proud

Posted by 75 and Proud April 1, 09 12:23 PM

Post #725, thank you! The more of these posts that I read the more snips and snipes I see. It has turned into a "our disaster was worse than your disaster" contest. People everywhere in the world do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, not just in North Dakota. A little humility goes a long way. Good luck Fargo and all of the other areas of ND that are dealing with too much water! My heart goes out to you.

Posted by Cindy April 1, 09 12:26 PM

I left ND in 84 after High School thinking it was boring here. After 6 years, I couldn't take any more of what I saw in CA and other parts of the US and moved back to ND and have been in Bismarck ever since. The people here are great and the photos prove it. You will not see any looting or rioting here like you saw elsewhere in the country years ago. It is a completely different character of people here and how we handle what life dishes out to us. This winter season has given us a great yet devastating opportunity for us to inspire others around the country.

Posted by Lance April 1, 09 12:35 PM

this is gods way of punishing n dakota for voting for Obama..

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 12:37 PM

Thank God for community! Brave, honorable people, we are all with you in spirit.

Posted by Joyce Hedlund April 1, 09 12:39 PM

First, congratulations to those that live in this area who are willing to showcase the American spirit, pulling together, showing community, and using their brains, as well as their hearts to do what needs to be done. Second, it is very unfortunate that this event is happening to so many great people in our country. However, honestly as someone who grew up in the midwest, and now lives in California, it is safe to say that any event of this scale out in California would be more devastating. I say that because the people of Minnesota, and North Dakota, and the surrounding areas who are helping, display that they are willing to get done what has to be done. Were as, Californians need someone to hold their hands and would be more worried about what they are going to get when its all said, and done.

North Dakota, and all others affected by this including my family living in this region, your in my prays and keep up the good work.

Posted by Doran Hins April 1, 09 12:40 PM

Each and every person,
Deserves a place to call their home.
A community in which to live,
a family all their own.
Tragedy is tragedy,
Whether earthquake, fire, or flood.
Comparing the who's and where's,
Does no one any good.
Have faith in the heart of people,
Those unafraid to take a stand.
The men and women of all age and color,
Who are willing to lend a hand.
Encourage those around you,
To rise and win this war.
And bless those who are now survivors
Who have defeated these tragedies before.

Posted by Farrah, North Dakota April 1, 09 12:43 PM

Oh my gosh!! What amazing people you ND and MN folks are!! God may have given you a mighty hurdle but He also gave you great strength and endurance and the knowlege that He gives you only what He knows you can handle. I have been blessed to have never encountered a disaster like you have but if I ever do, I pray I handle it as well as all of you in Grand Forks, Fargo, Moorhead and anywhere else that this flood has reared its ugly head. Hurricane prone areas, take a lesson. These people banded together and they will make it. They aren't sitting on their rear ends and complaining that it is all the President's fault and the army corp of engineers They pulled together and they will make it without that. God Bless you all, and I know He will.

Posted by Patt i April 1, 09 12:44 PM

Ex-North Dakotan now South Dakotan. I couldn't be more proud of you!!!! This is why I live in the Dakotas, the people make every day sunny and warm no matter what the circumstance! God Bless you!

Posted by Rick April 1, 09 12:58 PM

Awesome human kindness!!!
Thank you all for your love of mankind and the will to express it in such a valuable way!
God is watching and you all will be blessed for your many acts of kindness!
Your in our prayers.

Posted by Pam April 1, 09 12:59 PM

Shame on comments from #767 stating "this is gods way of punishing N. Dakota for voting for Obama where is your commpassion? These people are loosing their homes and life for some will never be the same. These people are all HEROS and may GOD bless each and everyone of them and we should be praying for them also. I commend these hard working, unselfish, kind, considerate, and compashionate people. These people are true AMERICANS, which I to am proud to be. I will pray for each and ever one of you. GOD BLESS!

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 01:03 PM

#572 I have been reading through these posts and was thinking the same thing, where is Brad Pitt???

Posted by Andrea April 1, 09 01:05 PM

The spirit of North Dakota is on display at Fargo. It is the caring hearts of INDIVIDUALS that have united in a struggle to save a city from disaster.
They didn't stand around waiting for FEMA, but pitched in and did what needed to be done.
FEMA came and were astounded by what was already done.
The mayor and his staff are to be commended for leading a successful battle against the Red Rive of the North. The vigilance must remain until all the water is gone.

Posted by Ernie B. April 1, 09 01:15 PM

I absolutely had no idea what to expect - when reading about the flooding in the newspaper. I absolutely can't imagine what this must be like. Must be so very cold - and wet. My heart goes out to all of you people - God Bless! The hurricanes are always very bad here in Florida - but to see these pictures - makes me think I sure don't have it so hard.

Posted by Jean Matthies April 1, 09 01:32 PM

@Ed Maller (#753)

Yes It is true. Poor people fighting the weather to help for the most part the people that live in near the river, the rich homes.

That's why, in my post I mentioned that before all these people with rich large fancy homes forget who helped them out, they should think about it next time and help those in need.

There is a lotof humanityin every North Dakotan, but don't forget, help yourselves, and help your community, no matter rich or poor.

Posted by Solo Vino April 1, 09 01:48 PM

#776: FEMA has BEEN here for months, actively setting up the infrastructure for our courageous actions. And the spirit of North Dakota is more accurately represented by the comments here, and the fact North Dakotans can't even see how self-justified and ignorant these comments are.
What was shown on the sandbagging lines was THE SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, as a whole, when faced with a crisis. It is represented EVERYWHERE. Being as closed and frightened and self-justified as so many North Dakotans are, it is something they CANNOT see in others. That is why they think that their heroic response to this near-crisis was unique, special, and a defining quality of "being North Dakotan". The sad fact is, that it is this mind-set which has poisoned the fact of the beauty and heroism seen here.
Whenever any group defines themselves against the rest of the world, they are no longer able to see themselves honestly, and they are only able to see the negative in others to believe in the positive in themselves.

People around the world were inspired and moved to tears when they saw this news, and they saw the sacrifice and fight by people to save what is theirs. Simply that. Why isn't that enough?

Posted by North Dakota Resident April 1, 09 01:51 PM

I live around here and we have great people who went out and came through for all us who could not do that kind of work. And they did it from the heart, not asking for money. Go North Dakota and Minn

Posted by Brenda April 1, 09 02:13 PM

North Dakotas BEST resource --- THE PEOPLE ---- I've lived in Texas for 29 years
but still damn proud to have been born and brought up in N.Dak. keep the strength , the rivers will go down ,but not the heart of a NORTH DAKOTAN !

Posted by DOUG WEISZ April 1, 09 02:14 PM

There sure is a difference between the people of Fargo and the people of New Orleans

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 02:17 PM

Keep up the good work North Dakotans! Maybe we can teach the other states in the Union a thing or two.

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 02:19 PM

After reading some of these comments. I have to give Kudos to most of the people from ND commenting here. Not so much for pulling together to help each other out (which is great) but for their abiliity to refrain from jumping on the bandwagon from other not-so-great Americans who see this as an opportunity to bash Obama, New Orleans, liberals, conservatives, etc.

I've seen some of the most sensible, level headed, objective, RELEVANT comments from you folks, which has totally warped my (admittedly biased) point of view of midwesterners. You have not only my well wishes, but my respect as well.

Posted by Adrienne Cobb April 1, 09 02:26 PM

Great photos...

Just had a thought.
Where is President Obama.. the Messiah.
Where is all the outrage by the liberal media and the libs in DC... Sort of looks like New Orleans/Katrina.

Big difference I guess. These folks are depending on each other where New Orleans depended on the Gov. Gov. will let you down every time if you put all your faith it. When will this country wake up to the truth.

Posted by Dan Conroy April 1, 09 03:08 PM

I was on a dozer buiding dikes in Fargo when my own home in Lisbon flooded. I wouldn't have changed the situation one bit as I witness things that were far greater in value than a washer, dryer, things like that that were destroyed of mine. I feel a pride for all of us in ND, Minn, and other areas up here, that is priceless. I worked beside our soldiers, students young and older, elderly folks, all walks of life not even noticing what their color was or caring, and never once heard a complaint. The smiles, friendliness, waves, courtesy, was overwhelming. I saw bags under eyes from lack of sleep you could put your lunch in, yet they continued on. We lost a few battles, I think we won the war!!

Posted by mike hoaby April 1, 09 03:17 PM

767: I assume that was a joke, because ND voted for McCain...

Posted by John April 1, 09 03:17 PM

#767 - I'm sorry to disappoint you, but Senator McCain won in North Dakota in the 2008 election.

That being said, to #779 - North Dakotans are not closed-minded or self-justified. We know that North Dakotans aren't the only ones capable of feeling pride in our fellow citizens when it comes to a time of need. However, when a people can rise above adversity such as the possible flood, why do you object to anyone being proud of that accomplishment. My prayers go out to you and yours. I hope you are safe and dry.

Posted by Proud to be from ND April 1, 09 03:18 PM

This is the kind of people more states in this USA need. We need to be there for each other not expecting anything in return. It may be us next

Posted by Naoma April 1, 09 03:36 PM

     I was born and raised in North Dakota, now live in Arkansas.   When I read what others are saying I have to say "get a life", every place in the usa has problems- it's just that people from North Dakota have always been survivers- they do what needs to be done and don't complain about it.  I still have most of my family in Dickinson, N.D., some of them in the Fargo area, they have been helping fill sandbags for over a week, and not complaining about it..      I wish people from other  areas would learn a thing or two from what is happening in the North- do what needs to be done and get on with your life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        stop                                                                                                            

Posted by Linda Baugh, Arkansas April 1, 09 03:56 PM

May Peace, Love & Happiness fill all of your lives ASAP

Posted by Jeremiah April 1, 09 04:01 PM

This is the area where I grew up and I couldn't more proud of my relatives and former neighbors. Bill Braxten's piece in the Boston Globe got it right. Compare this to the crying and complaining in New Orleans after Katrina.

Posted by Fred Koppelman April 1, 09 04:09 PM

Best wishes to the courageous souls in the flood area.
Regarding the blah-blah comparing and contrasting the victims of the flood and of Katrina: there are always those warped people who take glee in others misery. The best (the absolute very best) that could happen to people of that ilk is to have the opportunity to experience the same misery that natural disaster victims suffer. It would probably be the only way that these would develop the insight and empathy that makes us human. But if they walk among us and comment like that, they are probably beyond help.
As for the god's punishment upon N D's residents blab - how arrogant to purport to know the mind of God. To my knowledge, only one man was vastly acquainted
the mind of god and I don't think he would be commenting in such a fashion.

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 04:19 PM

All of us up here in the great white north should be proud. We are truly artists when it comes to sandbagging! It is sad how people seem to compare this flood with Hurricane Katrina, that is a comparison made in very poor taste. The only comparison that should be made is this flood and the flood of 1997. Thanks to all who have supported us in this fight we do appreciate it!

Posted by Anonymous Citizen of Fargo April 1, 09 04:26 PM

my aunt sent me these pics and she is from jacksonville nc. i drive a truck over the road. it is totally awesome how those people all pulled together and help each other out. this world needs more of that all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
looking at the water and the ice made me cold.............

Posted by heide gough April 1, 09 04:34 PM

Resident of Fargo,ND
As I sit and gaze outside my window with bewilderment and anguish at the Red River overflowing it's banks.
I pray I will not have to leave my home as my 80 year old Father did on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 when his backyard was flooding only feet from his house.
We have urged him for years to move to another dwelling for his memory is failing, but replys," But this is my home." Later this week he may be able to return but he has definitely been traumatized by this unfortunate event.
I want to thank my family, friends, neighbors and volunteers for helping fighting this
unforgetable flood.
Please keep us in your prayers.

Posted by Jennifer April 1, 09 04:35 PM

I lived in Fargo (Wild Rice area) to the age of 20. I go back ever so often to visit family and friends. Fargo is a wonderful place you just don't forget, what is happening is very sad. The family here is praying for all of you.

Posted by Fernand Sauvageau April 1, 09 04:37 PM

I have always lived in North Dakota and seen many misfortunes come through our way. We have overcome them all so far, and with all the help of our community we WILL be back the way it was before. Each and every one of us can say we have been through some sorts of disaster. We all need to look to the future and not completely dwell on the past. As long as we have minimal casualties, losses of homes and heartbreaks is the main thing to achive.

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 04:58 PM

I'd like to join other former North Dakotans who now live around the country in applauding the Fargo / Moorhead community for their valiant fight against the flood. We've been watching closely and now the nation gets to see what you're made of...well done!!!

Posted by Kevin from CO April 1, 09 05:09 PM

great picture,, lot of mermorys,, but sad ones

Posted by ardis brandt April 1, 09 05:23 PM

Proud to be among such a wonderful community. May this be a lesson to the whole world that if you just do a little more than your part and work together you can overcome.

Posted by Horace, N D April 1, 09 05:28 PM

Our prayers are with you. We lift you up to the great I AM for His mercy and protection. Please read Psalm 91 if you haven't already read it.

Posted by Lynda Bailey April 1, 09 05:39 PM

I feel so bad for the people who's house is flooded.Nubers24,18,14,12,9,8,5,6,and1 amazed sorry ur house got flooded to the peoples house that is flooded

Posted by paige April 1, 09 05:40 PM

#753 didn't sound very nice. There were many, many homes to save--plus the entire infrastructure of the two towns. Don't forget this is a two city community and Moorhead was in as much trouble as Fargo. We all survived and are truly thankful for good leadership and VOLUNTEERS. AND the volunteers were thanking me for food which made me cry as they were saving my home and the ones around me--I was the one thanking.

Posted by Jill April 1, 09 05:41 PM

I am so proud of all North Dakotans and Minnesotans, for the way they've conducted themselves with honor and pride during this crisis. Please know that the rest of the nation is behind you and praying for you. I can't wait to retire from the Air Force, and make my final home in North Dakota. Hang in there!!!!!

Posted by Ralph Hawkins, OKC April 1, 09 05:47 PM

My god...reading these posts from here in Fargo, it's amazing how many people have an opinion about the flood (and our response to it) that tries to make things political. We just plain help each other out...and if it needs to get done, people will help.

But I'm sure there were examples of this in New Orleans, too...maybe they just didn't get caught on tape? There are also ample places to flee here, which wasn't the case during Katrina. We're an area with some high-tech growth, and more opportunities for those who're willing to live here...another difference. It's just not a fair comparison, and thinking people would know that.

People who grouse about politics on these boards need to get a life, and fast.

Posted by Ken April 1, 09 06:12 PM

Wow, these pictures are amazing, but to see all those people come together and fight this disaster is awesome. I lived thru Hurricane Ike and felt like that was hell, we cannot predict mother nature, we can only bring ourselves together and do what needs to be done. My heart goes out to all these people and my prayers are with you all.

Posted by Marilyn April 1, 09 06:19 PM


Posted by MARGARET April 1, 09 06:32 PM

Why does the presidential choice have anything to do with this NATURAL disaster. There are critics everywhere....its sad that people always have to find someone to blame. Everyone has pitched in and helped from all ages. We are all humans working together for our city, our neighbors, our county, our state and our country. It's just humanity coming together as ONE for one goal-to save all of us the best we could!! And I'm PROUD I could be a part of it. Political views and religous views have NOTHING to do with the success of people helping each other out-NOTHING.

Posted by Cassandra, Fargo ND April 1, 09 06:34 PM

Pride is an interesting quality of people. It's a good thing unless we allow ourselves to become "puffed up" with it to the extreme. Those of us in the FM area can indeed be grateful for hard working people but even that as a resource at times like these, is a gift from God. I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade (sorry about the water idiom) but it can be annoying to hear over and over how wonderful we are, and so on. The comparisons to NO are so unfair. I hear others around here say things like, "it's so great that we live in a small town where people care". Does that mean that those who live in larger towns and cities do not? I'm just putting out a caution against black and white thinking. We are indeed blessed with our
army of college and H.S. students-and great leadership.

army of college and H.S. students, as well as great leadership at this time.

A tragedy is a tragedy and a disaster is a disaster.

Posted by anonymous in Moorhead April 1, 09 06:38 PM


Posted by DARRIN MALONEY April 1, 09 06:38 PM

My heart felt prayers are with all of you there. It shows what can be done when a community comes together. I grew up in N.O. and lived through hurricane Betsy. Our communities pulled together and did it only with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army waiting to help. As far as Katrina.......when you know there's a hurricane coming ........LEAVE! There was plenty of warning and time to get out. Some chose not to and that's THEIR decision, not the governments'. Maybe we could all come together and sandbag congress!

Posted by Pam April 1, 09 06:53 PM

im guessing #43, that you dont live here.
you dont know at all what s really happening!!!
i do, because i live here. in Fargo, we are doing as much work as we can!
we DID wake up! we were never sleeping!

Posted by sami April 1, 09 06:56 PM

Have you ever hammered your finger? hurt your foot? your elbow? When a limb is hurt our whole body feels hurt, we get headaches when our toe is hurt...
Where ever in the world, a community is in difficulties, or is struck by a disaster, the whole of mankind hurts one way or another.
Either we arise to assist or we refrain. That is what we have to live with.
Before our Creator: "The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens"
This body of mankind needs to be whole, caring, and loving toward all.

Posted by M F April 1, 09 06:59 PM

We can not thank-you all enough for the hard work, long hours and miserable weather conditions you endured saving not only our home, but our town. Our physical limitations did not allow us to pitch in with the heavy work, but I have sent a special prayer out for each and everyone of you. God Bless you all !

Posted by Dick & Charlie Anderson April 1, 09 07:03 PM

Anyone who has been watching the news can not help being impressed by the efforts of all those involved in this great struggle. What truly outstanding examples of Americans at their finest.

Posted by Brooks Dunlap April 1, 09 07:10 PM

United we stood, we did'nt us fall. Gods strengh and guidance to the people proves We have love and respect for all who needed the help.

Buffalo, nd

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 07:22 PM

You all have been in our prayers. We have floods but not the frozen kind. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of His hand. You all make us Texans very very proud to call you our friends and Great Patriots. God Be With You Pat Stratton

Posted by patricia stratton April 1, 09 07:28 PM

As I looked at those pictures and read the comments, I am so thankful that I am member of this great USA country.
My prayers have continusly been going out for you, and your familites, for several days now. I plead the Blood of Jesus over you and yours, and that the waters will go down slowly, and that there will be a slow melting of the ice and snow, and that you will not have greater disasters. I pray this to my Father in the name of Jesus.

Posted by Esther, BA OK, April 1, 09 07:33 PM

Bring some of that water to Anderson SC / Hartwell GA to fill our 40 foot low lake

Posted by Rhonda - SC April 1, 09 07:36 PM

I'm originally a North Dakotan. These photos make me so proud of the spirit of these people, and help me better appreciate my background

Posted by R. Devin April 1, 09 07:49 PM

I have lived in the Midwest my entire life and attended North Dakota State University (in Fargo) for four years(not in English). As a grown man it brings tears to my eyes to call this place home. Such selfless acts of courage and community is something I have never seen. I have never been more proud. Nothing brings a group of people togeather like a disaster, but something larger is at hand here. The work ethic of these people will never be matched. They are tougher, more self sufficent, and more loving than anywhere in the world. Period. The people of Fargo do not need a prayer. The flood waters need the prayer.
When I tell people I lived in Fargo, they laugh. I just laugh back...

Posted by Eric Ruhland April 1, 09 08:05 PM

God Bless each & every one of u as u strive to keep the mighty Red back. I was born/raised in the Midwest so have a great love & appreciation 4 U hardy people! I now live in NW FL where we too have suffered loss from natures ravages. Ours was from Hurricane's Ivan & Dennis which you don't hear about often but were quite devastating to our area. Many, many people lost their homes & those that didn't had some kind of damage. I would say at least 75% of the people needed new roofs. Many of the trees that didn't get blow away are partially gone or are dead & dying. Keep on keeping on!! It's your continued positive spirits, hard work & persevering that will carry u thru!

Posted by Peggy Lee in NW FL April 1, 09 08:07 PM

this is 767, and yes i am sorry for that comment, i had just moved to g/f 2 weeks before the 97 flood, so i know the misey. Guess i was just venting on the whole system, wrong place to do it ,, sorry

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 08:10 PM

Makes me proud to say that I'm born & bred a Minnesota boy, and though Newport Beach is warm & sunny, my heart & soul lies with this spirit and resilience that you see in these pics. If everyone in the nation could come together in this time of crisis like those of us from the "great white north" we would be back on top in no time at all... Says alot about the Midwestern work ethic and just helping out your neighbors in a time of need... 'Nuff said.

Posted by Anthony Petersen April 1, 09 08:16 PM

Que Dios y la Virgen los cuide a todos y los proteja. Muchas oraciones para todos. desde Puerto Rico.

Posted by Baby & Edith April 1, 09 08:38 PM

Too bad you folks in N.D. don't have a Super Dome you could move into, where you could trash the place up, and rape and rob the others with you, thereby proving how "Equal" we all are.

Posted by Mike McCoy April 1, 09 08:41 PM


Posted by MARY IN MASS. April 1, 09 09:00 PM

I salute all you wonderful people in the flooded areas of North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada, sandbagging not to save just your homes and businesses, but to save your community, YOU are the spirit of America. I can recall sandbagging as a teenager here in Wichita, KS, but not in the snow and in the freezing cold. you may lose some possession's, but you'll never lose your self respect and community pride, and you will never lose the respect of the AMERICAN people.

Posted by ED of Wichita, KS April 1, 09 09:00 PM

I feel that is so sad that people do not understand community, People help each other out in times of need. Some people just don't understand what that is about. We have people from Mpls, MN to out west in Montana and Wyoming going to Fargo and other areas going in to help sand bag. THAT is community! It is a community where people don't have to worry about who may be robbing them, they watch over each other. Yes the National Guard is there to patrol the streets, but only to make people safe from the elements of the storm, and the butt heads who my want something that doesn't belong to them. They have been here before and cam thru just fine

Posted by Roxie April 1, 09 09:02 PM

Please stop comparing the red river flood to katrina or i will start comparing the greensburg tornado to the tsunami.

To all the AMERICANS helping to save peoples houses in ND and MN you are amazing and keep up the great work. I can't imagine how completly exhausting that must be.

Posted by mattt April 1, 09 09:11 PM

The flood of 1997 was a "hundred-year" flood - the lessons learned (including the loss of my friend, Pam, her 3 year-old daughter, Tori, and her unborn child) are the reason why FEMA, National Guard, Army Core of Engineers, and all our local city & county officials have been doing an excellent job in fighting the flood of 2009 even before the flood hit. Although there have been deaths attributed to the flood of 2009, those deaths were not a direct result of the flood as were the deaths I mentioned from 1997. It takes everyone to pull together to fight a great fight. KUDOS to all those who stepped in and helped. The lessons learned in Katrina will be used in the event there is another disaster with the same magnitude of Katrina and the rest of the nation will be there to help just as they were when they responded to New Orleans to help after Katrina.

Posted by Carol Krump April 1, 09 09:14 PM

God bless the great folks of ND, MN, SD for the terrible events they are going through, with relatives and friend in Fargo I have been following the events of the last few days with great interest. Having lived in a small SD community, I understand the great pride communities take in helping each other in a time of crisis and this will only show your best!

Posted by Dwight April 1, 09 09:25 PM

These people live here because its the best of the best. They are tougher than "Whang Leather" and thats the breed. They ask nothing and will give you the shirt off their backs. They are true Americans with "can do " spirit. God Bless them everyone. Semper Fi

Posted by Don Ross April 1, 09 09:38 PM

This sorta keeps thing real, doesn't it? My heart goes out to them!

Posted by Michael Grauer, Belize, C.A. April 1, 09 09:39 PM

It is wonderful to witness, through these photos, American communities doing
for each other and asking nothing in return. God bless all.

Posted by Max Miller April 1, 09 09:41 PM

Why doesn't this or the Iowa flooding resemble New Orleans?

Posted by Ironhead April 1, 09 09:54 PM

What I like about these pictures is thats its americans helping fellow americans, like we always do and always will!!! and all the trucks, front end loaders, and forklifts and far I can see are all american made!!! Like it should be!!! Like one american said once a couple of decades ago ! Failure is not an option!! And thats what our president is saying to all of us! If we all do it together we will make it thru this! God bless America!!

Posted by Gilbert J Galvan Jr. April 1, 09 09:54 PM

As a past North Dakotan who was raised in Grand Forks (flood of 1997) and attended the University of North Dakota, then lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (flood of 2008) for 30 years, I sometimes feel like the floods have been following me. So maybe I had better not let the people of my present city of residence, Kansas City, know of my past lest they ask me to move. Seriously, in looking at these wonderful photos my heart goes out to the great people of Fargo as it has in the past to Grand Forks, Cedar Rapids, New Orleans, and other smaller (but just as devastating to a homeowners) floods such as Osawatomie, Kansas (flood of 2007). Having been close to these disasters thru volunteering to help rebuild in the North and South, my experience is that the time the most help is needed is when the disaster is over. Cedar Rapids still needs much rebuilding help as does New Orleans so if you are thinking it is too late to volunteer, it isn't. It may come as a surprise to some, but the lion's share of the rebuilding/repairing of individual houses is not done by governments but by concerned individuals. It is also interesting to note that much of this effort seems to come from church volunteers mobilized from across the country. So, you are not to late to volunteer. North Dakota was a great place to live and has great people and a great spirit. It is no surprise to me to see the work that is being dome by the people there and I am praying that God will see them through this present challenge.

Posted by Ron Swanson April 1, 09 10:07 PM

hey born and raised in north dakota here ! PLEASE STOP WHINING !! the red has flooded before and chances are it will happen again. it dang sure is no katrina ! not even close those people suffered ! and by that i mean they died, lost family,friends, and a whole lot more then we in bismarck and fargo have ever lost ! so lets stop the B-ll s--t and get over it ! dont get me wrong i do feel for us up here but some of you are really just plain wrong!

Posted by dakotawolf April 1, 09 10:09 PM

CA native here... Been in ND for 15 years now... Never seen such wonderful people as they who live here. No whining from these folks.. They size everything up, then dig in and work. Everyone pulls together. It's wonderful to see. Not going to compare one regions' disaster with another. No sense in it. All who rise above adversity are to be commended.

Posted by Deb April 1, 09 10:12 PM

That shows the real OLD time American spirit of we can overcome most any obstical that gets in the path of progress. Good show North Dakota.

Posted by WJ Bryan Henrie April 1, 09 10:33 PM

Born and raised in North Dakota, have lots of experience how neighbors and friends get together to help. Minot was flooded in 1969, our home had 15 inches of water for 40 days, we survied with 3% SBA loans and lots of help from friends. My prayers go out to Fargo and all the people who are helping their neighbors may God bless you all. The reason North Dakota has such a small population is that we don't brag about how nice it is to live North Dakota.

Posted by jdo April 1, 09 10:35 PM

Hey Ed Maller I think you are missing to message it's not the location of the house it's the generous compassionate nature of all of us up here in the F/M area so unless you were there you know what you can do with your comments. And as for the natives who think they need some special rcognotion for what they did in the effort that attitude is why we have racism, and people say the white people are the ones. I just want to say ther is trash and there is good people and I am very proud to live in the F/M area my whol life. where the weather must keep the RIFRAF out.

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 10:57 PM

I am proud to call Fargo, North Dakota home. Thank you to whomever said that this is not a political thing. I grew up in this state and will never leave, because people here take care of others and know what God meant when He asked us to love our neighbors. Someone mentioned something about the poor saving the rich who live near the river. Social class has NOTHING to do with who gets or does not get help here! The strong sense of community and brotherhood is what pulls the people together in this area of the country. We love our neighbors, our state, our country... we would do the same for anyone, anywhere.

Posted by Fargo Mom of 3 April 1, 09 11:16 PM

1,000 cheers for the stout hearted home owners, the volunteers who support them and the community leaders who stand behind them. bravo to you all.

Posted by Larry Kaniut, Anchorage, Alaska April 1, 09 11:19 PM

I have read through many of these posts, and there is such a wide range of feelings, from those who think we should be on pedastals and held up to others as some sort of shining example, to others who want to drag us down and say there is nothing special about us. As in real life, we are somewhere in both spectrums. What you see IS something to be proud of, and try to emulate, but we have our faults too, and if you think that there are none among us who don't go home at night to an empty house and are alone, or others who after filling sandbags all day then go home and drink themselves into a stupor, or shout at their spouses or their children then you don't understand what being human is. So, yes, take the positive examples that you see and be proud and encouraged, but don't think we are without faults too. a. I think a mark of greatness is being able to raise ourselves above our faults and join with each other, becoming less selfish, and more selfless. And those who want to make comparisons to other tragedies or acts of nature might do better to instead look at each situation as by itself and revel in the good that you see. There is one thing wonderful about enduring trials and that is that through pain that is shared can then come the opportunity to learn wisdom. So maybe Katrina and other events did exactly what they should have....they gave us an opportunity to learn and the next time, do better. When all is said and done, I am proud to be a North Dakotan, but I am even prouder to be an American, and I think every one of you who has submitted posts should be able to say the same thing. As a nation we are good people!

Posted by Dakotagal April 1, 09 11:23 PM

I'm Sooo very Proud to be from North Dakota! God Bless The Amazing TRUE American sprit that is born, bred and encouraged in every North Dakota family. I see it reflected in each photo. I got more than one tear in my eye watching the news and knowing what you are all going through. The flood of 1969 in Minot was devastating for my immediate family - but like you we relied on friends and family - we got through it and it made us better people. God Bless you ALL! I'm gonna refrain from making the Stimulus Package comments that I dearly want to make... God Loves you and You will be Better for surviving this... Be nice to my Brother-in-law he's helping direct traffic..

Posted by Elise Harron April 1, 09 11:29 PM

I was born and raised in North Dakota so I know what is happening there. It seems to be a yearly thing (some years worse than others) that is anticipated each year. Everyone pitches in to help instead of asking for government help. That is the strength of North Dakotans! I remember, one year going to Fargo with a government agency to help people complete government assistance forms. There were not many offers taken as they have been through it before and would survive on their own. The rest of the US needs to learn from these strong people.

Posted by linn April 1, 09 11:29 PM

Does a disaster really need to happen before America wakes up to the tragedy before we all pull together?
This is America 30 years ago. Paying it forward. Pay it forward my friends, pay it forward. This is what makes this country strong. Help your fellow man, its a small gesture with big rewards. Politics have nothing to do with it.(did not vote for Obama) We are the people who are going to bring this country back together.
Sorry it had to happen in N. D. to start with. Stay safe my friends.

Posted by 300zxuser April 1, 09 11:50 PM

I was fortunate enough to volunteer with the Red Cross and set up a First Aid station with 3 other nurses and experienced the most unselfish, loving and caring people of this great state of North Dakota in the city of Fargo in the Fargodome. There were over 2000 local volunteers working that day making sandbags with a goal of 500,000 of which they met. They ask for nothing. They were a proud community with big gearts that helped one another. We bandaged so many blistered and bleeding fingers just so they could get back on the floor and keep going. These were not just men and women, but children also. I will keep this in my heart forever!

Posted by Lori Bachman LPN Hoosier Heartland Chapter April 2, 09 12:01 AM

my heart goes out to ALL of the people effected by the flooding happening in North Dakota. i just wish they would put pictures of the small town that are completely under water to show that its all of ND that needs the help. also to show that no matter how old/ young or male/female you are people of this state are willing to help out in a time of need. GO NORTH DAKOTA AND MINNASOTA

Posted by ND raised and proud of It April 2, 09 12:29 AM

I sandbagged many, many hours for this disaster. I found it amazing that everyone, from all walks of life, pulled together as volunteers and worked to the best of their ability. And I never heard any arguing or complaining! I personally worked alongside a pastor, a Hindu man, a Mennonite, a drinker, a homeless man, a photographer, hockey players, soldiers, a news anchor, college students with widely varied degrees, jr high kids making up detention hours, a computer programmer, and probably many more. What a community!

Posted by impressed by FM spirit April 2, 09 12:32 AM

Rich or poor, big or small everyones home deserves to be saved!!! These are there homes that have lots of memeories. I'm so proud of our state for being strong and helping one another and not giving up!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 12:42 AM

Just think if all of the United States could pull together like the people of Fargo-Moorhead. ?????????????? Think of the possibilities!

Posted by Mark Anderson April 2, 09 12:46 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 01:02 AM

Proud to called an American who lives in ND. God Bless all of the dedicated workers in all the flood areas of the state. More water on the way, but we will be ready for it.

Posted by Marsha April 2, 09 01:09 AM

I am so impressed how people in North dakota help each other.

Posted by Delores Castonguay April 2, 09 01:11 AM

To all you people with the snide comments about poor people and big houses...I am from 70 miles from Fargo in Minnesota - on a river. Let me tell you there is nothing POOR about those people, they are hard working neighbors who pitch in to help their neighbors when help is needed. I am proud to be a Minnesota farm kid - and to this day, when my neighbor's "hay needs put up", I am there to help, just like my Mom and Dad taught me! As for the big houses, they probably are what is left of the family farm that the big agribusiness that is feeding you forced them off until you understand those of us proud to be "Minn -a-sottans" and "Nord De-kotuns" - please stay back east!

Posted by Marilyn April 2, 09 01:13 AM

...and believe it or not, there are a ton of hot chicks in Fargo ,great college town!!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 01:16 AM

UNITY .... love the pictures.... thank you..

Posted by vibs April 2, 09 02:23 AM

Having spent approx. 1 1/2 years working with Steiger Tractor and staying at The Ramada Inn in Moorhead,. I was introduced to the hardiness of these people.
This is just a minor set back which they will overcome.
A good example is the 12 year old boy who volunteered to fill and place sand bags because there was a problem, with his neighbors.
May the Good Lord have a special blessing on these people.
They never knew a stranger.


Posted by George Marions April 2, 09 03:02 AM

Just another personal observation, as I listened to and read inputs from people regarding the ND flood…

I grew up in Fargo and I am ashamed of some of the posts I have viewed. Yes, Fargo has pulled together to ward off another flood and the actions of everyone involved should be commended, however, what happened in New Orleans and what is occurring in Fargo are completely different and should not be compared. Fargo has had weeks of notice and has spent many years sandbagging after a winter thaw. It is the only way the people of Fargo know to hold off the surging water. The sandbags have again done their job and prevented catastrophe. The water did not come over the levees, the levees did not break, and because of this, no one can say what would, or would not have happened if they did.

The people of New Orleans suffered great tragedy when their levee system did not hold up to an unpredictable natural disaster. Fargo was told how high to expect the water level and built the levees accordingly. The people of New Orleans were told Katrina was a category 5 hurricane which, given they have survived many hurricanes over the years, did not explain how bad it was going to get. The media reinforced people's perception of what was going to occur by stating the levees would hold.

The people of New Orleans came together (similar to how Fargo came together) and boarded their windows, closed their businesses and either drove out of the affected area or went about their daily lives. When the levees broke it was too late to get out and, with the exception of telling people to leave, the government was little prepared for such a disaster/mass evacuation. However, the tragedy brought about the best in the people of New Orleans, as complete strangers gave everything they could to help others; families without cars gave rides to strangers and people opened their homes to those that had lost theirs.

In addition, I have read #37's comments regarding the Fargo flood vs. New Orleans in which it appears they are insinuating one group is better than another. I find this to be very offensive and not demonstrative of the Fargo spirit. Sadly, #37 is not the only one who has come up with this comparison, but for ease of rebuttal, I will use some of his comments as a template.

1. We don't see looting. -- Correct, there was no looting however, the stores still had power and the police were still working to secure the city, and because of this, the opportunity for looting was next to nil, unlike it was in New Orleans. In addition the population of New Orleans is slightly bigger, and by slightly I mean it dwarfs the population of ND. I think all can agree crime rates are directly related to the population, and this fact is relevant during times of disaster, as well as during times of normalcy.

2. We don't see street violence. -- Same as above. However, I wonder if everyone would have been so good to each other if there weren't enough sandbags for everyone or if there wasn't shelter for everyone. I think we can thank the government for providing ample resources.

3. We don't see people sitting on their rooftops waiting for the
government to come and save them. -- I have seen a lot of pictures of people being helped (saved) in Oxbow and other F-M areas. Also, with the floodwaters being held back by the miles of sandbags, why would anyone be sitting on rooftops when they could sit in their living rooms?

7. We don't see people ignoring evacuation orders. -- How many people were evacuated? The people that were evacuated had facilities, neighbors, and friends they could stay with, as not the entire city was evacuated. If there were mass evacuation orders given, I wonder how many people would have attempted to stay in their homes to do all they could to save them even against government orders? People in general will do all they can to save their homes. Each year people in California battle back forest fires until the point their homes are surrounded. Many people in New Orleans wouldn't leave their homes after the evacuation orders because they were not allowed to take their animals. A special thank you should be extended to the Humane Society for setting up locations where people could bring their pets in Fargo (Red River Valley Fairgrounds). How many people would leave behind family pets to fend for themselves knowing there is a good possibility they would never see them again? Because of the occurrences in New Orleans, there is now legislation in place to shelter animals for the very fact that the government understands that this, in turn, will save human lives as well.

8. We don't see people blaming a government conspiracy to blow up
the levees as the reason some have not held. -- This is just stupid. Fargo didn't have a major meltdown in their levee system for there to be any conspiracies, although maybe Barack Obama has something against Lutheran middle schoolers….hmmmmm.

10. We don't see the Mayors of any of these cities complaining about
the lack of state or federal response. -- Fargo had a lot of forewarning and therefore the city was prepared for the flood. Flooding happens nearly every year and the people of Fargo know what to do during a flood and know what to do to prepare for one. The people of New Orleans know what to do in the event of a hurricane, they board their windows, close their businesses and if necessary leave the city. New Orleans has a levee system in place, which has always protected them. They know where the water comes from, and as long as they can withstand the winds and have food for a few days there really isn't any reason for them to leave.

The fact is the government, FEMA, the Humane Society, National Guard, and others took away a lot of lessens learned based on what happened during Katrina. I think all of us can be thankful the lessons were learned and the government has an established plan of action for emergencies.

12. We don't see gangs of people going around and randomly shooting
at the rescue workers. -- Again crime, yes understood, people take advantage of a bad situation and again, it would be interesting to see if any of this would have occurred in ND if the power would have been cut and the city evacuated for long periods of time. Ask the East Grand Forks school system how many computers they lost during the flood of 1997.

The bottom line is the people of Fargo have done a tremendous job in holding back the floodwaters. I commend all of the people who put in long hours with little sleep to make sure everyone stayed safe, without them the outcome may have been horrifying. We should continue to praise everyone who volunteered and took part in the effort and we should completely refrain from making comparisons, and spreading hateful and despicable remarks towards others whose outcome was not as positive. Many people speak of the hard work and diligence of the people of Fargo, but it should also be our compassion and modesty during times of triumph upon which people can look in awe.

Posted by Ben April 2, 09 03:10 AM

Its nice when people chip in, I wish more people would help each other.
Well done Fargo.

Posted by Jason in Pearl City Hawaii April 2, 09 04:52 AM

I cheated and did a "find" on this webpage for Katrina. Sure you can draw comparisons only so far, but I would like to say something to people who say no comparisons can be made.

Suppose you or your parents or grandparents came from a big family, you have 3-4 older brothers and sisters and 3-4 younger siblings. Do you have a moratorium on comparisons, if you see brother Joe missing the kind of life he should be living do you say nothing. Or do you degrade sister Amy who is a true role model for us all?

I think the modern educational system has infected the general population to think that all societies, all countries, all peoples are morally equivalent. The fatal argument to that is that longitudinally or taking one person over time, we all know people whose lives have fallen apart, and people whose lives have gotten better. I sure wouldn't want a moral equivalency person to say my former life was just as good as my present. That's incredibly easy to see.

So while the conditions are different, and not just Katrina, but other natural disasters, it's a fact that there are parts of the US and any other country that hang together well, and others that are less so. Now and esp after 9-11 which was eons ago, should show us we either stand up for values or we slide into a dog-eat-dog world.

Posted by Scott April 2, 09 04:53 AM

God bless the folks of North Dakota!! We just went through all that flooding last summer and our people all pitched in as you are doing to save our towns-but you are doing it in freezing cold and blizzards!!!! My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you-you are what makes this country so amazing!!

From a flooded Iowan!!!

Posted by Barbara April 2, 09 05:00 AM


Posted by JIM & WILMA DOUGLAS April 2, 09 06:40 AM

911 was an eye opener to what we americans can do in time of disaster,we all pulled together and worked together and prayed together and felt the same strength in knowing we are capable as a nation to be there and help oneanother..
The heros are those who are not sefish in there work to save just what is theirs alone but for the whole.....God Bless all and everyone who pulled together to protect oneanother in this disaster.....Young and Old....
Our prayers are with you there wven when we can't be...

Posted by K. Unger April 2, 09 06:45 AM

There sure is a difference between the people of Fargo and the people of New Orleans

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 09 02:17 PM
I assume that when a comment refers to "...the people of New Orleans..." the comment is about "...those poor, forgotten, souls who suffered the rages of Katrina, and are still suffering..."

In the first place, those individuals who received all that national attention were primarily from the Lower Ninth Ward, the low niners. No media attention has ever been given to the other residents of New Orleans who battled the river, secured their property, obeyed evacuation orders, returned and re-built with no fanfare!

Secondly, it may come as a shock to most that Katrina was not the only Hurricane, and its landfall impacted an area MUCH greater than just the lower ninth ward!
Within days of Katrina the opposite corner, the southwest corner, was impacted by Hurricane Rita. The devastation was, in many ways, worse that that of Katrina. Not only were buildings and homes and businesses damaged and destroyed, but the land many of these structures sat on is still under several feet of water-the very land was lost!

And finally, since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we have been visited by Gustav and
Ike. Apparently since three of the four 'visitors' did not impact the "low niners" then they are not worthy of media attention.

If it means anything to anybody, the damages from Rita, Gustav, and Ike have already been cleaned up, repaired, and rebuilt-no fanfare, no Hollywood fund raisers, no national media attention, no hand outs, no riots, no crying governor, no blaming the president,...

Our prayers and hopes go out to all,

Posted by perry a dautreuil April 2, 09 08:16 AM

if this would have been one of the cities like we seen in the past , they would still be waiting on the govenment to bail them out and drown like rats.... I wonder where are Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson? God did not punish these people, but he appears in each and everyone that is helping their fellow neighbor.... i watch television a lot, and all i see is President Obama and politicians not doing their job... We need to pray for God to intervene in our lives and America....

Posted by Louis Griffin Jr April 2, 09 08:50 AM


Posted by V&C Voigt April 2, 09 08:52 AM

I'll never tell another NoDak joke again!!

Posted by A. J. Average April 2, 09 09:39 AM

God bless you all in North Dakota! I lived in N.D. for many years and then moved to Ohio for employment. Knowing that I’m from N.D, my Ohio co- workers are very interested in this story and like to keep me updated on the situation. They can't believe how Dakotans have pulled together and are bewildered by the N.D. spirit. I just smile to myself because I know they will never understand. Thanks for making me proud.

Posted by Rocky April 2, 09 09:50 AM

Maybe they they should spend some of the oil money they were bragging about last summer. This is the most northern southern state if you get my meaning. Evidently God doesn't like intolerant people.

Posted by Joe the Plummer April 2, 09 10:13 AM

I only know Mark Crocker and his family in Fargo and certainly hope they are safe.I also care about al the outstanding people that have worked so very hard to make the reserve sand bags,Support is everything in a battle and my pride goes out to everybody that has protected their homes and my feelings of helplessness to all that had homes flooded are so sincere.

Posted by Bob April 2, 09 10:32 AM

Wow! Humanity at its best. The people of ND and MN are shinning brightly in their hour of darkness! May God Bless them all!

Posted by Mark Cross April 2, 09 10:33 AM

AFter reading most of these comments I am saddened that so many think this only happens in ND. I have lived in ND, MN, and MT and now am back in ND. Doesn't the rest of the US know the truth of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"? Please tell me that it is not just here in the northern midwest!

Posted by Sharon Gardner April 2, 09 10:34 AM

Wow.. as I'm sitting here in Minnesota, still snowed in by a foot of snow. I've been reading the posts about the flood. Tears filled my eyes as I looked at the pictures, not of sadness, but of pride. I have family in Fargo and though it has been a hardship for them, I never thought of them being heros or super humans to withstand such a disaster. What you see people doing in those photos is considered normal for people of these states. We grow up with the strength, the will, the stamina to withstand many hardships. We are taught to take care of ourselves and our neighbors. That is just the way it is. I guess we do have something special. But it's something everyone should be raised with. The flood is not a punishment for being liberal or conservative... it's not a horrible punishment of any kind. It's a reality and a sarifice we make to live in the most beautiful and wonderful place on earth... so we have to weather 40 below, floods, being snowed in for a week by a foot of snow, .. It makes us appreciate the sunshine, the spring days, our neighbors, ourselves and our life.. EVERY day.. not just when something like this happens....

Posted by Rena F Troy April 2, 09 10:45 AM

What most people are truly missing is the fact that the upper midwest is still rural America. I was born and raised in North Dakota but moved away in the late '70's when I joined the military. Where ever I went I saw many of the atributes of small rural America. The people of rural America have always come together to help their neighbors. Whether it is a farmer who has fallen ill and can't harvest his fields or the rancher that can't tend to his livestock the neighbors have chipped in to help. Giving their precious time to help someone in need. They know that their neighbors would do the same for them if required. The people in the metropolitan areas do not know their neighbors well enouugh to want to help them. I know that this may be a poor generalization but it is true in most instances. How many of you big city people actualy know the people that live 3 houses down from you or the peole on tin the apartmen below you?

Posted by John Colorado Springs April 2, 09 10:57 AM

New Orleans did not have days to prepare and were mislead by FEMA, why be so judgemental and ugly when you can be proud of the Humanity.

Posted by cynthia cayer April 2, 09 11:00 AM

I grew up and attended college in North Dakota. These floods are not new. I remember when I was a small boy back in the early 80's delivering food to my older brothers who were sandbagging. North Dakotans are known for their strong work ethic. My father taught me, "Don't ever ask a man to do something if you're not willing to do it yourself." North Dakotans live by this motto. To my parents, siblings and friends... God Speed!

Posted by Proud ex-North Dakotan April 2, 09 11:05 AM

A comment was made "that it is too bad that Fargo does not have a Super Dome." In my mind Fargo has a Super Dome, (Fargo Dome)! And it was transformed into a Super union of people of all ages who dedicated numberous hours to fill sand bags for the army of thousands to fight the courageous battle to save the city and the homes, businesses and suffering of hundreds. I commend the all of the Super Heroes of Fargo and the surrounding area for their heroric efforts.
LCS, a former Fargo resident.

Posted by Lyle Sorum April 2, 09 11:08 AM

Come on......just sit on your roof and wait for the government to come help you, its all there fault anyway! Hope someone is taping this to use as a training video for the south...."How to handle a crises for DUMMIES"!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 11:21 AM

I have always been proud to say I am from SD no matter where the Army has sent me. These pictures say/ prove what we all know as North Dakotans, South Dakotans, and Minnesotans.

Posted by Stryker Radar April 2, 09 11:24 AM

Shout out to Zach Boor ---KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ! Proud of you. By the way,(for the photographer) that was a great photo.

Posted by JJackson April 2, 09 11:25 AM

hard working, dedicated, we do what it takes to get the job done- period. Every picture shows how everyone in north dakota is raised- we are raised to put forth everything we have to protect our community and to out work the rest. Everyone helps eachother and is willing to put forth alot of time to protect everyone around them. NORTH DAKOTA IS WHERE YOU FIND THE INDIVIDUALS THAT DONT GIVE UP. GO NORTH DAKOTA!!!

Posted by WS6 April 2, 09 11:28 AM

My heart goes out to the people of Fargo and surounding areas. When some of you compare this tragic incident with Katrinia, Please keep in mind that all of the people in Louisiana are not the same as some of you describe. I, for one, would be right there with you filling sand bags or whatever else is needed to be done, if I could just walk. you see, I had two strokes and a heart attack, but I am still doing what I can do. I pray for all of you. May God bless you.

Posted by Charlie from Louisiana. April 2, 09 11:29 AM

Thank you to all who done so much in so many different ways to battle this water and to all you thoughtful people across the country as well as our neighbors to the north who have wished us prayers and wished us well. All of us at some point in our lives have had or will experience a crisis and we all have our own personal and often tradgic stories, so lets not make more of this than what it is. Simply in times as these, not only must we do whatever it takes to survive but help others survive as well. Lets all just keep doing a little more than is asked of us, and then hopefully whatever the outcome we can handle it some better. Again thank you all.

Posted by deadhorse pics April 2, 09 11:36 AM

I grew up in the Fargo-Moorhead region and went to college at MSUM. I experienced the flood of '97 and most recently the flooding in Iowa, now that I reside and do business in the Quad Cities.

There are no words to express the feeling of pride and respect I have for the community and how they came together in this dire time of need. The only regret I have is that I wish I could have contributed to the cause this time around. The resilience and synergy between all community member stands out as a model to all of America.

In your darkest moment, stand proud and know that your tireless efforts and commitment to your community and each other has not gone unnoticed.

I am proud to have grown up in such a wonderful community!
God Bless!

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 11:42 AM

I was born on the edge of Red River Valley farmland. Flat as can be, floods every other year, so we're used to it. Also, with the taxpayers giving us unlimited farm subsisidies for growing things we don't need, and everyone being related and going to the same church together, we all get along quite well. No one gets out of line. We share. Thank you, taxpayers of America for supporting our way of life. Sorry you guys in New Orleans don't have boats and heavy equipment in your garages to battle the rising waters creeping up a couple inches each day on a nice spring day.

Posted by Tom April 2, 09 11:42 AM

FEMA wanted Fargo and Moorhead to evacuate, they wanted us to lie down and wait for this all to end.

FEMA to me now means:

Way to go Red River Valley; stay vigilant as we all know this is not over!

Posted by Chris in Fargo April 2, 09 11:45 AM

I want to thank Dakotagirl (#847) for writting "I think a mark of greatness is being able to raise ourselves above our faults and join with each other, becoming less selfish, and more selfless." I totally agree with you. You have summed up the backbone of North Dakotan.

Posted by Just another Dakotagirl April 2, 09 11:45 AM

To Post #874 - I'm sorry, but your post sounds as intolerant as you accuse North Dakotans of being. I don't know what bit you in the backside, but hopefully you can resolve your bitterness soon.

As far as spending the oil money, we do spend it. Today, the Emergency Commission is meeting to consider a loan of $12M+ from the Bank of North Dakota to cover the state's share of the emergency expenses. There is talk of more to be used, but I don't have the figures on that at the moment.

North Dakotans do not think we are the only ones that encounter natural disasters or that we have a corner on the market for human compassion or the ability to work together. We are proud of who we are and where we come from, despite attempts by others to paint us as backwards or intolerant. You will also find us patting the backs or shaking the hands of others who find themselves victims of disasters. Better yet, we just might be the person next to you, handing you your sandbag. Same as the people who came from afar and were willing to deal with the extreme weather that has been happening.

God Bless everyone who helps his or her neighbor. That is who AMERICANS are.

Posted by Proud to be from ND April 2, 09 11:50 AM

A disaster DOES bring out the best in people, and remember that there is good in everybody...ENOUGH BASHING, just be proud of the Amercian spirit and give credit where it is due. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all, especially my son and his family in West Fargo.

Posted by SRKennedy April 2, 09 11:51 AM

Hello everyone. I just sat down at home and found this e-mail from a friend, thought I would add a little something. I would like to express my warmest thanks to ALL the volunteers that helped, this would include the ones from last year,last week or from 5 years ago (where ever it was), Guardsmen and ladies, across the country, during a tornado and for the the recent flood(the fight isn't finished, etc..
I can say this first hand, it was the only way we dodged a bullet up here in Fargo(again!!) See, I'm a Captain with Fargo Fire dept and the effort that went out was nothing less than awesome!!!! I don't want to forget the Guard that was mobilized, away from your families, thanks. As some of these blogs state, that we had plenty of time to prepare really isn't true, we never expected the waters to come this high this year, we figured a little more than normal, but not recors levels. When we got the word the effort started about two weeks prior to the crest. While we were out there during the snowstorm and had set sandbags to a safe level, we got an update that they had a change in the forecasted crest, we had to go higher! To all those cold, tired, wet muddy volunteers that dug in your heels and didn't give up, nothing but KUDOS!!!!! To all the people that supported the front lines, we couldn't have done it without you. I was here in 1997 on the job and I thought I'd seen an effort then, this one surpassed that effort.One more thing, to my family that hasn't seen much of me the past two weeks, I love you very much I'll try to make it up to you.

Posted by Fargo Fire Captain April 2, 09 11:56 AM

I live in Washington State, but originally from the Midwest. We just survived the Flood in Dec. 2007, and I can relate with these people, and I know none if them but still turned me into a crying mess....Like I was looking in a mirror a year ago of our community coming together. Just like these strong families we did not complain or whine, we just "started shoveling and rebuilding~the same day it was over."

I think people who have shared a traumatic experience flood/fire/earthquake etc. Will always have a first hand knowledge no one else can. Everyone can feel for these people but survivors "relate" on a personal level.

They will be in our prayers, for a speedy recovery ~ and getting people back into their homes!

Posted by Rivers Edge April 2, 09 12:23 PM

may god watch over all of you..this makes all of us realize how fortunate we all are ...we take things for granted until we have this happen..i feel so bad for all who are in the flood ..i wish i could help..god bless and watch over yous ...

Posted by janet bennett April 2, 09 12:33 PM

I can't believe there were no shootings or people stealing anything. Just goes to show you that when people put their minds and hearts into a job they don't need to wait around for someone to figure out there is a problem before they take action. Maybe the gulf coast states could learn a little something by the example these people set. This kind of thing happens for a reason and it's not their fault or the govenrments. When it's all over you will go on with your lives and this to you will go down as just another one of the little things that life throws at you. Be proud of what you did and you all gave another good example of what America is all about.

Posted by John Sass Naples, Fl. April 2, 09 12:37 PM

just having to deal with the ice and cold is bad enought.
You are in our thoughts and prayers

Posted by Gerri April 2, 09 12:40 PM


Posted by DONNA April 2, 09 01:08 PM

And as you can see from these photo's There are Still a Lot of Great American's And caring people in our GREAT country. God Bless Each and everyone who chipped in too help

Posted by Dave schultz April 2, 09 01:10 PM

I agree completely with Ben in #863. I was born in Moorhead and lived through a number of floods with my parents on the Red River. Our home an its yard was on the banks of the Red and we all lived in the Lake Agaisi basin. The Red River has been flooding for decades and the conditions of hurricane, flood, and the levies breaking in NOLA can never be compared.

Also, it is extremely unfair to compare Moorhead, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota with New Orleans and characterize the people and their actions. The people in Moorhead and Fargo are hardworking and come together but they also have the Coast Guard, the National Guard and FEMA all there now -- absolutely essential government support and rescue operations in conditions they know and have seen before on this landscape.

What was so chilling to me about Katrina was Canadian and Dutch ships sitting off-shore with critical rescue and support were not allowed into U.S. waters, banned by the U.S. government from saving American lives. This action resulting in loss of life is morally reprehensible and criminal. If negligent actions to deny rescue had not been taken the consequences in New Orleans could have been very different and it is extremely important we don't sweep them under the rug and pretend they didn't happen as it is a very costly lesson learned.

Posted by Minnesota Boy April 2, 09 01:13 PM

More snow arrived this week, heavy with moisture..unforunately the sun is out today here too....certainly gives you a different outlook. With the sun comes melting and more water. God be with all who are enduring and God bless all those that put their lives aside to volunteer.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 01:17 PM

I have only lived in North Dakota For 2 years. They are the best people in America. I have been to 49 states and lived in 13 of them. So I do know what I am talking about. I am currently in Baghdad Iraq serving with the North Dakota National Guard. I wish I could be there to help. But I still have a mission here. I cant wait to get back to the best Americans I know. They always answer the call. My Unit was a perfect example. More than half left other units to join mine so they could serve in Iraq. And serve they did. Enough said. Good like guys, And God Bless. I'll be back when it warms up this summer.

Posted by Mike Hughes April 2, 09 01:20 PM

Born in Plaza, ND. Grew up in MN. Now in CA. People in Upper Midwest have the real American spirit. Just great to see how they are handling the flooding.

Posted by Don Beaudoin April 2, 09 01:25 PM

well in this day and age the river will win, as we are in the wet cycle, but the river will not win if we all are prepared todo justice to the mighty red when she decides to be an ugly and awful mean part of nature, i am sure we all will appreciate the calmness of her on a summer day months from now, and as we approach a another year my heart goes out to the people of fargo morhead as i too have been a victom to the mighty red, like many others, but there are brighter things on the horizon, as i am sure fargo and morhead will never have this again, and hopefully never again in my lifetime or yours, thank you a concerened poerson

Posted by brent demarais grandforks north dakota April 2, 09 01:36 PM

May God Bless you all as you suffer through this disaster. Remember HIS promise , HE will never leave you or forsake you. Blessings to all from Kentucky.

Posted by Marie H. Jackson April 2, 09 01:38 PM

Hang in the NoDakers - We are praying for you. May God bless you and yours.

Posted by KenB April 2, 09 01:46 PM

When the flood is over, all the heavy equipment should be used to pile earth as high as any eastimated flood level and then all the homes should be moved to the elevated pads. An alternative would be to build the houses on stilts.

Humans are smart than having to fight a flood every year.

The present governments should nban the construction of homes and building in flood plains unless the preperation has been accomplished first.

Posted by Jesse Patton April 2, 09 01:57 PM

You have demonstrated what America is about. Unselfishly helping each other is our hallmark. God bless you all.

Posted by Bob Hiler April 2, 09 02:15 PM

God bless you all and I hope everyone is safe.

Posted by Kathy April 2, 09 02:32 PM




Posted by DENNIS April 2, 09 02:35 PM

Yes, the people there are good folks. But the cynical comments by some for the federal government to now finance a multi-million dollar dike fall on hard ears for me since most of the people there ALWAYS vote Republican and are often talking about less government or no government. so I say build and pay for your own damn dikes!

Posted by Ben April 2, 09 02:45 PM

I haven't lived in Mn. for years, but remember well this happening time and again. My thoughts and prayers go to everyone back there - God is with you - have faith.

Posted by Evie Pierce April 2, 09 02:49 PM

Nicely done North Dakotans. This is reminiscent of last year in Cedar Rapids and other areas of Iowa. When there is a crisis, Midwestern people pull together!

Posted by Luke Gerst April 2, 09 02:54 PM

While the flooding was a disaster and horrible looking, in its own way the people woring together to overcome what was thrown at them was a beautiful sight. Rememboring hurricanes from the past I encourage you to not give up. The sun will shine again and there are great days ahead as long as individuals like you can set an example for all of us in times of adversity, to roll up our sleeves and pants cuffs, and wade into the water and do what we can do. Nothing more can be expected. You have done well.

Posted by Galvez Kid _ Galvez Louisiana April 2, 09 03:07 PM

The flood fighting going on in many areas of ND (not just the Red River Valley) is a great example of what can happen when people come together to do good things... America, YES WE CAN!!!!

Posted by Cindy G. April 2, 09 03:31 PM

I am gald N.D is surviving and it looks like you are doing a great job. FOR US who lived through IKE in the Galveston, La Porte, Seabrook, TX. area know what is ahead. Several people here still haven't found their house and trying to start over. You all fought TOGETHER to save your towns and homes, doing a wonderful job and hope that recovery will be better than ours - FEMA is now starting to supply homes for those who have NO HOME TO GO TO and that has been 6 months. Hope you don't have to wait that long. I have always thought your area was beautiful and hope to find it that way when I go back for visit.

Posted by Native TEXAN April 2, 09 03:34 PM

To those of you who were in Katrina and survived or lost a loved one I'd personally like to express my sympathies and wish you the best in life in the future. To those of you that have an issue with this being compared to the floods in New Orleans, I have just one thing to say, yes New Orleans was flooded beyond belief and no this flood was nothing in comparison to that, HOWEVER, if New Orleans had of had 20degree water with giant chunks of ice in it, slamming up against a levee or dike, things may have been VERY different for them. The risks are GREATLY raised when you hypothermia and blizzards, and 70mph winds for 6 days straight into the mix. So, yes, while you all had a Category 5 hit you, the storm dissipated and went away in 2 days, while the storm(s) here stuck around for 6-7 days on top of the flooding that was already going on excacerbating the situation.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 03:47 PM

The difference is the I can attitude versus the I want attitude. The people of Fargo attacked the problem and the people of No just wanted someone to blame...

Posted by Lane April 2, 09 03:55 PM

Perhaps you all remember a story done on a class from Wahpeton College Of Science, where we took a trip to Pensacola FL after Hurricane Ivan devastated that beautiful city. Let's recall what happened there. They lost power, they lost lives, they're liquor stores had to be shut down. Now, lets compare this to the flooding of Fargo and surrounding areas. The water was ice cold, they had to blow up frozen water to allow liquid water to flow. We may know these things are coming people, but why in all that people KNOW can happen on coasts, do we not prepare ourselves better for these situations? And, why is it always the lower classes of people that do nothing but ask for help instead of helping get to bask in the glory that is the news? Ask yourselves that. Maybe then you'll see why lifes more complicated then you think it is.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 04:05 PM

I praise human nature and it's ability to bond together for a common cause. That is why this country was created. That is the norm for us in the U.S.A. Unfortuneately, we also have extremes! The rumourmongers! A cancerous blight on society! They worm their way into everything we do! For those that are using this site acccordingly, I praise you for supporting your fellow Americans, and doing your part! I ask the rest of you to keep your comments to yourself, God knows you would like a little reassurance if it was you in trouble. I ask the supportive people not to fall into the "mudslinging" trap, Everyone knows an idiot, when they see one!

Posted by Deadalius1 April 2, 09 04:10 PM

I love your comments Deb, #841! I have lived in west central MN my whole life and there is that attitude here of pitching together and getting it done. We are 100 miles away from the F/M area, but my family drove up and pitched in for 2 days. The local high schools, some much further away than us, sent busloads of kids to help. It's what we do here. And you're right....we can't compare disasters. Let's rise above and just keep doing what's right.

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Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 04:16 PM

Get over Katrina already!! Think of what is going on now, not just yourselves.

Posted by Native Midwestern April 2, 09 04:22 PM

we live in an ice box plus we are not heavily populated thats why we do not see viloence that much. were not that perfect. i find us to be drunken fighters and there are a lot more druggies around here then you know. closet druggies and drinkers. plus employment is limmited and start up businesses come and go lack of people. we are paid lower wages. instead of fargo thinking they were a big shot city (which they are not) instead of the down town beautifaction project you think they should have spent your money on the dikes. hearty har har.

Posted by melb April 2, 09 04:43 PM

That must have been very scary I don't think I would have handeled it very well.

Posted by Jasmine Johnson April 2, 09 04:45 PM

This is what true North Dakotans and Minnesotans are about when a crisis is thrown into our hands. This is what makes me proud to be a part of this great state of North Dakota, It's all about the People! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your hard work and dedication to save our great cities.

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Posted by RUKidding April 2, 09 04:46 PM

I work at a Vet's center and I think how you could easily draw a comparison between what our Vets did overseas to what those non-military citizens in MN and the Dakotas are doing now! The spirit is the same: patriotism, sacrifice for others, "sticktoittiveness", braving the elements, etc. Did everyone see the American flag stuck in the sandbag wall? We are all proud to be American, proud to pull together, proud to help our neighbors and proud to represent what it means to be American, but why do we have to wait for a crisis to demonstrate it?

Posted by Joyce April 2, 09 04:56 PM

Ben #913. you talk like a real jerk.

Posted by me April 2, 09 05:09 PM

I don't believe the deabte about Katrina vs the Red River is the point. The point is that people of North Dakota acted in response to adversity very differently than those in Louisianna. In my local paper, the Plain Dealer, an article was published about North Dakota that illustrated that there is a gas station in the state that still operates on the honor system by taking it's payment through a coffee can method on top of the pump. The same article states that there were more murders in the movie Fargo in two hours than in the entire state over a decade. The ability to trust and count on each other in tough times appears different between, North Dakota and Louisianna (or Ohio for that matter where they may have been more murders in the last 5 minutes than the movie Fargo).

Posted by Cle Rocks April 2, 09 05:09 PM

It is amazing how young and old, men and women, are all working together and helping in this tragedy. There is no need for police and military to stop looting and crimes as has been the case in othre disasters. I wonder why......

Posted by Bob Cianflone April 2, 09 05:20 PM

I don't think this is a matter of who had the more terrible natural disaster, who lost more, or who had more casualties. It's not a story that is even HINTING at a battle between who had it worse between the midwest and New Orleans. It is just trying to show that the people in the areas of the midwest right now that are dealing with issues of flooding are making history. Not only because of the record high flood levels, but because of the community coming together. It makes you realize that even during times of panic, struggle, and fear that people are mostly good. People want to help others, even if there is nothing in it for themselves. The most amazing part of this all is that these people, they're not reaching out to the government for help. Instead they are reaching out to their community, they are reaching out to each other. The only comparison of the natural disaster in the midwest and the one in New Orleans is that they are both just that... disasters. Honestly it's a shame that anyone would try to one-up the other in situations like this.

Posted by Megan Shore April 2, 09 05:26 PM

OOOH I am very surprised but this is thing of my god...bless you !

Posted by Giov April 2, 09 05:35 PM

So proud of everyone teaming up and fighting for each other. EVERYONE can learn from this.

Posted by Randall April 2, 09 05:41 PM

These people truely exemplify the spirit of the west and the spirit of America!They eschew the faux assistence from our saving government and helped themselves.

Posted by Frank Pullano April 2, 09 05:42 PM

I served in Viet Nam with a kid from Sioux Falls. I would and did trust him with my life, and he never let any of us down - ever. He was first in line on any work detail, and showed so much courage under fire that he inspired others. Just a good, honest, capable "do-it" person, he was. I have a friend who was raised outside Bismarck. He became my neighbor about 25 years ago when he moved to Idaho. I thought I'd seen country and community folks pulling together here in Idaho, but I was still impressed by the type of guy this fellow was. Always there, lending a hand, no matter what. Never a whimper, just a clear head and lots of muscle - accompanied by a wink and a smile.
I went to Green Bay last November for the first time ever - and was struck by the friendliness and down-home "good neighbor" attitudes of the people I met. This week, I talked to an acquanitance in Minneapolis who had spent a few days and the weekend up in Fargo, filling sandbags. He's got no people there - he just thought it was a good thing to do. I salute the people of the entire northern tier area of the midwest - there are no better folks anywhere, in my estimation - the very backbone of what Americans are all about. Stoic, determined, never-deterred, ready to work, smart, warm-hearted and personable.
I know there are GOOD people everywhere. No doubt. But I firmly believe that there is a much higher percentage of the BEST people concentrated in places like the northern plains states (the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa) - and if you don't think so, get yourself on up to Fargo this weekend and rub elbows with a bunch of them - that'll convince ya!

Posted by Stoddy1 April 2, 09 05:49 PM

In response to #924's comment- I don't know which state is your "home state", but I think it probably wouldn't miss you if you left in a heartbeat... (I thought these comments were being screened by someone before being posted.) Your happiness is your responsibility- hope you can find it in yourself to start working on that project!

Posted by Cindy G. April 2, 09 06:03 PM

Think of the whole picture...Okay, then why do we keep bailing out morons that live were they know it is going to flood every year? How about ignore wanting assistance from the government and use your head....MOVE!!!!

Posted by SA April 2, 09 06:07 PM

I lived in North Dakota for 6 years in the 90's and I can say the people in that State are wonderful, its sad to read some of these posting but as the saying goes some people are cruel. Personally I felt sad for the many people in New Orleans when Katrina hit them so many died and so far they are still having problems getting back to normal my hope is that the people of N.D MN. S.D will have the help they need. all I can say right now " Way To Go People" Keep helping out by filling all those sand bags. " We're Proud To Be A American "

Posted by Elizabeth Thompson April 2, 09 06:28 PM

I don't wish this upon anyone...Our prayers are with all of you..From Cherryvale, KS

Posted by Sheila April 2, 09 06:45 PM

Truly the difference between self reliant people and those of a government run welfare state.

Posted by Craig C. April 2, 09 07:03 PM

Hi just been on your web site wow were so lucky in the UK i live on top a hill no chance of floods. Great photos of real people trining to save their homes GOD BLESS AMERICA hope the floods go down real quick.

Posted by Sam O April 2, 09 07:09 PM

my hart gos out to them hpoe them the best mercnen

Posted by roger shull@ April 2, 09 07:12 PM

Yep, your right people. This is NOT Katrina!!! We are in ND/ MN not LA... North Dakota people are known for their STONG WORK ETHIC and GOOD MORALS. That is why we have a very LOW crime rate and there has been only a few crimes if any due to the flood. Now don't get me wrong. I'm NOT saying LA people are bad people. I got family down there. BUT one thing is for sure...We have GREAT friends and neighbors here!!! We know how to pull it together and help out a friend, neighbor or even a stranger. Even when the crappy, cold ,blizzardy ND weather and FREEZING COLD WATER are standing strong. The people here are GREAT!!! No matter if you are effected by a tornato,flood, hurricane or earthquake, people just need to pull together and help one another. Enough of the bickering!!! PEACE ON EARTH!~

Posted by BBertrand ND April 2, 09 07:16 PM

Thids is what America is all about !. The people that are risking thier lives to volunteer and fill/deliver the sand bagss are doing so under stress but are doing 1 hell of a job. !!

Posted by bob hannah April 2, 09 07:32 PM

Great work everyone. It was hard work but it paid off for a lot of people thank you for
saving my sister Fran who lives just 10 blocks from the flood area. She was worried and packed ready to move but didn't have to. I was born in Devils Lake, ND raised in Brocket,ND Live in Iowa now. Been watching on TV everyday Bles everyone who helped

Posted by Angela Jones April 2, 09 07:52 PM

We're with you, North Dakota !!!!
Familiar scenes from a time in my past 35 years ago. Same spirit. Go Bison!

Posted by Dan Spiegelberg April 2, 09 07:53 PM

924 you are an idiot, use your right of freedom and get the "F" out! ND doesn't want or need you. Go somewhere that they will rob and kill you.....please!

Posted by laughing at 924 April 2, 09 08:09 PM

God bless the people of North Dakota

Posted by Linda April 2, 09 08:19 PM

To all in any area that is flooding at this time my heart goes out to you all (or I should of said to all who are in any situation at this time), and all of you people bashing these poor people I think that is horrible, these people are in a time of need and its not about what disaster is worse, its about right NOW!! Who cares who's disaster is worse thats so immature can't you see all anyone really cares about is helping people in need whether it be the flood, hurricane, tornado, etc. whatever is going on? Come on people what happened to sympathy for those who aren't as fortunate as us?? Can't you see the pictures, this to me is devastating and I hope all of you are safe, and to all helping, you are amazing people, god bless you each and every one of you!!!

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Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 08:29 PM

God Bless You all there in N.D.!!!! I feel Your Pain, as we know what you are feeling as we shared the same trauma here in Florida after the Hurricanes! It is a terrible situation, but you will make it! I can see Your Determination on all your faces. I have been praying for You.......God is with You and working in the scenes also. I am asking Him to Please show You FAVOR and Bless You real good.

Posted by Minnetta Conley April 2, 09 08:33 PM

You can never quite tell what it's all about until you see some brilliant pictures.
True dedication. i find it amazing how the whole community has come together
well done and good luck you guys

Posted by Paul Mountford (Great Britain) April 2, 09 08:38 PM

God Bless each and everyone , My prayers are with all the flood victims , what a way to pull together to help each other out. Only in America.

Posted by carol April 2, 09 08:56 PM

WOW!! First & foremost, I want to thank all the volunteers who came far & wide to help not only Fargo but in my own neighborhood (Rose Creek).
Second, say what you want about ND but we are strong & will never give up on a challange - like FEMA wanted us to do & our mayor told them to go to hell (or at least get out of town).
Third, we had warning ahead of time, just like any hurricane, but I was pulled out of the sandbagging line twice when doing our neighborhood and told to up the dikes by one foot each time. Each time we took a couple of minutes to catch our breath and kept on going. So if you call getting a one minute warning of the rising river ample time time to react, then you're a better person than I am.
Forth, just like in politics, I'm sick and tired of people trying to compare their party (or community) to another & stating how much better one is compared to the other. Just in any disaster, we need to pull together and work to resolve the challanges in front of us (i.e. 9/11, Katrina, Fargo flood, etc.).
Fifth, what kind of person thinks that God is trying to punish any community because of a disaster - I'll tell you, someone who is ignorant & completely intolerate of someone who doesn't agree with their point of view (what a sad existance).
And Just like in many of these comments, get to know your neighbors, say hello to a stranger walking down the street, let someone into traffic, etc.
show some love. Help your fellow man (or woman).

Posted by KK from ND April 2, 09 09:16 PM

My heart goes out to all the Great Americans in this struggle! God bless you!

Posted by Marsh April 2, 09 09:16 PM

Would there be grants/funds available to folks in the flood prone areas to build a wall around their property, the height of the sandbags, or a litle more, It could be a decorative little wall, then when the floods come, the only thing that would need sandbagging would be the gateways!

Posted by D. McMasters April 2, 09 09:23 PM

i'm proud to be part of a hard working community

Posted by vicki April 2, 09 09:25 PM

I have lived in Bismarck ND for most of my 27 years and am very proud of how the community came together for the last couple of weeks (it was no big surprise though). I also am proud of Fargo/Moorhead community and love the people out there too, as had lived there for 3 years while attending college. I have a 2 year old daughter and another one on the way now and have been collecting newspapers from the recent events to show them one day that they are lucky to live in a place where strangers are friends not enemies. What a great state to live in! What great lessons to be learned!

Posted by Jessica April 2, 09 09:37 PM

We are a small river town along the Mississippi River with no levee. Last year we fought to save our town just like you are doing today. Thank God for the people of Fargo ND and surrounding area, you make the world go round. Lagrange Mo will keep you in our prayers and know that you will make it some of you wil come out with more understanding of what hard work and perserverance can give you, Love and Respect for your fellow man.
God Bless you all and Good luck

Posted by karla bradshaw April 2, 09 10:02 PM

I am proud to say that I was born in Fargo in 1928 and lived in Fargo and Moorhead for more than 40 years. Not only did we work together to stall off the flood waters we would leave the porch light on at night when there had been a snow storm and had the coffee on in case someone needed a place to get warm or a place to spend the night. If anyone got stuck in the snow or mud we were ready to help push their vehicle out on the road again. The people haven't changed up there one bit! I love that country and those people!

Posted by Elayne Welch Campbell April 2, 09 10:08 PM

Yes, the people of ND and MN need to be commended for a job well done. They have shown that there is truth in the saying "United We Stand". I am sure that this Spirit was also displayed by the folks in LA, TX and MS during Katrina and their other disasters. Remember, there are always bad apples in every barrel - New Orleans has theirs and ND & MN has their share too. Good ones far outnumber them though.
PLease note that the water of the Red flows northward (out through Hudson's Bay) and before it is gone will have been added to by further meltdown and runoff and possibly endanger the people and property of Grand Forks and Pembina and other towns, farms and hamlets along the way.
Please keep them in your prayers too.

towns and hamlets inbetween

Posted by DJensen April 2, 09 10:14 PM

I live about 180 north of Fargo and what most people outside of this area are unaware of is that here we have not yet thawed from the heavy grip of winter. Lakes and creeks are still covered in ice and snow. Like every spring here, thaws can be slow and controlled, others are like going straight from 30 below to 50 above overnight. Yes I know, why do you live there. Our lake has been flooding since 1995, it has been consuming some of the most productive farm land for the last 12 years, and according to authorities will rise again this year to approximately 5 more feet. Fargo, Grand Forks and Canada are not even close to being out of the woods yet. God be with you all. We will be watching and waiting to help if need be. We know here that should we need you, you will be here for us when it's our turn.

Posted by Peggy April 2, 09 10:16 PM

Back during WW II, the navigator on our B 29 crew flying night missions
over Japan was one Lt Edward J. Kibler from Fargo, ND. (Long ago) Ed
went on to Seatle, Wash where he worked for the 3 M Company with only
one customer, Boeing. Ed died with cancer several years ago , but our crew
always kept in touch. I have always had a feeling for Fargo. Memories !!
Crew 5 A 1, 331st Bomb Gp., 315th Bomb Wing. 20th AAF.

Posted by Harold G. Alford Magnolia, AR April 2, 09 10:22 PM

Beautiful teamwork shown by all can get a job done very well. Congrats to all of you and May God Bless you while you work on repairing your lives and your homes!

Posted by Pat Felkins April 2, 09 10:26 PM

I live on the Red River in Fargo, and I've never been more proud! This is a way of life for us, neighbor helping neighbor, and gearing up for any challenge. While keeping in touch with my family in other states, on March 26, I reported that our dike was strong and finished to 41 feet, with a forecast of a 39-40 foot river crest. Just 2 hours later, the emergency anouncement was made that the new crest prediction was 42 to 43 feet, and we had to build our dkes higher all over the city! The news was almost too much...ALMOST! With shoulders slumping and little sleep bolstering us, we shook off the cobwebs and got BUSY! "Work as if all depends on you and pray as if all depends on God." This is the motto of St. Benedict, and I believe it matches our ND-MN attitude. By the way, crime took a robberies, no violence, no trouble at all. In fact, those living in the county jail were put to work sandbagging! Well done, fellow Fargoans! WHY do we live on the river?? When we built our house, this wasn't a floodplain area. Increased drainage elsewhere has changed that a bit.. Some of the people posting suggest we not live here... Well, the flooding that typically happens is snowmelt, and is no big deal. We have only had to sandbag once in 18 years. THIS year was an epic and unexpected river level. We are all willing to make flood protection a priority, but so far, it hasn't meant tearing down our homes. The flood situation this year will speed up the process of establishing permanent protection for the city.

Posted by Connie April 2, 09 10:29 PM

God Bless you one and all. I am from the midwest and we are the "salt of the earth"

Posted by Jackie April 2, 09 10:29 PM

Dear Northern American neighbors, You have no idea how many of us here in Texas, and across this wonderful land in the USA are praying for you; sending praise to each one of you for your diligence in sharing your hearts, backs, and minds to one another at probably some of the worst days of your lives. Your volunteerism shows the world what neighbors can do for one another ! May God bless you and keep you in His loving arms.

Posted by JAM April 2, 09 10:47 PM

#178 wrote: Why do so many people live in flood plains? Why should US taxpayers cover costs for flooding in the flood plain? How many times will we repeat this story? Time to move out of the flood plain, folks. At one time we did not know better. Now we do. --- GOOD GRIEF! Maybe I should ask, why do so many people live near the East/West Coasts? Aren't there Nor'easters & hurricanes there? Why live in the Southwest desert region? Aren't you risking water shortage? Why do people live in California? Aren't there earthquakes and wildfires? Why live in the mountains? Aren't there avalanches? People live where they make their lives. We are all at risk wherever we are. ALL of us taxpayers pay for the problems people have in an effort to make their lives better. It's called responsibility.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 11:17 PM

I am a North Dakotan in Afghanistan right now as I send this note and I can only say two things, If you have never been to North Dakota: One, we do take care of one another and we don't rely on excuses to help us out in a jam. Even if it is -40 degrees out , we work together when we need to and do our best to help ourselves and our neighbors. Two, we do like the state we live in even though most people don't understand us, and last but not least. Three, although some have forgotten the purpose of our country. GOD BLESS THE USA!!!!!!!

Posted by Concern from Afghanistan, Go ND April 2, 09 11:22 PM

To #913. If you think us North Dakotans always vote REPUBLICAN, therefore shouldn't get any Federal money because of it, by the same reasoning us North Dakotans who vote REPUBLICAN shouldn't have to pay taxes either. If we never get to use any of the money we pay in, why should we pay any money in then?? If the money means that much to you, KEEP IT. We will save our own ass again if need be, and we will do it every year that it needs to be done. We can hold our own and don't need the Federal Govt bailing us out. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!

Posted by Pissed off Fargoan April 2, 09 11:31 PM

My Son lives in N.D. with his family, and I'm proud of all you people that are banding together for the good of your state in it's time of need .. God Bless you all..
L. S.:: Oregonian

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 11:34 PM

Way to go North Dakota congratulations on the good work and good attitude.

Andy Greenlay class of 1970 UND now living in Phuket Thailand

Posted by Andy Greenlay April 2, 09 11:41 PM

Even if the meteorology of North American detracts from its qualifying for "paradise' and even if the flawed character of Americans confirms their non-angelic stature, given the competition on both issues, it's a good land populated by good folks. When we were flattened by hurricanes, people from all over the nation showed up to help us through. One moment we're on our backs, the next working to restore infrastructue and homes, and consequently we're able to enjoy it all with our neighbors. Sure God locked us out of Eden, but he didn't deny us grace.

Posted by Jim Blackburn April 2, 09 11:43 PM

I am so impressed with all of the people that came out to help with the flood fight. It just goes to show there's alot of good people out there, it's just too bad it takes something so drastic to bring it out. We've all gotten so involved in our own lives that we don't take the time anymore to help others out as often as we should. When we all work together for a common cause it creates alot of positive energy, I just wish we could all remember that and try to use it more everyday.

Posted by Anonymous April 2, 09 11:47 PM

Now compare these pictures to the ones taken in New Orleans after Katrina or better yet New Orleans TODAY!

Posted by john April 2, 09 11:50 PM

Living on the mighty Mississippi down in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, I know what you're all going through. We've had many, many floods and it simply amazes me when we are in distress, our fellow Americans seem to find a way to help out. Keep up the good work and God Bless You All!!!!!
Rhonda Stubbe
Prairie du Chien, WI

Posted by Rhonda Stubbe April 2, 09 11:50 PM

Thanks Boston Globe for some great pictures telling the story of the flood on the Red. The success here in holding back the flood required a lot of unselfish help from people many miles around Fargo-Moorhead which included thousands of young students-high school and college age. We also had great leadership from our mayor and help from FEMA and National Guard-Air Guard. Despite all of this great coordinated effort we could have lost the battle- I feel very fortunate and blessed that we appear to have won. It was a great experience to work along side young people with a never- give- up attitude. This gives me confidence about America's future. Thank You for your tireless effort.

Posted by D Flach April 2, 09 11:56 PM

Mother nature has awesome power, reminding us to keep the faith, and respect the earth that provides the necessities for life. We are reminded in these difficult times how interdependant the world population is. May we have the spirit to share what has been provided here on earth.

Posted by weldon April 3, 09 12:29 AM

Great pictures and appreciate the updates! I grew up in ND and am proud of all the hard work everyone is putting forth. That is one thing we all have is great work ethic! Keep it up and stay strong ND!

Posted by Cory April 3, 09 12:51 AM

After reading close to a thousand of these posts, I know that the people of the Red River and surrounding areas are pulling together to protect their homes and businsses, and I wish you all well. If I could come up and help (physically), I would.

But every so often, somebody uses this forum as a way to vent their perceived superiority over the lazy, ignorant, welfare recipients of New Orleans who were sitting on their roofs waiting to get taken care of. That's not the purpose of this forum, so I would suggest that you people shut the ____up. And get your facts right before you start throwing your code words around again.

We got 1.2 MILLION people out of the NOLA metro area via a planned evacuation program in Katrina. (By comparison, Houston people sat on I-10 for as long as 24 hours when Rita hit a week later.) Yes, there were about 100 thousand people that tried to ride it out and made the wrong decision, and you saw them on TV.
But the rest of us filled sandbags (in the outlying areas), boarded up our houses, helped the old lady next door with hers, cleared storm drains, and battened down in preparation for the storm, then we left.

Yes, there was some looting, some TV's and other stuff, but a lot of it was food and water to get through to the next day. When the levees broke on the 3rd day, people were getting ready to come home, and instead we had to go rent trailers and houses for a much longer haul. But nobody got raped (a rumor for which we fired our Chief of Police for spreading), gunfire was totally exaggerated, and violent deaths were very low for a large city. We lost almost 200,000 homes plus thousands of commercial buildings. The city was shut down because we couldn't get power to it, and the pumps that take care of street flooding (our design is used in Holland) couldn't pump the water out of the city.

I don't want to go on and on about this, but some of you guys keep bringing it up. And contrary to what one clown said, nobody from LA brought it up first--we're just defending ourselves. So, hang in there, folks. We're pulling for you in The Big Easy.

Posted by Roger in New Orleans April 3, 09 01:27 AM

I am originally from ND and grew up with people who are hardy, self-sufficient, with a "can do" "must do" attitude. No one waits for someone else to fix the problem or looks for someone to blame. People in your area are to be admired for their team work and community support. That said, I would not be too smug to think that there are not people in NO with the same qualities. Katrina was a devastating disaster that took over a city of thousands of innocent people by surprise. There were heros there too. Unfortunately, there is evil everywhere. We need to be kind to each other, we need God back in our lives.

Posted by Judy April 3, 09 01:39 AM

Make the Congress look at these pictures & read the comments...Let them see what true Americans are made of...People who stand for helping your neighbor, pulling together when times are tough, being selfless..include all ages to help - these are the true measure of Americans. Our government & country were made from our strong ancestors who believed in GOD, The Ten Commandments (where our LAWS came from)..with the Judeo-Christian ethic. THESE ND & MN Americans do NOT wait for help. We ARE the help. Washington needs to listen to the MAJORITY of us, not the "whining" few. Our Hearts & Prayers are w/YOU!

Posted by The Bonnevilles April 3, 09 01:40 AM

I am impressed with the people of ND and MN for their behavior during the flooding this year. It shows that the spirit of this country is not dead and buried under socialism, greed and laziness... Comments like those of # 913 cannot be ignored.. First, People of ND ARE paying for the clean-up.. about $12 miillion so far from State funds... Secondly, are you advocating that Republicans pay their own way and Democrats get to suck federal dollar??? By the way, that federal dollar is MINE and any other tax paying working man/woman...
To further add to comments by Bill Braxton of what he did not see in ND vs NOLA..
I did not see any wefare recipients cussing Government because the new house they got had hardwood floors instead of carpeting and that the large flat screen TV that was also FREE was not big enough!

Posted by Dina April 3, 09 01:56 AM

My heart also goes out to the people of N. Dakota! I live in Washington State and know firsthand the devastation that rising waters can cause and, no, it is not just the midwesterners who pull together when something like this happens! Everyone pitches in to help - including senior citizens who are being threatened by high rising waters. I live on the Green River which has flooded quite often in the past. Our only saving grace is the Hanson Dam but if it goes, we go! Good luck to everyone in N.Dakota who is suffering. I know that donations will pour in from all over the United States when they are needed!!!

Posted by S. Wilton April 3, 09 02:24 AM

I lived in Moorhead,MN. for my first 19 years. It was a geat place to be raised along with my other 8 siblings. When asked where I was from, I am proud to say Moorhead, MN, but if they did not know where that is , I would tell them the biggest city in North Dakota which is Fargo and the majority would know whre that is. I still have a sister and some freinds there. When I saw the pictures of the community pitching together for the betterment of others I felt real proud to think that is where I came from. We now live and enjoy living on a river in the Seattle, Wa. area for the past 50 years..Fellow midwesterns wishing you the the very best, you desearve it.

Posted by Ronald Keller Maple Valley, Wa April 3, 09 02:34 AM

I grew up in ND and have lived in the Seattle area for the last 30 years. Every summer for the last 30 years I have made the trip back to ND. It is God's country!!! The sound of mourning doves cooing in the early mornings are one of my favorite sounds. The fresh air and wide open spaces are beautiful and the people are amazing. No matter what happens, good or bad, whole communities rally together to celebrate or mourn or roll up their sleeves to help. I have alot of cherished friends here in Seattle, but still.... it's nothin' like ND!!!

Posted by JoniB April 3, 09 02:57 AM

I have lived in Red River Valley since 1965. I remember only 3 significant floods. 1979, 1997, 2009. Otherwise, the Red River Valley is a great area to live and raise children. The summers are great and you can grow almost anything here. The people here are friendly, you can say "hi" or glance at someone without being harmed. Yes the winters can be brutal but we cope. The comments that people living in floodplains should relocate are ridiculous. Should people living in California relocate after an earthquake, wild fire, mud slide. Should people living on the coasts relocate after a hurricane. Should the people living in tornado alley relocate after a tornado. After we all relocate, won't we be awfully crowded living together in the few remaining states that have yet to be hit with a disaster. We just grin and bear it, get past it and move on and enjoy life. Leave the people in New Orleans alone, they've been through enough. If you need to complain about something then complain about the men and women we're losing on a regular basis fight for our country. Seems we should be complaining about the budget cuts reducing the number of our our police force, firefighters, military, etc. I'm extremely proud of these men and women who risk their lives for all of us. I'm also proud of people who get out and lend a hand to help their neighbors and communities. Let's stick together America.

Posted by SkylersDad April 3, 09 03:03 AM

May God Bless you all in Minnesota and North Dakota and the surrounding states. I grew up in Fargo-Moorhead area. I have so many loved ones, family of reliatives in the states. I have lived else where for over 25 years. I can tell that my heart is so very proud to have grown up and inheirted so many wonderful memories of what my true heritage is from. God Bless you all and peace and sunshine is already on your faces that are so weary but we know deep down that the Lord is alway with each and one of you. Your true diligence and preserverences has made history in the world. GOD SPEED

Posted by Barb April 3, 09 03:07 AM

This is realy a bad situation!

I am from South Africa.


Posted by Johan Grobler April 3, 09 03:52 AM

Thank God my family is safe! I Know are Aunt Lorriean was watchiching over US. Never ever underer estimate the power of the snow Angel!

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 04:18 AM

1. People in ND, SD and MN are the salt of the earth, they always help each other in times of need.
2. They continue to live next to a river that floods all the time.
3. People in New Orleans live below sea level but the difference is that the folks in the Midwest own their homes and have the strongest work ethic of any part of the country.
4. Folks in the Midwest do not depend on the Government for anything, they depend on themselves and their friends and families.
5. Folks in ND will rebuild regardless is FEMA gives them money and a trailer or not, watch closely America and learn something.

Posted by Rick Chiero April 3, 09 04:36 AM

we all need to get back to GODs basic 's It starts by "Love thy Neighbor and so on "may he have mercy on our souls. and may he holds you all in the palm of his hands.

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 04:38 AM

As I travelled down I-29 yesterday toward Watertown, SD I came upon a convoy of South Dakota National Guard headed south, heading home. They might consider their flood fighting role as "just another day on the job"...I sure don't. We needed our friends from SoDak, & they were there for us. Thank you so much for helping to save my city, my home, Fargo. Neighbor helping Neighbor.

Posted by Dave Hogenson April 3, 09 07:01 AM

My husband is original from Minot, North Dakota (now living in PA) and has often spoke of the flooding there and how everyone pitched in to help do the sand bagging when he was a kid in high school. He still has family there and also in New Rockford. The people there show America what true volunteering and faith really is and how we all need to help each other. God Bless each and everyone of you.

Posted by Pat Emerick April 3, 09 07:39 AM

May God bless all of you in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Two friends and myself from Sauk Rapids helped sand bag for a couple days and we'll be back for the clean-up. I'd love the chance to shake hands again with the people that stepped up.

Posted by Ron VanHeuveln April 3, 09 07:56 AM

Think Katrina

Posted by Jack Meyer April 3, 09 08:33 AM

Great job everyone who helped with the vally flood of 2009

Posted by ricky mccloud April 3, 09 08:35 AM

Quote: #929. "IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT!"
Posted by RUKidding April 2, 09 04:46 PM

Quote: #940. "Think of the whole picture...Okay, then why do we keep bailing out morons that live were they know it is going to flood every year? How about ignore wanting assistance from the government and use your head....MOVE!!!!"
Posted by SA April 2, 09 06:07 PM

Both of you have proved your arrogance and lack of caring in times like these. Congratulations (rolls eyes). Next time try to post something positive or relevant to the story, and not insulting or out-of-topic-comments. If you can't do that, then that's your own sad problem.

We as North Dakotans look out for one another and thousands have shown that over the past two weeks with all the volunteers and aid to spare Fargo from a big tragedy. God Bless all who have helped in this effort. And God Bless America!

Posted by Jeb April 3, 09 08:39 AM

Its great to see the folks from ND and MN pull together and help each other out. i am very proud of my family and friends back home for helping out. Its nice to read good news over here in iraq about home

Posted by deployed soldier April 3, 09 08:56 AM

It is so good to see that Americans come together in chrisis. That is what made this nation so great. As long as we stand together and never forget that our forefathers founded this country by forming a constitution and believing that the whole framework of this nation was founded on the belief of God. It is in Faith, Charity, and Hope that is in the hearts of people that makes us proud to be an

Posted by Harriette Stormfeltz April 3, 09 09:43 AM

#913---Yes we do vote Republican and we will build our own &^%$# dikes and with any luck you will fall off of one!!!!

Posted by MaryA April 3, 09 09:45 AM


Posted by A loving friend April 3, 09 09:46 AM

I have lived in ND the vast majority of my life. My father was in the military so I have been in every state that is connected by highways and I always come back to ND because of the type of people that are here. To the guy that said that we should pay for our own dikes...we would without complaint if it came down to that. To compare the Katrina thing to the red River thing, people in ND watched the news and acted ahead of time...we didnt sit around and wait for someone to tell us it was time to get to work. When the waters rose, we were already doing things to prepare. As far as having the National Guard and Red Cross, please notice that they came in after the effort was already going. Not ONE person in this area has pointed a finger at ANYONE, unlike NO. To the person that is "surprised" that there is not murder and looting, those kind of people dont last long around here since they tend to stand out and the people here care about their neighbors. Again, if there was looting...someone here would do something to stop it!! You want to see a better way of life, come to the midwest and see what it is like. People work hard everyday, through thick and thin and we all help our neighbors. If you are on the road in most large costal states and your car breaks stranded and no one will stop to help. Around here, people will stop, give youa ride or even tow your vehicle, let you in their homes, feed you and make sure that your taken care of. Tell me of somewhere else that will happen?!
I live currently ina small town, about 300 people, and we are isolated right now. The roads in and out of town are under 2ft of we are holding pot luck dinners, checking on our neighbors, and doing what we can to keep everything going without complaint and without a second thought.

Posted by Kevin April 3, 09 09:47 AM

No Big deal! All the folks did was Cowboy Up. To #913 I hope we do pay for it ourselves, as North Dakota has the money!

Posted by Ross April 3, 09 09:58 AM

I live about 50 minutes from the flooded area.
Here's an example of the attitude shown by some of the college student volunteers: My son and another college buddy of his (they attend Concordia College in Moorhead) were assigned to sand bag at the home of an elderly couple last week and when they got there it was just the two of them and the home only had one layer of sand bags around it. A load of sandbags was dropped off and not waiting for more help they started in. Soon a bus load of high school kids from a town three hours away in MN were brought to the site to help. My son said at the other sites he'd helped with there was someone who would organize the volunteers and supervise the sandbagging, but nobody came to do it at this site, so he and his buddy stepped up and ran the show. When I praised him for this he shrugged it off as "no big deal" and excitedly went on to tell me about the elderly ladies gathered in the kitchen of this home that cooked and baked all day to feed the volunteers with pork barbeque, baked goods, sloppy joes, and "the best homemade tomato soup that the ladies poured into cups so we could drink it down. You could just feel the warmth spread through your body."
Another comment he made as we were watching the area news that showed a Red Cross truck pulling up and a guy distribuing bag lunches was, "Oh, we (college students) LOVED seeing the Red Cross truck pull up when we were sandbagging!" Just feed them and they will work!
He also talked about the fun they had at the Fargo Dome filling sand bags and meeting people from all over who came to help.
When his college closed due to the flodding, I went to help him pack up and as I walked onto his dorm floor, the halls were lined with muddy boots, jeans, and jackets and guys excitedly telling their sandbagging stories and sharing treats with me that some homeowners had given them. I didn't hear one complaint and I think there was some powerful learning that went on outside the ivy covered walls of the colleges in Fargo-Moorhead over the last 2 weeks.
Yes, it has been a terrible disaster and there is a lot of work left to do, but many people are already comment ing about the positive things, such as getting to know their neighbors and the blessings of working together for good, that are coming out of this situation. ATTITUDE is everything.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for everyone in the flooded areas, it means so much.

Posted by JoAnn Bowman April 3, 09 10:08 AM

Having grown up in the Midwest, I recognize and admire the heroism of small-town folks with frontier skills who take action during emergencies. But having lived in NYC for 30 years, it strikes me that there are no African-American or immigrant faces among these Dakotans. Suppose you grew up in ND and then moved to Vietnam or Ethiopia or Saudi Arabia. What good would your "pioneer" skills be then? You really can't compare the NDs with the Katrina victims, most of whom were urban, poor, ill-educated and unskilled. Read Obama's book, "Dreams from my Father", about his experiences in Indonesia.

I think America is such a big country that many of us can't imagine what it's like being an immigrant. We are too self-satisfied to recognize the contributions and problems of newcomers. Heartwarming as these photos and stories of the Red River flood are, they contribute to our complacency and self-pride. If you sent a contingent of Ecuadorian immigrants to ND they'd pitch right in and fill sandbags. Too bad they haven't been welcomed there.

Posted by Sharon Moore April 3, 09 10:18 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!!! It is heartwarming to see a community come together the way you all have. It really makes you stop and give thanks for everything you have when you see something like this happen. We are thinking of you all and the wonderful example you have shown everyone by coming together and saving each other.

Posted by Melissa Kowal April 3, 09 10:21 AM

Answer to 913...Voting is over, we are to pull together as a nation not point fingers at voting records. Shame shame. Bless everyone working and helping out.What a tremendous group of individuals working together neighbor helping newghbor. The golden rule at its finest. God bless you all,

Posted by Jan April 3, 09 10:23 AM

I am sending are best of wishes and praying for all of you and your familes. Your town has pulled together in bad times. Have faith in god and each other; and my family will keep all of you in prays Doc Ruth ,josh,brian the hodge family

Posted by doc hodge April 3, 09 10:31 AM

I see the spirit of America at work. Men, women and children showing the true meaning of "Love thy neighbor." I pray that God will assist His brave and generous children with their enormous task.

Posted by Robert L. King Lt. Col. USAF ret April 3, 09 10:37 AM

I was part of the Flood of '97 in Grand Forks. I now live in Manchester NH. I see the sweat and tears of the towns people of Fargo and I know by experience that they have big hearts and small fears. In '97 we didn't wait for anybody to come help or save us, we pulled together helped each other. People have to understand that nothing gets done if you wait for the Government. New Orleans was a perfect example of that. I understand it was a larger scale in terms of flooding, but there was a lot of finger pointing at FEMA for not responding quick enough. If anyone has chance to visit North Dakota, stop by Grand Forks or Fargo they'll welcome anybody as long as your freindly.

Posted by Angel April 3, 09 10:42 AM

The movie FARGO is such a terrible misrepresentation of the people of Fargo-Moorhead. These pics show the true people of this area.
Well done residents of Fargo-Moorhead and other communities along the Red River and its tributaries in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Manitobans have watched your successful effort at flood fighting and will hopefully match it in the coming weeks.

Posted by Chuck Whalen April 3, 09 10:49 AM

Good strong stock of Americans is what we see in these pictures. Wonderful young people working together to preserve others properties. We are so proud of all of you, and our Canadian family to the North. We're all watching and praying for you here in Central Arizona. Stay strong, stay together, you will overcome .

Posted by Philip Vogel April 3, 09 10:50 AM

Comment 953 is attempting to be racist and should be removed.

Comment 985 states "Our government & country were made from our strong ancestors who believed in GOD, The Ten Commandments (where our LAWS came from)..with the Judeo-Christian ethic." And that just isn't true. They mayhave believed in God but they tried their best to keep God out of the government and all it's processes.

"Dr. Rush told me (he had it from Asa Green) that when the clergy addressed General Washington, on his departure from the government, it was observed in their consultation that he had never, on any occasion, said a word to the public which showed a belief in the Christian religion, and they thought they should so pen their address as to force him at length to disclose publicly whether he was a Christian or not. However, he observed, the old fox was too cunning for them. He answered every article of their address particularly, except that, which he passed over without notice."
-- Thomas Jefferson, quoted from Jefferson's Works Vol. iv., p. 572. (Asa Green "was probably the Reverend Ashbel Green, who was chaplain to congress during Washington's administration." -- Farrell Till in "The Christian Nation Myth.")

Posted by Seanfen April 3, 09 10:51 AM

Many folks may not realize there are other communites in MN/ND affected by the Red River. Communities that flooded before Moorhead and Fargo, sent volunteers to Moorhead and Fargo to help them after the threat was lessoned in their own small communities. In Breckenridge Mn, we recieved help from so many wonderful people, not just our own but from surrounding communities. One bus load of students had to pay $5.00 to their school for transportation to Breckenridge. There are so many stories, and it goes way beyond democrat OR republican it is the "AMERICAN SPIRIT".

Posted by Brenda April 3, 09 11:03 AM

this is in response to comment had better check and see how much tax money comes out of North Dakota before you tell them to "pay for their own damn dyke". Check on the amount of taxes paid on the oil and gas that is produced in the state. States like ND and MT, where there are few people and lots of natural resources, give up a huge percentage of their riches in taxes, but because we are sparsely populated we get back very little in comparison. We vote for less government because we'd just like to keep what's ours, rather than have it yanked away and distributed to people like you. God Bless North Dakota.

Posted by Cindy Atkins April 3, 09 11:05 AM

My Heart goes out to all the wonderful and brave people who have battled this terrible flooding and snow storms they are handeling it great and never give up on your dreams

Posted by scott scholtisek April 3, 09 11:14 AM

Wish I could be up there to help out.

Posted by chad highland April 3, 09 11:24 AM

I was born & raised in ND too, and I think when you come from "cold country" you are more reliant on each other and everyone tends to know their neighbor and are always ready to help out because you will likely need help sometime too. Everyone needs to remember one thing, the "press" controls this country-they can either make you look bad or good depending on what they report and the pictures they print. We all need to be aware because today even pictures can be changed.
Keep up the good work and stay on the presses good side.

Posted by JDee April 3, 09 11:44 AM

To #1009; The photos you see are dictated by the press. There were people sandbagging from every continent and many countries. What makes you think Equadorians would not be welcomed to North Dakota? I am afraid 30 years of NYC have warped your view of reality.

Posted by Ross April 3, 09 12:00 PM

I have been to BOTH the Minnesota-Dekota areas AND the south. In Minnesota I was walking alone and a nice couple pulled over and offered me a ride. While talking, they offere to take me to there house for dinner, and then took me the rest of the way to my destanation, about another half hour down the road.
In the south, I made it a point to give to the homeless, to tip the maximum amount, and even tip when not normally customary. Like the person at the check out counter of the grocery store. I felt it was a good thing to do....However, while I was walking alone, next to my Hotel , I got knocked down, and had my wallet taken. My ID, my cash, my favorite pictures of loved ones. I'll go back to Minnesota ANYDAY!

replacing those pictures.
It's sad, but true. In 20 years or so, I might try going Down South again.... But I will be in Minnesota later this year and many more times to come.....

Posted by Tom April 3, 09 12:10 PM

Very proud to be from ND!!! The greatest thing that could come out of this, is for people EVERYWHERE, to be a little kinder, caring, sharing, pitching in, coming together and helping one matter what the circumstance!!! Way to go ND!!!!

Posted by Kathy Eggen from Sitka Alaska April 3, 09 12:22 PM

Im proud to say that I helped the whap/breck and Fargo area 2 days in a row. It was an overwhelming expierence that will never be forgotten as I am only 16 years old. It was hard work but every one was so thankful and everyone working together was like family. It's something that will never be forgotten.

Posted by Jacqueline Haarstad April 3, 09 12:45 PM

Number *913 your a JERK, more government is ruining this country!! Listen to what the Socialist countries are telling us dont go down the same path we have, it doesnt work!! The people of North Dakota (Fargo/Moorhead) are smart people!! They join together in crisis! They dont wait on BIG GOVRNMENT to bail them out! They are survivalists!!

Posted by Becky April 3, 09 12:52 PM

These communities in the Red River Valley should be extremely PROUD! After 1997 the severe flooding in the Red River Valley was suposedly not to happen again for a long time. The surrounding area pulled together and held back the river to stop property damage in the hundreds of millions from occuring. A communtiy working together saved homes and businesses alike. The huge savings for the insurance industy due to peoples hard work should open some eyes and reduce the area insurance rates. The Red River Valley communities are living through a second flood of a lifetime in only ten years. Still we keep helping each other and stay strong. THANK YOU!! to each and every one of you for your hard work on the flood prevention and the clean-up to come.

Posted by A J Kramer April 3, 09 12:57 PM

To Sharon Moore,#1009,Just so you know, Fargo-Moorehead is full of immigrants and minorities.If you don't see them filling sandbags,do you want to maybe take a guess why??? To#1008 Joanne Bowman, It was refreshing to read the story you told.It was like you didn't use the word "PROUD" not once,and still the feeling of being "BLEST" to be part of such a great community shone through...Sometimes that word "PROUD" when used too often,can come across to others as arrogant or a feeling of superiority.I think the words, I feel, "BLEST" to be from N.Dak. or Minnesota would probably be better recieved. So yall have a BLEST DAY NOW!!!

Posted by Blest In South Carolina... April 3, 09 01:04 PM

I lived through a flood in Kansas City in 1951 and feel for all of those folks. God bless you and keep up the good work.

Posted by Mary Dark April 3, 09 01:18 PM

TO #1009 and #1029 for once I would like to NOT have a minority or majority issue. It has nothing to do with race, color or creed. When a disaster hits anywhere no matter what "stature" you are we need you. I used to live in Fargo and being a woman of color I would have been knee deep in sand bangs too.

The only thing I don't agree with is comparing it to Katrina. No way, no how is this the same. Not taking anything away from ND but New Orleans' situation was not comparable to this one. I'm glad everyone is safe, and hopefully getting back to "normal" good for you ND! :)

Posted by Nicole April 3, 09 01:27 PM

Just to set the fact straight, the Federal Government takes all responsibility for flood control--dikes, levees, and such. It's been this way since the Mississippi River Floods of 1927, which killed thousands of people in a number of states.

If I'm not mistaken, the new flood control construction that took place in Grand Forks and is protecting them now is a result of the flooding on the Red River some years back. That was paid for by Federal funds, because the Feds assume that responsibility. And I read something yesterday about the mayor of Moorhead or Fargo or another town along the Red saying that they would have gotten $800 million from the Feds if the flood would have occurred, but since it didn't they will only get $400 million. Forgive me if the details are not completely accurate, but I'm going from memory.

So the debate is moot about who is going to pay for dikes after this is over. This doesn't take anything away from the folks who are so proud of the way the people from North & South Dakota and western Minnesota are stepping up, but you guys are going to take Fed money just like the rest of us. There's no choice in the matter, because the Federal Government is in charge of flood control--for the last 82 years.

Posted by Roger in New Orleans April 3, 09 01:38 PM

To Ben #913... Really? Really Ben? Here's what you said, and I quote,
"most of the people there ALWAYS vote Republican and are often talking about less government or no government."
You then ended with saying the people of ND should pay for and build their own "damn dikes" Really? Ben, really?
First of all, Ben, where are you from? Do you know anything about ND? I live 60 miles North of Fargo, so I'm guessing I know quite a bit more than you do about ND. I would like to know where you get your information... You're saying "most" people in ND "always" vote Republican - why do you say this...because of the electoral vote in the last election? Please keep in mind the "winner take all" approach to electoral votes...Also keep in mind that we live in AMERICA - not Republican-land or Democrat-land - it's AMERICA. The UNITED STATES of AMERICA -
So try to think next time before you mouth off about good people. People came from miles around to help with the sandbagging efforts in Fargo and surrounding communities - many that weren't affected at all by the flooding but wanted to lend a helping hand. I can guarantee you that North Dakotan's are NOT the type of people to complain when life gets us down - we are hard working, honest, and we know the true meaning of brotherhood. As does MOST of the rest of the country when life gets them down...

Posted by Susie April 3, 09 01:38 PM

To those saying we shouldn't live here becuase it floods, you need to take this into consideration. Technically, the Red River Valley is less than a half mile wide almost everywhere. What is commonly referred to as the Red River Valley is actually the extremely flat bed of Glacial Lake Agassiz, one of the flattest places on earth. This means that people can experience severe floods without being on the river. It's not something you can just move away from and still be in the area. Why do we live here? So that you can eat. This is the most fertile farmland in the world. I have never seen the bottom of the top soil. It is many many feet of solid black earth. We are here because we are the farmers and the decendants of farmers who work this land, a very important task. A few places have been called the bread basket of the world, but this area truly is. So if you want to complain about people living here, don't talk with your mouth full!

Posted by Darren April 3, 09 01:44 PM

For all the negative comments posted- shame on you- If you only knew first hand what it looks like and how you feel to actualy see your home or the homes of loved ones vanish right before your eyes!!!!!! Take a full glass of water and pour it on your furniture, how do you feel. Take your blow up pool and slice a hole in it, how do you feel. Take a garden hose and rest it on your basement stairs, turn it on full blast and let it run for one hour, how do you feel. For those mean spirited people try getting on your knees and pray for those you can not help.

Posted by Michael Bielicki April 3, 09 01:55 PM

I was raised in Valley City, North Dakota (60 miles west of Fargo, pop. 7,000). When our river flooded in about 1980, (I would have been 14) my family helped build sandbag walls and then delivered brown-bag lunches to feed volunteers around the city for the Red Cross. Our parents taught us the value of helping others, and there is still nothing more fulfilling. When you are part of a community up there, it's just what you do. When someone needs help, you help them. If the community is in trouble, you stop what you are doing and you pitch in. No heroics, no greed, no looting or opportunism. You help people when they need it, and they are there to help you when you need it. This works because people take the time to know their neighbors, know their kids' schools and teachers, and get involved and take ownership of their communities. So when something goes wrong they have a personal stake in making it right.

Now I live in San Francisco, and I saw the same type of thing out here after the 1989 earthquake. We saw it again in New York after 9-11 with gruff New Yorkers smiling and helping each other because their town, their home had been attacked and they wanted to make it right. People everywhere want community and connection, and to help and be helped. No one truly wants to go through crisis alone. And if you take the time to make yourself a part of your community when times are good, you won't be alone when crisis strikes.

When things are going well we tend to forget about the power and importance of community. The goal should be to keep that spirit alive on a daily basis. That's why when you walk down a street in North Dakota complete strangers will smile and say hello. It's their town, and they want it to be friendly, so they make it that way. It's not an accident. Way to go, Nodak! I'm proud of you, and wish I could be there to live this adventure with you all over again. You will make it, and spring will come! :)

Posted by Erik Westby April 3, 09 01:55 PM

I lived in Adams ND for a while and saw the way the people there pull together. We had a blizzard which froze the water in town and a small cafe put up many travelers and kept them fed and warm.

Way to go.

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 01:57 PM

"The happiest people DO not have the best of everything, they MAKE the best of everything". The midwest exemplifies this motto.

In ND, MN & SD you might refer to somene who lives 30 to 50 miles away as your neighbor, other states have found that to be funny. However, today we laugh with tears of joy for these great neighbors.

I am so glad when I now say I live near Fargo, ND. The movie will not be the only thing that comes to mind. Job well done to all!!!

Posted by Sheri4MS April 3, 09 02:31 PM

#1009 Sharone Moore: "Heartwarming as these photos and stories of the Red River flood are, they contribute to our complacency and self-pride. If you sent a contingent of Ecuadorian immigrants to ND they'd pitch right in and fill sandbags. Too bad they haven't been welcomed there." # # # Shut up Sharon, quit putting these extraordinary people down in order to satisfy your bankrupt ideology of cultural relativism. If Ecuadorans were the same as these people then Ecuador wouldn't be a Third World backward country that nobody wants to live in. ND has a right to their "self-pride."

Posted by Mary J April 3, 09 02:45 PM

In response to #1009. Why don't you read Obama Nation as well. The you will see the truth behind his lies. I have lived in Minnesota all of my life and the people here are wonderful and are always willing to help. Thanks everybody for all of you help during the floods. This is what we do the best.

Posted by It's Friday April 3, 09 02:49 PM

Mr. Walaker, mayor of Fargo, certainly understands his people. He said the
entire city would have flooded if all of Fargo had been evacuated. So many residents banded together to save their neighborhoods.
Perhaps the federal government will see now that it is FINALLY time to fund an improved levee system for Fargo/Moorhead to prevent future flood disasters. These midwesterners deserve a reward!

Posted by Linda Bowie April 3, 09 03:01 PM

God Bless, the hero's of North Dakota who helped in any way.

Posted by Robert A. Ferkle April 3, 09 03:02 PM

Hey #940 Are you blind?
Look at the pictures again... Do you see any holding their hands out for anything other than a sandbag being tossed to them?

Posted by Kristy April 3, 09 03:05 PM

To 940

Why would they want to move?
They might end up living next to someone like you!

Posted by Kristy April 3, 09 03:07 PM

I have a dear friend who lives in her hometown in ND now that she is retired. I've spent a couple of summers up there ( I live in VA ) and can honestly say that the people all over North Dakota...not just in the Red River valley...are the calmest and most self-reliant people I have ever encountered. They take in a situation, decide what needs to be done and then do it. No muss-no fuss. They don't whine or feel sorry for themselves and I'm not sure the words 'what if' are allowed across the state line. The state motto should be, "It is what it is.".

Posted by Mary April 3, 09 03:11 PM

I see my uncle on pic 1& 4

Posted by MAX April 3, 09 03:15 PM

Your wrong #1009!! Sounds to me like your jealous of the true values and the wonderful people that come out of North Dakota. Evidentally things didnt go your way when you lived in the Midwest?? My husband went to work for Boeing out of college and grew up in North Dakota, my dad who also worked out at Boeing was asked by a VERY high up MNGMNT person do you know any more individuals out of North Dakota looking for a job?? This is a compliment to the people from North Dakota they are born and raised with some of the best values and work ethics you can ever find!! They will help anyone in need!! SHAME ON YOU # 1009!!

Posted by Rebecca April 3, 09 03:27 PM

You are all in my prayers everyday. God Bless!

Posted by Marijo Hain-Anoka, MN. April 3, 09 03:29 PM

I live in Moorhead, about 8 blocks from the Red River, and I am so extremely proud of my community!! (Including my 2 kids, who both helped sandbag in neighborhoods that were flooding - my 16yo daughter spent at least 40 hours sandbagging, along with her 3 best friends! And my 12yo son spent time sandbagging as well. I could not be more proud of my kiddos!)
All the local high-schools and colleges (we have 2 universities, a private Lutheran college, and a technical college) canceled classes so the students could help with the flood fight. If not for the truly heroic efforts of all of these young people, we would have lost the fight. Everyone in my community is extremely thankful for the help of ALL of them! People who could not sandbag helped out in other ways - like bringing food, shovels, and many other things to the ones that were sandbagging. Almost EVERYONE jumped in and helped in whatever way they could. When I went to bring some groceries to one of the sandbagging stations, people were POURING in with food and beverages - I was so proud I had hard time not crying!
I cannot imagine any community, anywhere, that would be a better example of people pulling together and helping their neighbors - and that is what made the difference between a comparatively "minor" flood (it was not 'minor' but it caused much less damage than it would have without all of their help) and what could have been catastrophic flooding throughout our entire cities.
For the people who have said "why don't they move?" - it is because this was not a 'typical' flood around here. Normally this is one of the safest places on earth to live. Very low crime rates, high values and work ethic, and fabulous, caring people, make this one of the best places to live, and raise a family. And because if we all left, there would be no one here to raise the crops and livestock that the rest of the country depends on. If we should move, then what about people who live in earthquake zones? Hurricane-prone areas? Tornado-prone areas in the central part of the country? Crime-ridden areas where you can get shot just walking outside your door? There is no place on earth that is immune to disasters – natural or man-made. (But just FYI, most of the areas that are *most* flood-prone around here HAVE been bought out and people not allowed to build there again - we are not stupid - we just love our home and all the wonderful people who live in our community!)

Posted by Resident of Moorhead, MN April 3, 09 03:32 PM

Not so many similarities with New Orleans really - both huge disasters but not much they could do except evacuate - I'm sure if sandbags could have prevented hurricane force winds and the damns collapsing they would have done just as much as you guys have. Also mainly the poorer neighborhoods were flooded, and the national guard was not near as helpful to them as they were to you, presumably because they learned some valuable lessons back then! Your situation sucks just as bad, don't get me wrong, and I truly sympathize with what you are having to endure,, looks pretty miserable, God bless you all.... I just disagree that the people of NO didn't care about each other or didn't try their best to pull together. Best of luck, hope your house and family are safe.

Posted by rr April 3, 09 03:38 PM

North Dakota people are the best. God bless all of you.

Posted by Jim Batty April 3, 09 03:46 PM

Our thought's and prayer's are with you God Bless you all
Great job

Posted by Dick & Vi Roush April 3, 09 03:47 PM

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! Even the critics!! Even the Athiests!! Even the rich!! Even the Poor!! Even the Democrats!! Even the Republicans!! Even the weak!! Even the strong!! Even, Even, Even, Even sounds like equal, so GOD BLESS US ALL EQUALLY!!! Great job in ND, MN, SD.

Posted by ex nodak, current minny. April 3, 09 03:53 PM

I was a student for a short time at Sacred Heart Academy in 1946 during the Polio
scare. I loved Fargo, it was a beautiful little city. My parents are buried at a cemetery North of Fargo. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Marilyn Abel April 3, 09 04:04 PM

Really #1050 I have to disagree!! The people of North Dakota did not stab, shoot, kill, rob and rape one another. They did not wait on Government to rescue them. They took the matter into their own hands and started working together. The National Guard was not there for the people of North Dakota right away. The Gov of Fargo worked very hard on down to the people to save the city and other areas. These people dont stand around doing nothing and wait for a hand out,they all had been working hard together before the Government stepped in. God bless the people of ND and Minnesota, your doing a great job!!

Posted by Lexi April 3, 09 04:05 PM


Posted by GENE PEROT April 3, 09 04:15 PM

Wow, what amazing photos! I am a resident in Minot, ND in the north central part of the state. As of this week, our county was also delared in a state of flood emergency. The flooding is not expecting to be as overwhelming as in Red River Valley but flooding will occur. Our communities have been sandbagging since Wednesday to PREPARE to save whatever needs to be saved. People of all ages, races, working classes and different towns are banding together. It is what we do to help our neighbors in this state.
My fellow North Dakotans, please do not continue to respond to the negativity that people may be saying on this site. Please reserve your energy for those who appreciate it and need your prayers. I appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers from all over the world that have been said on here. Keep praying for us.

The only comment I am going to make is one that my great grandmother used to say when asked why in the world she would live in such a God forsaken cold state. She would always smile and look at our family and say "The people are wonderful, and the cold keeps the riff-raff out". Stay tough ND!

Posted by Robyn in Minot April 3, 09 04:42 PM

I too am proud of Fargoans. But when I received this email, the reference to comparing these citizens to the citizens of New Orleans not helping themselves does not take into account a huge difference in hurricanes and slowly rising floodwaters. Further, the dikes broke in Orleans, and if they would have broken in ND, where I am am told that 80k of 90k residents did not evacuate, you would have had a worse disaster than New Orleans in terms of human loss of life and injuries.

Apples to apples, oranges to oranges.

Posted by B Adams April 3, 09 04:48 PM

Hey, Lexi (#1055): Your post is typical of the uninformed, mean-spirited junk that nasty little people have been throwing around on this forum on occasion, and which I have posted about, providing FACTS, not generalizations from a few TV images. Check posts #561,564,632, and 983.

We did NOT "stand around doing nothing and wait for a handout," and we worked our butts off for the short notice that we were in the high risk zone for landfall. You should be ashamed of yourself, because you're revealing a nasty character.

Posted by Roger in New Orleans April 3, 09 04:54 PM

By the grace of God we midwesterners are the epitomy of solid Americans. It is so heart warming to see all these people and volunteers working together in this time of crisis. It is amazing the difference in response and behavior from one coast of this country to the other. God Bless you all. You are in my prayers.

Posted by Tamra Oliver April 3, 09 05:03 PM

Be careful everyone!! and may the LORD be with you.

Posted by Alex Stiler April 3, 09 05:23 PM

We just got terrible news. (I'm #1049, posting above). We thought our 2nd crest (expected in mid-April) was going to be a good amount lower than the first one... we just got word from the National Weather Service that the 2nd one could be over 41 feet, and could potentially be WORSE than the 1st! And sandbag dikes that have been holding water back for over a week already are just not as strong as they were when built.

Please continue to pray for the people in our area. This is not the news we wanted to hear...

Posted by Moorhead, MN resident April 3, 09 05:25 PM

God bless each and every one of you. Could be any of us. Takes this to bring out the good of people, I suppose. You sure met the challenge and overcame!!!

Posted by Dot April 3, 09 05:40 PM

North Dakota / Minnesota, you once again proven that you are the finest folks on earth! I wonder if people understand that you actually opened up your homes to strangers and flood victims - so much so that the shelters didn't have an arena full of people to care for. No where in the world does that happen anymore....but it does there! Be proud of yourselves! The world was watching and you showed your true color....and it was gold. God bless you all!

Posted by JK April 3, 09 05:46 PM

To #1009, Sharon Moore. You nailed it, unfortunately. That's been made abundantly clear by the bigotry and inanity your thoughtful statements prompted. This is not a state that takes too well to self-examination. Hence the myths they hold on to so tightly here in North Dakota. We, and many, many others, have experienced exactly what you speak of, but I didn't plan to state anything about that, until I read your comment and the abusive replies to it. I've often heard a quote, "North Dakota Friendliness is a mile wide and an eighth of an inch deep".
Thank you for your thoughtfulness, though. Many others, besides myself, I am sure, appreciate it. We have simply learned not to speak up. You will not be heard, here, and most likely you will be actively shunned. It's not worth it.
Thank You.

Posted by Anonymous in Western NoDak April 3, 09 06:16 PM

Wonderful job guy's! Can't beat the can do attitude.

Now just think what could be done if everyone in this
country were to put one sandbag each around the
Pentagon. What a message that would send!

Posted by John April 3, 09 06:17 PM

This guy says it all. You all should be proud!
I agree with all the postive things he said.
Thank you Bill for this post.
37.Just a personal I watched the news coverage of the
massive flooding in the Midwest with the levee's about to break in Fargo, ND, what amazed me is not what we saw, but what we didn't see...

1. We don't see looting.
2. We don't see street violence.
3. We don't see people sitting on their rooftops waiting for the
government to come and save them.
4. We don't see people waiting on the government to do anything.
5. We don't see Hollywood organizing benefits to raise money for
people to rebuild.
6. We don't see people blaming President Obama. (Except for Don Marchant, post #30)
7. We don't see people ignoring evacuation orders.
8. We don't see people blaming a government conspiracy to blow up
the levees as the reason some have not held.
9. We don't see the US Senators or the Governor of North Dakota crying on TV.
10. We don't see the Mayors of any of these cities complaining about
the lack of state or federal response.
11. We don't see or hear reports of the police going around
confiscating personal firearms so only the criminal will be armed.
12. We don't see gangs of people going around and randomly shooting
at the rescue workers.
13. You don't see some leaders in this country blaming the bad
behavior of the North Dakota flood victims on "society" (of course there is
no wide spread reports of lawlessness to require excuses).
Bill Baxten March 27, 09 01:56 PM

Posted by Bill Baxten March 27, 09 01:56 PM

Posted by J Otterson April 3, 09 07:03 PM

God Bless all of you flood victims. It was absolutely heartwarming to see how a community rallied together to keep each other safe. Great Job!!! And to the children volunteers, you are the future and if these pictures of unity, compassion and love are any indication of what is to come we can all rest a little easier tonight. What a beautiful sight of people amongst such challenging times.
Reach out a hand to someone today.
Peace Be the Journey

Posted by Tammi Rhyner-Zimmerman April 3, 09 07:08 PM

From draught stricken West Texas I know my family is praying for everyone there. Look up American in Websters and this is the definition. Politically we may be seperated in the USA , but this just proves we CAN all work together. Maybe you could talk Bama and Michelle in coming to help. God Bless You ALL !!!!!

Posted by Phil Covington April 3, 09 07:13 PM

omg how terrible!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous April 3, 09 07:14 PM

We know how to help our neighbors when in need. That is what is country is based on. Keep up the good work and stay safe.

Posted by Amy April 3, 09 07:15 PM

Its great to be from ND/Mn when they all pitch in to get the job done and it was done well! We've encountered numerous blizzards/ power outages and we never rec'd a check from FEMA we sucked it up and took care of what needed to get done! I also want to address a few areas that had houses and thought it was better to take picutures of all ages protecting their property instead of offering a "helping hand"! Our son is in the National Guard and they have been working double shifts to protect "everyone" and they are on their way north to help out Grand Forks and the surrounding area. We are proud of everyone who put their own lives on hold to help!

Posted by Elaine April 3, 09 07:19 PM

Hey #1059 Your WRONG!! My brother lived down there during that terrible crisis! He was never so happy to get out of there. What #1055 wrote was absolutely right from the stories that came from my brother. So watch who you point the finger at, and yes North Dakota is still full of the real meaning of good family values, good work ethics and much much more, They are a very friendly state and welcome anyone into it, the people that have wrote negative comments are so jealous of this state and what they have to offer. Well done ND and Mn GOD BLESS you all!

Posted by Robert April 3, 09 07:22 PM

Wow #1059 I lived where Katrina hit and yes #1055 is right I saw this first hand! I was never so happy to move back to North Dakota. #1059 your wrong in your comment!! Who do you think has more crime? Who do you think gives out more in social service handouts?? Its not North Dakota. They are much more worried about helping one another out and saving what they can they are VERY hard working people with BIG hearts and yes they do welcome people into their state.

Posted by Richard April 3, 09 07:39 PM

Our bowling team played in the National Tournament many years ago in Bismark. The people were so friendly to us, and the restaurants fantastic,
but the History Museum could give lessons to the Smithsonian. I was very
impressed. My heart goes out to you brave, hardworking, intelligent people.
May God bless each and every one of you.

Posted by Terry Preston April 3, 09 08:07 PM

It is very sad that some folks use a tragedy such as this to offer up a polital or racist rant. Unless you were a citizen of NO at the time of the hurricane, living in the ninth ward, I suggest you shut your piehole.

Posted by kay solo April 3, 09 08:38 PM

Well said #1067

Posted by Jane from MN April 3, 09 08:41 PM

I suggest that all the fine upstanding Christian people take another look at comments #1009 and 1050. Congratulations to the people of N.D. on their co-operation in the face of this disaster, but having a few feet of water in your upscale homes is nothing compared to having your homes washed away or submerge in 8 to 12 feet of dirty water, in the heat of summer, with no toilets or drinking water, and with mold soon setting in. Also, where were all the "GenPaks" that were supposed to be available to the hospitals in Nola? Sorry, but in my opinion, there is no real comparison between these two disasters unless you wear the narrow blinders that are all too often found on the self rightous.

Posted by Hersfelder April 3, 09 08:42 PM

We truly feel for the people of the north. For as their muscles ache from hauling sandbags and their hearts cry for what they may lose, they have gained more than We know. They have gained true heart, compassion, courage ,strength, and integrity from what they have gone through. They are miles ahead of the rest of us that sit on our chairs and flip the channels or search the web. They are in a REAL world with REAL consequences and the sweat and tears are there to show it. We pray for all of you. The human spirit lives and breathes there in Fargo.

Posted by Kate and Tim April 3, 09 08:49 PM

The folks of ND are heroes, but back in my day, our social studies courses taught us that flooding rivers were the source of the fertility of river valleys. Old time floods were likely what made the Red River Valley such a good place to live and farm. Is nature wrong?

Posted by K. Potter (Canada) April 3, 09 09:08 PM

Well said #1067. Every bit is true!

Posted by James April 3, 09 09:28 PM

This will end. You will get through this. Stronger certainly, but also with muscles screaming for relief. God keep you safe and bless you.

Posted by Brad and Janet April 3, 09 09:50 PM

Wow those pictures were amazing! Thank you for sharing them. My heart goes to all those in ND, SD, and MN. As being a CERT (community emergency responce team) member i know how they feel. I have done a far of sandbagging and im only 17. Just a word of advice to those volnteers, take a nice hot shower other wise you are going to be very sore. Good luck and God Bless.

Posted by Meghan April 3, 09 09:52 PM

Travelled alot in your area, and have met alot of fine people. Can't say enough about the decency of you folks. God Bless you all.

Posted by Geno April 3, 09 10:22 PM

Friday, April 3, 2009 .......Current Red River Level in Fargo/Moorhead: 36.3 feet

The first thing I need to mention is my heart-felt sympathy for those of you in the Red River Valley that lost the battle to the 2009 flood. I know a valiant effort was put into protecting your property and the emotions you must be feeling.

For those of you that do not know the terrain of the Red River Valley, picture table top flatness. Cut small groove across the table top with a butcher knife. Bottom of your groove is 14 feet (normal Red River level in Fargo). Raise the river to 20 feet and water will start to cover some of the lower local roads. Now, add another 21 feet, and you have our current situation.

I surely did not have time capture any info last week, so here I am today downloading 2009 Fargo/Moorhead flood info on the internet. As I sit here in my Moorhead MN kitchen, I can reflect on the unbelievably huge human efforts that were put into the flood. My family and I are high and dry in the part of Moorhead in which we reside, but I surely know that my family and I will NEVER forget the great feeling of helping out our community, and the proud feeling of observing people from many states lending a hand.

While working our sandbagging efforts in our cities, I saw unbelievable amounts of orchrastrated efforts and emotions. From the outside looking in, one would believe most of the emotions would be negative and temperamental. This is not the case. Moral was absolutely great! Everyone knew we had the full support of each other, as well as that of the city, county, state, and federal governments. Virtually every man, woman, and child in our area has been directly touched by this unfortunate event. Thank God that we all pitched in and saved the vast majority of our two cities and outlying areas. Had we not saved both cities, we would have flooded approximately 60% of our population. Like in most “localized” natural disasters, the local population stepped up to the plate to play the game against nature. If it was not for the unbelievable assistance we received from students and volunteers, we would have definitely lost our battle. I need to wish a special thank you to all school officials and local businesses that let their students and employees time off to fight this battle. And a special thanks to the businesses that allowed their employees to fight the flood and even paid them their normal wages. What does that say about local community sponsorship! What a great feeling to work for such a company.

Now, for the rest of the story…

Tossing bags down the line, I worked side-by-side with men, women, and children from all walks of life…and from all areas of these great nations. I met people “Digging In and Getting It Done” that were from Texas, Florida, Canada, Ohio, and Montana. I also observed vast numbers of different fire departments (volunteer and city), law enforcement agencies, Game and Fish department, Coast Guard, National Guard, and water rescue groups just to name a few. Many of these folks spent money from their own pockets to lend a helping hand when needed. And the students…grade school, middle school, high school, and college students who probably made up in 50% of the work force. Their help was unbelievable to say the least. Many of these folks came from hundreds of miles away to help us save our cities. I extend a gracious “hats off to all of you” for your generous acts of kindness and hard work.

Now we have another opportunity…

We won the first round, and anticipate winning the second round as well. The first crest of the Red River in the Fargo/Moorhead area hit a record level for us of 40.8 feet on Saturday March 28, 2009. This morning (4-3-09) the National Weather Service posted projected second crest to be equal to or higher than the original crest. There is a 75% chance that the river will mirror our original crest of 41 feet, and a 25% chance that it will hit 43 feet or higher with no more precipitation. This is forecasted to hit us mid-to-late April. This is definitely terrible news as the dikes are still standing, and most dikes are saturated and at levels of 43’ or lower. I know we will dig in, fill em up, and do it again.

One of my work colleagues said it best, “I bagged a dike in Fargo, 2009”. What a tee shirt that would make.
Jon Krabbenhoft

Posted by Jon Krabbenhoft April 3, 09 10:26 PM

My brother a former resident of Fargo, packed his bags and went to stay with one of his friends to help sandbag for 3 days so that they could save his house. Having gone through this in Fargo in 1997 when he sandbagged his own home. He decided to retire elsewhere. As much as my brother and I disagree about our family fueds, I admire him and those like him who took time to go help thier friends in need. Truely a sign of quality of people and life! 60 year old men should probably stay home and watch out for thier own hearts, but we dont know better!

Posted by Duffuss April 3, 09 10:52 PM


Posted by ROBERT L AINSWORTH April 3, 09 11:21 PM

We live in a hurricane area so wwe know about storms. We all have been praying for you folks. God Bless you and hope the waters go down soon. Living in Myrtle Beach S.C.

Posted by MrsAlbert DGrinstead April 3, 09 11:29 PM

Maybe if the leadership (Mayor and senator) were different New Orleans wouldn't have been such a disaster---Watching the flooding of all those New Orleans busses my 12 year old grandson asked me--"Why didn't they move those busses to a higher safer place grandpa??" I said it was a lack of leadership (Mayoral) and most sane THINKING officials would have done it!
The saddest part is the N.O. people re-elected Nagin to his mayoral office!
Mid western ethics and value are what keeps this country sane and in a leadership position in the world! GOD BLESS you hardy people!

Posted by Robert Quam April 3, 09 11:30 PM

Me again (1049 and 1062)

You know, as proud as I am of my community, it really makes me sad to see anyone knocking victims of other disasters for different responses. There really is no comparison - very different floods, very different people-groups, and I think NO/LA had a much more quickly-developing crisis, with less time to prepare than we had, other than evacuating - which many, many of their people did.

I really wish people wouldn't be so critical of other people who have been though a catastrophic disaster like NO/LA. No one can say how they would react until they have to face identical circumstances, KWIM? Natural disasters are devastating, no matter where people live.

Posted by Moorhead, MN resident April 3, 09 11:36 PM

Bottom line is this, There is a display of the True American spirit going on all over the world. It is on display in Afghanistan, North Dakota, Iraq, and several thousand lacations all over the world. We work side by side with one another, it doesn't matter what state you are from. I am from North Dakota and people ask me why I live there and why I don't move. It is because of the family I have, Friends I have and the neighbors I have. The "American Spirit" is alive and well in North Dakota. We need to get back to our priorities all over the United States, and get back the real reason our country was created "One Nation Under God" is one we need to get our point across and if you want to live in this country then be willing to die for it and stop the complaining about if you are republican or a democrat. I am and "american" and I am proud of it to this very day. I am on my second tour of active duty and I miss my family and friends, but knowing what I am doing here I hope others catch on and stop changing the principles that our country was founded, there is a reason we have "in God We Trust" on our money and we need to get back to those principles and stop trying to put our mark on the history books. I am talking to the Supreme Court Justices and other judges and lawyers trying to remove God and our principles from our laws and rules we live by every day. We need to act as our ancestors did when they would die trying to get to a new country to start an new life for their families. Thanks for your time and I hope people read this and see the point I am trying to make. Thank you and "God Bless America"!!!!

Posted by Concerned April 3, 09 11:40 PM

As a current resident of the Fargo community i would like to personally thank all of you for your prayers while we waged our battle against mother nature. I have lived in North Dakota most of my life, except for a period where I served our nation in the armed forces.
I can say that our efforts were not only our own, but from a community called the United States. We received help from our friends and neighbors from all over and they stood side by side with us to help prevent what could have been a terrible tradgedy.
We as a nation must remove this we and they thinking from our thinking and once again become one. It is only united that we will succeed in the many different challegenges that face us as a nation and individually.
Peace - - Mark

Posted by Mark - From Fargo April 3, 09 11:42 PM

If only all Americans would pull together as these people have. They had a common goal, help others to help yourself.

Posted by Peggy April 3, 09 11:47 PM

I have spent many hours over the last several days reading the comments on this site and first and foremost I would like to thank everyone for the warm felt thoughts and prayers given. I would also like to say a big thank you for all those that came to help in whatever way they could, those that live here did what we had to do because it is our community and our homes that were in danger, for those with no ties to our area, you make me humble and words cannot convey how awe inspiring you are. I am proud of what was accomplished by our community but that is not why I am proud to be a North Dakotan. While I have lived in Fargo for 12 years, I grew up on a small farm in a farming community of less then 300 people. When I was 10 years old one of our farming neighbors passed away unexpectedly during the middle of harvest season. My father immediately began making and receiving phone calls from all the neighboring farms in our area. The day after the funeral, the widowed wife opened her door to find over 40 neighbors(husbands, wives and children) in her front yard with 16 combines and 20 grain trucks ready and willing to go take off the crops that her husband had planted. In one day we completed a whole harvest for what an individual family farm would take two weeks to accomplish. For those of you that may not have grown up in a farming community, if it is harvest and it the sun is shining, you don’t take a day off of harvest as you never know what tomorrow may bring and that crop has to be taken off or it may be lost. The example above is one of many that have shaped me into the person I am today and they are the reason that I am proud to say that I am from North Dakota and while I may have had no say in being born and raised in North Dakota I can say that I will die here.

Posted by farmgirl from ND April 4, 09 12:55 AM

I live in Bismarck, N.D. and up until the flooding I was just biding my time until I could move, preferably somewhere warm that got more and better rock concerts. It wasn't until I was knee-deep in sand, shoulder-to-shoulder with complete strangers, filling sandbags at the Bismarck Civic Center that I realized there was no where else I would rather be. Sure, I'm not a fan of 100 inches of snow in one winter. I do not like temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. And I would like some more liberal legislation around here, but... when the chips are down, North Dakotans are the people you want in your corner! Even my seven-year-old was asking to go help fill sandbags. (The Civic Center allowed all ages the first day of sandbagging, then asked that only those 14 and up come the next days.) So I took her to the Salvation Army and a church where she helped prepare and serve food for evacuees. And as for the silly people suggesting we move...where to? California? Earthquakes... Florida? ... Hurricanes. Texas? Drought. Anywhere in tornado alley? NO ONE is safe from natural disasters, ANYWHERE. As my dad says: Use your brains for more than just a spacer between your ears. I am now proud to say I AM a North Dakotan. These are my friends, relatives, neighbors... family.

Posted by Heather in Bismarck April 4, 09 01:09 AM

I live in Fargo, ND, so I am on the fore front of all this flood fighting. I am only 13 years old and have been told, on multiple occasions that I, and others my age, will probably not live to see another force of nature of this seriousness that has hit my area. Even though my personal contribution of sand bagging and building dikes did little to help fight the flood, I still feel that I have helped my area fight this force of nature. I feel that I must mention this is the first event, to my awareness, that has been placed on the internet that has not been criticized by the public. I thank everyone that has encouraged and complimented my area for our efforts and would like to continue the thanks to my community.

Overall thank you and God Bless the U.S.

Posted by Grant Nelson April 4, 09 01:20 AM


Posted by JOAN WILSON April 4, 09 01:49 AM

The efforts make me proud to be a stubble jumper. I was involved with the winter from hell / flood of the century in Manitoba in 1996/97. I was amazed then how communities banded together to get the job done and am more astounded today to see another generation take on the mighty Red River and send her back. Your pains prove to the world that prairie people can do anything, every time.

Posted by Greg April 4, 09 02:01 AM

So first I would like to thank everyone who said that we are in their prayers and thoughts and who also gave us encouragment and congratulations. We dont ask for it but America in general is that great of a place that we will extend thoughts and prayers across the entire country and world! Second I would like to say that I have always lived in ND but not until I helped out with the flooding efforts in Bismarck did I realize how great a place it really is to live in. I was sandbagging along people I have never met before but I was able to talk and joke around with them. It was also neat to see that those who's homes were already flooded or sandbagged where out helping those who's homes were not flooded or sandbagged. We dont sit back and let the worst happen to us we are definitely a proactive community! The best thing is though how our state encourages leadership, and moral and ethical education. All you have to do is step into any store in the state and we will see that. So for those of you who have anything bad to say about ND or what is going on here you have no reason to be saying those things until you have experianced ND to its fullest by helping out your neighbor who lives 100 miles away!

Posted by Kyla April 4, 09 02:37 AM

North Dakota's people are no better or worse than the people all over this earth- some walk the walk and others talk the talk. I was raised in ND and came back after 30 some years. The prairie and it's mighty rivers obey no man's rules. The Buddha would say - "let the river flow" and it will. The people of the flood plain say - "let the river only flow here or there" and it may or may not.

Posted by Sandra Lenagh April 4, 09 02:41 AM

I grew up in NoDak and I was living in a small town about an hour out of Grand Forks when the flood hit in '97 though I was just a little young to help with the relief efforts. I now live in Iowa, and I spent a week or two last summer sandbagging in my home town of Iowa City. I was amazed then at how everyone came together and one could feel the sense of community in working toward a common goal for the good of everyone. I want to commend the people of Fargo for doing that over the past couple of weeks. It's a beautiful thing, and you should be proud.

That being said, there is a meme that I was hearing on the sandbag lines last year that I am hearing echoed here, and it concerns me. Let me be very clear about t:his

There is no comparison between this flood and Katrina ! ! !

I'm not saying this isn't a disaster, or that the response is anything less than heroic. However, this flood is a completely different situation than what happened in New Orleans for the following reasons (among others):

1. Scale: the population of New Orleans when Katrina hit was approximately 10 times the population of Fargo today. Most obviously, this meant the relief operation had to be much bigger, Along with a bigger city, especially New Orleans and especially the portions that were hit hardest, comes and increased amount of squalor and homelessness, which creates additional problems in a relief effort

2. Warning: while the Hurricane was spotted long before it hit land, most of the damage caused by Katrina occurred when the levee broke, which was unexpected and flooded a large portion of the city before anyone could fill a sandbag. There were no evacuation plans, no relief plans, no plans of any sort for dealing with a disaster of that scale.

The result was chaos: hundreds of thousands of people with no place to go, and no way to get there. At this point, they NEEDED outside help, because they didn't have the resources in place to handle the crisis they were facing. This is when some residents took advantage of the chaos and confusion to loot stores that had been damaged by the flooding.

Fargo, on the other hand, has so far been engaged in flood prevention, not flood relief. You've had the time to build up your dikes and unless I'm mistaken, There has been relatively little actual flood destruction as yet-- thanks once again to your valiant community efforts. You should be proud of those efforts. But to be proud of your lack of looting or need for a large-scale federal relief program is silly and, more insidiously, it casts undue blame at the feet of Katrina victims, some of whom, admittedly, were looters, but most of whom were decent folk who, in your situation, would have been standing alongside you in the sandbag line. As of now, there's nothing in Fargo to loot! You have by and large kept that from happening, and even if, God forbid, the river crests your dikes, you already have plans and contingencies prepared to address the situation and maintain order in affected areas.

I guess that my main point is this: there are good people everywhere, not just the Midwest. You have had an opportunity to present a truly inspiring display of the potential of human compassion and perseverance to triumph over adversity. I beg you not to cheapen it by looking down on those who were not given that same opportunity.

Posted by Gabriel Burns April 4, 09 03:12 AM

God bless everyone over there and I really do hope things work out for you all. Things like this make one appreciate what they have. A very good friend of mine sent these pictures to me and, as I sit in front of my computer, my heart goes out to everyone. I had the great pleasure of travelling to Canada a few years ago and couldn't get over the nature of people there and how welcoming they made me feel. Take care and may God look down on each and every one of you to help you through this.

Bev, Maidstone, Kent, England

Posted by Bev Halliday April 4, 09 06:34 AM

This is truly tragic. My prayers go out to all the families in need of shelter and food. and to those volunteers that wholeheartedly give of their time to help and make a difference. For those in North Dakota...your perseverance will pull you through! Deeper prayers go to those individuals who have posted their comments and who don't understand what it is like to suffer through mother nature's furry. Small minded individuals have a hard enough time with survival of simple daily life, hopefully, they will never experience destruction by fire, earthquake, volcanoes, or flooding. God Bless North Dakota!

Posted by Mari in Galveston Texas April 4, 09 07:02 AM

Comment to #1009...Please check your information before you make assumptions about the midwest not accepting or welcoming immigrants. More than 6,000 refugees have moved to Fargo and its across-the-river neighbor, Moorhead, Minn., over the last 15 years by a Lutheran group's resettlement program. Their home countries come straight from the headlines, representing major world conflicts over the past decade: Iraq, Somalia, Liberia, Bhutan. Why you don't see them in the photos of sandbagging and volunteering isn't because they are not here with us. Maybe they haven't experienced people pulling together in their war torn countries but they are experiencing what it is like to be a part of a community that cares about each other. I am not a native North Dakotan as I too lived 20 years of my life in upstate New York and I will tell you that I have never seen the level of compassion in my home town that I have personally felt here in Fargo. My family has lived in such far off places as Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as well as Amman, Jordan and we chose to live here in the midwest because of the general character of the people. No one proclaims to be "perfect" here and character is not about where you grow up; how you were treated as a child; what your lot in life is; how rich or poor you are; it is about how you will respond in times of trial and no one really knows until that day comes. In another week, the Red River will crest again maybe over the previous 40.82 feet and the process will start all over again but no matter what comes our way, we will fight it together.

Posted by Liza April 4, 09 07:08 AM

Awsome pictures. My son went through flooding in 2009. It is so bad - clean up is terrible almost wish the house had flooted out of town. My thoughts and prayer are with you.

Posted by Kathy Pierce April 4, 09 07:47 AM

Our hearts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. I can't even imagine going through this but am proud to see everyone there for the other. Blees you and God be with you

Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 10:17 AM

Dear Canadians- People of the mentioned flooded areas... I salute you all for your heroic efforts and the wonderful spirit of love and the positive attitude of working together- sharing each other's dilemma!!
You are all true heroes in ur own special way!!
I am a South African and only have the greatest respect for your efforts and warmth and high spirits!!
I will pray that all will be good!! Remember GOD always stays in control!! You do your best... and HE would do the rest!!

Emmi UYS

Posted by emmerentia UYS April 4, 09 10:23 AM

We are praying for you each and everyone of you. May you be an example to the rest of us in the United States as to how we can help each other and what can be accomplished through teamwork. Your courage and strength are overwhelming. We will continue to pray for months to come.
Bless you all! You make me proud to be an American.
Thank you all.

Posted by Liz April 4, 09 10:24 AM

I am from Biloxi MS. Durring Katrina we had no looting nor did the areas around Biloxi. I can also imagine the same from South Lousianna. The scenes from New Orleans were not what the rest of the area enojyed. We worked hard, and pulled ourselves out of that disaster. Might I remind many that New Orleans was not hit with a hurricane but with a flood. We were hit with the worst natural disaster to hit the continental US in many years. if not the history of this country and we rebuilt. New Orleans has yet to rebuild. Let us not forget though the issues of New Orleans are not as simple as good or bad.Nor should we ever turn our back on any section of our country.

Posted by harry ledbetter April 4, 09 10:27 AM

Re comment #1104 - thank you for providing your information about immigrants to the Fargo/Moorhead area. Also, there has been earlier immigration (such as the Hmong) to the larger metropolitan areas of the Twin Cities. There has been quieter immigration into the farming communities as well. A couple of years ago, fresh homemade tamales appeared for sale in a panaderia in Monticello, MN, and I'm sure this isn’t the only place in the Midwest fresh tamales are available. Of course, this doesn't mean that integration has been easy - but it illustrates that immigration has occurred, is occurring, and is nothing new in the Midwest. Like commentator #1009, I grew up in the Midwest and now live in NYC but moved much more recently. I can only imagine that living in NYC for the last 30 years means that #1009 has missed these “recent events”. Additionally, #1009 seems to have forgotten that immigrants do indeed come in all skin colors and experiences – meaning we can’t always pick the immigrants out of a crowd. My husband’s mother emigrated from Dublin, Ireland to Montana -- and guess what, her city-slicker skills didn’t help her one bit in Montana. #1009 is referring to recent immigrants without appropriate skills, not the earlier immigrants who didn’t have appropriate skills – such as the rural, poor, uneducated, non-English speaking Finns who ended up working in the mines in Minnesota and Michigan and dying before they could buy the land they knew how to farm. Shannon, please, broaden your perspective before you preach, or you put us NYC’s to shame. We need to be able to imagine what things are like for all Americans - no matter where they live, where they came from, and when they arrived here, not to mention those who were to begin with.

Posted by Janel April 4, 09 10:42 AM

The ones who had so many nasty things to say will be the ones begging for help when something happens to them....And because of what type of person they obviously are.... there probably won't be anyone there!!!

God Bless all. and Lord, please protect even the idiots that are saying such nasty things - as we know without you we would all be lost!!!

Posted by Sherri Wallace April 4, 09 11:12 AM

After Hurricane Ike passed through Galveston County, it makes me wonder if we could have pulled together, all ages, ethnic backrounds and beliefs to have eliminated some of the disaster we endured. Even though this is a totally different kind of disaster, it restores my faith in mankind. Growing up in the Midwest, I know the hearts and love of neighbors for each other, and only wish that type of belief were everywhere instead of each man for himself. I think it is wonderful to see communities helping out each other for the well being of all. May God watch over all of you as you recover from this...

Posted by L. Maxson April 4, 09 11:25 AM

True Spirit of America...

Posted by Julie April 4, 09 11:44 AM

the wealthy sit hogging thier money. As the real americans get to work. And then the rich will hurt us, so they can have more, by rasing the price of gas. And cars should be outlowed. As they are doing the damage to the earth.

Posted by Scott Hansmann April 4, 09 12:23 PM

Looking at the photos makes one proud of the people from North Dakota and surrounding areas. It shows hard work and community cooperation instead of sitting around crying about it and waiting for help. Alot of people will get help but few probably asked for it. It is the kind of solid people you come across daily in North Dakota, hard working folks with good values in life. I am proud to be a resident of ND.

Posted by chuck sheldon April 4, 09 12:26 PM

You will all be in our prayers this Sunday at Community Lutheran Church,Cornelius, NC...God bless you

Posted by Stewart Gardner April 4, 09 12:47 PM

#1009. Obviously you have not come back to North Dakota in the last 30 years after living in NYC. I live in Fargo & fought for Fargo like so many others. I graduated from NDSU & have been around the city & see minorities all over. Helping fight the flood was completely optional & these are only a fraction of the pictures. Maybe you should take a trip back here before making accusations of us not accepting immigrants.

Posted by Allison April 4, 09 01:34 PM

In response to 1092 and 1096

Grant, Mark...and all our countrymen and countrywomen in Fargo and all the other affected areas...

I have never seen such an overwhelming display of courage and love for one's neighbor as I have watching you all from afar (Connecticut), as I have been the last two weeks. I wish I were able to offer you some sort of practical help, but the best I can do is to offer a few words of encouragement, admiration and gratitude that there are people like you amongst us. God bless you all; you are always in my prayers.

You are my heroes.

Posted by Margaret April 4, 09 01:36 PM

God bless and watch over you all in your efforts to save your citites and homes. The sun will shine again for you. Hang in there, better times are ahead. G.W.L. Iowa

Posted by Geraldine from Iowa April 4, 09 01:51 PM

God bless and watch over you all in your efforts to save your cities and homes. The sun will shine again for you. Hang in there, better times are ahead. G.W.L. Iowa

Posted by Geraldine from Iowa April 4, 09 01:52 PM

An amazing group of pictures - What hardships those people endured - and are still enduring. God bless them

Posted by Jerome Gates April 4, 09 02:08 PM

No-one knows the devistation the flood victims and their families go through - until one has experienced such disaster themselves. I believe, with the help of God, the worries, fears, and anxiety of the people all have a way of bringing strength, determination, and Faith. There is great comfort in knowing our state is filled with such hardworking, caring, and thoughtful people.
I am proud to be a North Dakotan. I am proud to have helped fight the fight. I am proud to live by great neighboring states like Minnesota and the beautiful country of Canada. Together we will all fight this water problem and find a solution that works for all of us. Thank you to everyone who got out there and helped fight the fight!

Posted by Kathi Anderson, Grafton, ND April 4, 09 03:09 PM

We lived through Camille in Mississippi years ago and many smaller ones, then helped after Katrina with such devastation as I hope to never see again. The south has nothing over the devastation that heavy snows and water can cause here in the north and yet the beauty of the undaunted human spirit, those fighting to claim back their lives and the countless thousands who come to help them do just that. God bless you all, our prayers are with you and this too will pass.

Posted by Linda Carver April 4, 09 03:46 PM

I bagged, my back hurts, my neck hurts, my hands hurt.

But God, I've never felt so good!

Posted by Jon April 4, 09 03:55 PM

how wonderful all those folks are i salute you all from S.W.England as n if there isnt enough tragedies in the world god bless and keep you all safe

Posted by betty jewell April 4, 09 04:16 PM


Bless those volunteersl They will get their rewareds, for sure.


Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 04:20 PM

Someone forwarded me a copy of post 1067 and my comment is that what I don't see in this particularpost is any comment that "the people of New Orleans, having a significant number of African Americans are obviously inferior to the people of North Dakota which has a comparitively low population of African Americans". And I will say that even though I don't see a comment such as this, the racism reflected in the comments that do exist is palpable.

Posted by Claudia Jane Cooper April 4, 09 04:37 PM

I admire all communities that pull together. Out here in the Northwest, floods,fires and earthquakes seem to be our "cup of tea." I think true Americans band together during tough times. We will always have the lazy and the thief -- but I will always welcome the active and the honest. It is those who pull together for the good of each other and America, that get my respect.
These pictures show people who are working together. These pictures show people that aren't concerned about "entitlements." These are people who don't sit on their behinds and bitch. These people are REPRESENTATIVE of ALL Americans whereever they are, who performed in like manner.,

Posted by Steve from Oregon April 4, 09 04:59 PM

its amazing how everyone pulls together no matter what political party they are in a crisis. when it hits, no matter how much hate you may have with your neighbor, you always help them and they help you.

Posted by oklahoma April 4, 09 05:22 PM

It just goes to prove that AMERICANS can and DO work together for the good of the people! They are not begging, they are not whining, they are not burying their hands in their laps, they are working, and working HARD to try and deflect further damage! From the very young to the most elder of their communities, they are all chipping in to do what they can. It just makes you remember and realize what we as a people and a nation CAN do. May God bless them one and all. My heart goes to these folks for thier suffering and for their losses.

Posted by Frances Manion April 4, 09 06:03 PM

It doesn't matter what color your skin is. It is about what you make of the situation. We could all sit on our bums and complaing and do nothing for ourselves and play the poor me card. However, these people are out there trying to save themselves and showing their love for EVERYONE!

Posted by Amanda April 4, 09 06:10 PM

I volunteer for the American Red Cross. I have been on disaster assignments before, but I have never seen such a large community of self sufficient people. These people in ND are happy for the help, but they don't back off from the work that has to be done. No one here has seen disaster relief come and then decide to sit back while everyone else does the work. I have never been so impressed by the sense of community that I have found here in ND. I am impressed by the people here. I am in awe of them.

Posted by Barb Miller April 4, 09 06:34 PM

This is what America is supposed to be. The folks in New orleans could learn a thing or two from you folks. The people in this area are a gift to this once great country.

Posted by Bil Ludlow April 4, 09 06:47 PM


Posted by BRUCE L. SHENKEL April 4, 09 07:17 PM

to all the kids to the dads and moms and grandparents, to all the volenteers that came together to help the neighbors and the towns, to all the troops and the the women volenteers that came together to make sandwiches , and prepare other foods for all the workers and lets not forget the RED CROSS that were there helping as they always there for all disasters, , yes this is AMERICA comming together lets not forget all the prayers from the vast amount of people praying for the sand bags to hold back the raging river from flooding homes and towns,im not from there but my heart goes out to all the VOLENTEERS

Posted by Richard April 4, 09 07:40 PM

I was born in Fargo, ND. I moved to California as a young girl kicking and screaming. I did not want to leave all my wonderful relatives living along the Red River from Wahpeton to Grand Forks. Although I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth (Lake Tahoe) with a wonderful husband and 3 grown children, I will never forget the hard working and humble character of my relatives and those others that settled the Dakota Territory. Over the years I tried to instill in my children the North Dakota work ethic and family values. I have always been proud of my North Dakota roots and now the rest of the world can see why!!! God bless !!!youall

Posted by Linda Nipstad Mahnken April 4, 09 08:15 PM

One thing seemed to stand out from the first picture to the very last......the kind smiles of all those fighting to save others' homes against the flood. No tears, no anger, no plundered Walmarts....just gentle smiles for their fellow fighters. God bless these people and keep them safe as they struggle against the water.

Posted by Barb Wolfe April 4, 09 08:26 PM

hoe brave these people were god bless them and give them smiles and survival for them all i use to live in bismark n.dak came to calif at 12yrs old iam over hill now

Posted by shirleyjepson was mcnally April 4, 09 08:31 PM

Good work! The best and lucky thing is unlike Katrina, who was hit with little warning and the residents were unable to respond to the levee breaking, you had time to respond. I think some people making comments about wanting handouts is unkind especially when they are the poor of this great nation and don't have the same support systems , only a a few days of a warning, a weak levee system that should have been fixed and very weak and late federal response to an overwhelming disaster. When you have dead people stuck in their houses for days that is truly a sad moment and a testament to a nation turning their back to one of our great cities which still has not been rebuilt years later.

Posted by ann patrick April 4, 09 08:51 PM

Amazing Pictures !! My husband is from N.D. and these pictures show the SPIRIT and HONEST-HARDWORKING ETHIC'S of these people !! Make's us proud to be North Dakotans. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Neola M. Buckmier April 4, 09 10:05 PM

It is refreshing to see the pull-togetherness being displayed during this tragedy. You are special people, and it makes one proud to be an American. If only sandbags could be put around the beltway of our nations capitol to keep the backbiting lying self serving drivel that is spewing out of there contained , and some of what you people are showing, rubbed off on the politicians, perhaps the U.S. could get down to the business they were sent there for. God Bless you all.

Posted by Bud Friddle April 4, 09 10:58 PM

God Bless You all in Fargo N.D. I was raised in ND and remember the river flooding but never this bad! Our prayers are with you and for you keep up the good work with that warmhearted NorthDakota spirit!!!!


Posted by Anonymous April 4, 09 11:03 PM

God bless all makes me proud to be from the U.S.A.

Posted by mike April 4, 09 11:11 PM

To sum up all emails and be fair, #1132 has been to several disasters.They said that this one is different from the others stating that even in freezing cold temperatures the people don't back off and let others do their work. They might take a break, but then they are back at it shortly after their break. Never say die attitude. I have been to many countries and 40 of the 50 states. I always compare life in other areas to that of North Dakota. I had a friend move to North Dakota last year and they would tell me of some "bad apples" in North Dakota, but we do help our neighbor to no end. We help one another and that is what puts us where we think is "One Nation Under God!!!!", and there is nothing that the mean spirited or angered people can say to that to affect us. Put down the keyboards, pens, and all the other stuff you use to complain and do something about it. One thing I have experienced, If you are from North Dakota or the Midwest in general, you can get a job anywhere you want. I was in New York and I was there only to visit and I worked while I was there for the summer.and my boss told me to call him back if I ever wanted to move there for good. Sorry I love where I live I told hime. If you don't have anything positive to say, then don't say anything at all, and next time someone helps you out of a bind, remember why they helped you, because 10 times out of 10 it will be their soul and God's will that gets that done, is evident every day all over the world. Thanks for the time and God Bless you all!!!

Posted by concerned April 5, 09 12:01 AM

having went though floods in cedarRapids iowa last year, my heart bleeds for North Dakota.. good luck.finding fema to help you, most of us people in the midwest can still walk on two legs no amount of money can replace the human sprite to survive

Posted by Bud Simmons April 5, 09 12:11 AM

I am living in Las Vegas now but moved here from Fargo... and that is something I miss badly, its that kindness and family type attitude. I miss everyone dearly, love you all and God Bless

Posted by Jill (Roberge) Ramirez April 5, 09 12:46 AM

I, too, am from No Dak (Williston) and this shows what people can do if they put their mind and back into it. We are all so proud of these people! Our prayers and thoughts are with the people in Fargo. God bless each and every one of you.

Posted by Gloria April 5, 09 01:56 AM

I commend the spirit of ND and MN. When I was growing up in Oregon, in the 1950's, the river that we lived near would flood. In fact, it flooded 3 years in a row. As a community we pulled together. What we couldn't sandbag we left for the river and then cleaned up later. Our higher ground neighbors invited us in and fed us until the waters let us back into our homes. There was no help from FEMA or any other government agency, and we didn't expect it. We did what we had to do to insure the safety of our families. We attempted to save our property. Sometimes we had just a few hours of warning -- especially if a high tide and a full moon and a snow melt and rain all occurred at the same time. I see the same spirit in these fine folks.

Posted by Steve from Oregon April 5, 09 01:58 AM

hey #940 anywhere it can rain it can flood, bet u didn't think of that when u posted ur comment

Posted by homes April 5, 09 03:28 AM

My heart goes to you all.
It is a great feeling to know there is still people believe in families, true community, friends helping friends and most of all true to our God!
You don't know me and I do not have relatives there, what I saw here, I am proud of you all!
May God be with you all and be safe :-)/

Posted by Anonymous April 5, 09 03:29 AM

The big difference between New Orleans and North Dakota is the people of North Dakota are tough, resilient and they work for what they have. They do not live on government handouts or wait around for someone else to "do it for them". The people of North Dakota are real and true Americans. God bless and my prayers go out to you.

Is FEMA even in N.D.? I will tell you if FEMA had to bring trailers to ND for temporary shelters they would be clean when the citizens of ND returned them. Not trashed like the bums of N.O. left them.

Posted by Circle 8 April 5, 09 04:26 AM


Posted by ROSE SHIELDS April 5, 09 08:25 AM

I just want to thank you to all the positive comments. I live in Grand Forks,ND but at this time I am in Afghanistan serving in the ND National Guard. I hurts that I can't be there to help in the flood fight and thank GOD that my wife and children are safe. So to the GREAT people of Fargo, Grand Forks, and all the smaller town around the valley keep up the good work. Thank you for showing the rest of country what we are made of.

Posted by Bill Foutch April 5, 09 08:59 AM

I agree with a previous comment that Americans have shown to be wonderful, caring people in times of disaster as in NYC and Katrina. Where the difference lies is that people from North Dakota/Minnesota behave this way on a daily basis!! My best regards to relatives in Wahpeton, Hankinson, Breckinridge, Kindred, Hickson, Walcott, Lisbon, Casselton, Fargo, Grand Forks and beyond.
Love you all!!!


Posted by Linda Nipstad Mahnken April 5, 09 09:57 AM

North Dakota is a state that is not in debt nor does it get more federal dollars back then it puts in. They have a republican governor and democratic congressmen. Has been that way for awhile. They deserve a dike. This is a state dealing with a thaw and the flooding with it ... 100 year flood but the highest on record and twice in less then 15 years. Were not done yet. Now lets not forget that hurricanes kick off tornadoes and such so there should not be a comparison made. The dike broke days after the hurricane passed and the waters were at a category 2 level I believe. Here to me is the biggest fact and that is that Katrina missed New Orleans and hit Biloxi and Gulfport. Hurricanes come through a longer period and are less predictable. The time since Katrina all places have had a chance to better plan for emergencies. FEMA is better and my hat is always off to the Red Cross who I have seen everywhere... both floods. I grew up in Westwego and that is across from New Orleans and hurricanes were always considered a party time.... Nothing worse than camile... Some people in North Dakota thought we have a 100 years before the next flood. They didnt take into consideration the farmers putting in drain tiles in their fields, Canada got smart and damned up some areas in the north, large snow quanities, and fast thaws... We got the idea that we had already dealt with the worst flood. But we sure pulled together both sides Minnesota and Dakota. and we had volunteers from all over. People just driving up to help... Kids that couldnt help were playing inside with their toys and they were pretending to fighting the flood. There were people helping with sand bags that were more of a hinderance then a help but the people around me and myself wanted them there. They were a help by wanting to help. Others just handed bags to be filled or got water. They were there. High school kids were the best... when I joined some sand bag lines there was some kids that had not had a break all day and it was 2 in the afternoon. and they had been there since 8. Constant sand bags. I think the fear was they would scatter with a break but I gave them one and they were all back and ready to go . Some did leave only to help other houses because they didnt want a break. I think this type of behavior is all up and down the red river even up in Canada or should I say in Canada especially .. thanks friends tot he North.

Posted by James Mitchum April 5, 09 10:21 AM

If this had happened in California, They would have wanted N. Dakotans to come save them. No one here would get off their welfare paid ass, sitting in front of their T.V. , watching Oprah to do anything !! God Bless all of you and in this time of trial . May God build new bonds amoungst you and create a greater sense of brotherhood!!.
If Obama truly wants change in this country he needs to go to North Dakota for an example. Independant people, preparing for disaster and taking care of their own are the answer to this country's problems. not government dependant people.

Posted by James Long April 5, 09 10:26 AM

The pics posted here are amazing. I got to pic #25 and was suprised to see the wonderful familiar faces of my residents and co-workers at Elim Rehab and Care Center.
Elim is a great place, they have taken great care of us through this, the staff and our residents. I miss going to work there and having a normal job and routine. I look forward to being able to move back into our building and having all of our displaced residents come home to Fargo. I miss all of my Grandmas and Grandpas. If you think this flood has been tough on us think of how tough it is on our elders!
Hang in there Fargo! The 2nd crest is coming and we will be home soon!!

Posted by Anna April 5, 09 10:59 AM

In my post #716, I also wanted to include:
This is another place where people can go to give and recieve help like demonstrated during this flood.

Posted by Dwight April 5, 09 11:01 AM

#1095--You have it MORE than right. I'm thankful every day that I live in N,D.

Posted by MaryA April 5, 09 11:11 AM

Viewing these photos is a great reminder of the strength and teamwork that exists in the hearts and minds of the people of the Midwest. Weather is no match for this resolve and resilience. God bless you all!

Posted by Claire Moore April 5, 09 11:12 AM

Well #1078, it is YOU who is the self-righteous one. You ought to cover your head in shame for what you just said. So you dealt with the heat.....big deal!!! They had to deal with freezing temperatures, blizzards, and rain storms all within days of each other. So what difference does it make if someone has 12 feet of water or 8 feet of water in their home!!! Wah....wah...wah.........sit down & shut up. It's people like you that this country DOESN'T need, all you do is whine, ask for handouts, & cry foul every other minute One of the differences is that Minn/ No.Dak took pre-emptive action in getting people out of nursing homes etc. They took care of business & haven't depended on the government to get them thru the crisis.

Posted by Cheryl April 5, 09 01:27 PM

#1078......Did you deal with blizzards, freezing temperatures or rainstorms all within a few days of each other??? So if you had 12' of water and we had 8' does it make a difference????? Talk about self righteous.....look in the mirror.
#1127.....Do activist groups hire you to come in to a town to stir up dissension and riots???? With your comment it sure seems to be your goal in life to stir up trouble where there isn't any.

Posted by Cheryl April 5, 09 01:44 PM

#1078......Did you deal with blizzards, freezing temperatures or rainstorms all within a few days of each other??? So if you had 12' of water and we had 8' does it make a difference????? Talk about self righteous.....look in the mirror.
#1127.....Do activist groups hire you to come in to a town to stir up dissension and riots???? With your comment it sure seems to be your goal in life to stir up trouble where there isn't any.

Posted by Cheryl April 5, 09 01:55 PM

I live in Fargo, and I must start out by saying thank you to everyone around the country for your thoughts and support. I just find it sad that only reading through a small amount of these posts, many people are using this as a reason to rag on Katrina victims. I'm sure there were people that took advantage, but to generalize that thought to the entire area is not right. You can not tell me that everyone from New Orleans acted so poorly. This flood has been a horrible experience for enough people. There is no reason to see this in any light other than people coming together and doing the right thing by each other, whether we get the outcome we hope for or not. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts as a 2nd crest is now predicted to be as high, if not higher, than the first. Our dikes already have a lot of strain on them, and now will have to hold for likely another few weeks to a month.

Posted by Julie S April 5, 09 02:09 PM

This is what America is all about. God Bless each and everyone of those volunteers.

Posted by Anonymous April 5, 09 03:55 PM

The recent posting by Bill Foutch April 5, 09 08:59 AM Who is in the National Guard and is serving our country in a foreign land while his family is in the midst of the flood.
May your family be safe -- you know you can rely on your wife and neighbors
and may you and your fellow men be safe -- you know we rely on you...
I am thankful every day that I live in this great land and that people like you are protecting it.
Thank you.....

Posted by Steve from Oregon April 5, 09 04:24 PM

God Bless all of you and please protect those precious backs of yours. I lived in Moorhead, Minneapolis and Winnipeg, etc before moving to Las Vegas. Believe it or not, Las Vegas was where I filled many sandbags to protect my home one horrendous summer from torrential monsoons and tore out a disk. Hence cannot help you now, but pray that you don't do damage as I did when my home and life were threatened. We are all with you during this challenge.

Posted by Val April 5, 09 06:04 PM

I am from Fargo, ND. I have lived here my entire life, and I could not be prouder of my community. Fargo is one of those places where you know your neighbors and kids can play outside without parents worrying (unless of course it is winter and 20 below outside).
My point is stop comparing two completely different disasters. Instead of whining and complaining about what the government did or didn't do for the victims of either tragedy; look at the people who stood up to the challenge. They did what simply had to be done. They deserve enormous amounts of praise. No one deserves to be blamed. Blaming or complaining won't help the situation. It just makes it less tolerable. So why bother wasting time and energy? Especially when you could be helping in so many other ways.
Anybody, who thinks that God let this happen on purpose, that is ridiculous.
God promised Noah and every generation after Noah that he would never flood the earth again. God did not allow this to happen because we voted for President
Obama or because their is wickedness in ND.
"God said to Noah, 'I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut of by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.'
And God said, 'This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: i have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters of become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on earth."
Stuff happens, but you can't sit around blame others. You have to move on and help where ever possible.

Posted by Rachel Douville April 5, 09 06:29 PM

#1009 ...

My Oh My, Sharon Moore,
Are you related to Michael ?
Have a Heart and Give Peace a Chance.
Everyone is welcome in the Dakotas and we'll let you know it.
Take your Chill Pill.

Posted by Laurie April 5, 09 06:49 PM

So where are all the "the government owes me" individuals, or all the looting of the local stores and businesses? Where are the wounded that fall victim to the looters and low lifes that prey on communities that are in severe dire straights from Mother Nature. Where are all those people??? I would venture to say you wont see any of that in these communities. My hats are off to everyone of those that are making the best of what has happened and are helping their fellow neighbor and man out. God bless them all, because you show the rest of the United States how it should be done.

Posted by Alan April 5, 09 09:15 PM

It is sad, and funny, that the good people of N.D. didn" wait for the "Government" to come and help them. It is great to see people take the initiative to help themselves. Congratulations N.D. Maybe the people of New Orleans can take a hint from you all. Keep it up. It reminds me of the way it used to be when I was a "young un".

Posted by Greg Morgan April 5, 09 10:07 PM

Many years ago we lived 65 miles north of Duluth on Highway 53, north of Virginia, MN. We have heard no reports of disaster in that area, but offer deep gratitude and continuing prayers for the people so badly affected by this flood. We were on the Iron Range and hope to get reports filtering through from good friends who are still there.
I would like to comment that for all the work of the American Red Cross, I simply know that Salvation Army has been getting remarkable amounts of work done without much being spoken.

Posted by Joan Høiness Bouchelle April 5, 09 11:50 PM

I've watched all the mess our great country is in and after hearing about North Dakota and then seeng all the pics I have one thing to say. Thank you so much. Thank you for showing true leadership, true love, true committment to our country. God Bless the USA and God Bless each and everyone of you who have sacrificed so much during this tragic time. I live in Arizona and in all my years living here I've never seen such team effort and dedication as you have all shown. Thank you for showing me personally what this country really is. I'd lost my focus after the election., but you have all made me see why I love the USA.

Posted by Gail April 6, 09 01:02 AM

Look why are you all arguing about all this, both Hurricane Katrina and this flood are natural disasters. I am originally from North Dakota and i live in Louisiana now, I was in North Dakota in '97 when we had that flood, what you all fail to realize is that Norht Dakota knows the flooding is gonna happen far in advance and can prepare for it. Hurricanes on the other hand are very unpredictable, they can change coarse and increase in intensity in hours. Yes there was alot of crime but dont forget the weather down here is alot warmer.

Posted by Anonymous April 6, 09 01:38 AM

To all the fine people in North Dakota GOD BLESS YOU and keep you in his presents. I to live in Katrina country, Ms. and it was not nice even with all the damage we suffered but our neighbors came together and help one another and saw to it that people had food and water and ice , and especially the older ones. I am one of the older group but am forutante enough to be able to help others. Thank God he took care of us and we were able to help others as you are.We didn't lose our home because we were one of the fortunate one and God saw fit for us not to lose because we could help others.God is good and his mercy is
everlasting. God Bless all of your, our prayers are with you all.


Posted by Gladys Underwood April 6, 09 01:55 AM

Would you people PLEASE SHUT UP about how New Orleans people were just "waiting for handouts from the government" and didn't do anything to help themselves? Just SHUT UP, Damn it! You weren't there and you don't know Jack Sh__ about what happened.

You see sensationalized TV clips of the remainder of the city that either couldn't or chose not to evacuate, and you say that that's the way all New Orleans reacted. BUT WE GOT 1.2 MILLION PEOPLE OUT IN A PLANNED EVACUATION THAT WAS THE LARGEST MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE IN MODERN TIMES. You want proof? Go to the National Hurricane Center website--the new director called it "one of the great untold stories of Katrina." We boarded up our houses, cleared storm drains, battened down anything loose, picked up our old people, and then we evacuated via a planned system. I left town at 6 PM the night before the storm, and I got to Baton Rouge--with my wife, a couple of days worth of luggage and 5 cats--in six hours. By comparison, when Rita hit Houston a week later, people sat in the same spot on the I-10 and feeder expressways for 24 hours!

No, all of you haven't beat us up like that, and I wish you all well in the 2nd crest. But about every 5th person reveals themselves to be mean-spirited, narrow-minded, nasty little people who can't wait to drop code words like, "lazy," "ignorant", "thieving," " welfare-suckers" and worse on ALL 1.3 Million of us in the total NOLA metropolitan area. Code words? Yes, code words, and we know what they are code for, don't we?

And the reason Katrina was as bad as it was, WAS NOT the storm---shoot, we have been dealing with hurricanes for 300 years down here. We can pump 2 inches of rain per hour out of the city, which is about 190 square miles. The Federally built and maintained levees broke on the 3rd day.
THE FEDS HAVE ASSUMED ALL FLOOD CONTROL OF THIS NATURE SINCE 1927! (You have federally built and maintained construction in Grand Forks right now, from the flood of a few years ago.) Nobody was prepared for our levee breaks because the US Army Corps of Engineers maintains those them.

Anybody from NOLA will admit that we're screwed up and disorganized in this town, but we get through things. Except for the Lower 9th Ward, the city has been back on its feet for 2 years. Please try to understand that you can't GENERALIZE to a city of over 1 million from the sensational video clips of a few people.

I realize that I'm making all of this about NOLA, when you guys in Moorhead and Fargo are in trouble, and I didn't want to do that. But many of you folks keep bringing it up. And give us a break with the code words---it's the 21st century, and you should be beyond that by now.

Posted by Roger in New Orleans April 6, 09 02:01 AM

i live in the uk, n/w england, we never get anything like you guys are getting,
my heart goes out to all of you, I have been to the usa a lot and I find the people fantastic, my last visit was Dakota, and I could not have been made more welcome, Your all lovely people, I wish I was there now to help you with this defence work, my friend, (curt) sent me the photos to see, I am shocked, we dont know how lucky we are, so I wish you all the best from the UK.
from alan.

Posted by alan robson April 6, 09 03:18 AM

born and raised in NODAK country i admire all of you for sticking together. Only the good Lord knows what he has in mind for us! Keep up the team work and it will work!

Posted by Bev April 6, 09 03:26 AM

I am a ND girl and will be no matter where I live. North Dakotans have ethics which a lot of us have forgotten. The only thing the people of ND expect from anyone living there is to be a contributing member of society. They do not take kindly to free loaders and as long as you understand that they will welcome you. For those who think it is such a bad place, Don't Live There!
A friend is fighting to save his home near Linton, ND and amazes me when he says "we are lucky, there are others worse off". He has a lake around his entire house and his septic system has collapsed. He has 3 pumps fighting 200 gallons of water flowing into his basement every hour. Congratulations ND for fighting the floods and snow once again with dignity. We are watching and praying for you. God bless!

Posted by Cheri M April 6, 09 04:36 AM

I truely didnt realize just how bad this situation was, thankyou so much for sharing all these pictures with us. My heart and prayers go out to you all there. God help you all, give you the strength to make it through all this.Is our Gov there helping you all? I will keep you all in my prayers and hope you all make it though this. God give you the strength to...... Cathy from ohio

Posted by cathy April 6, 09 08:40 AM

The first and most importan thing I have to say is that I am VERY PROUD to admit that I am a North Dakotan! I have lived her most my life. I am 23 years old and Have live in Seattle and San Antonio. Nothing Compares to the thoughtfulness, caring, warmth, and friendlyness of the people in my great State! Growing up I couldnt wait to "get out", But once I finally did (both Times) I couldnt wait to come back. I have a Small Baby so unfortunatly I didnt get a chance to get out and help sandbag, but I am very very thankful for how all communities got together and pulled it together in our times of need. I Live in Minot and they are talking about flooding here as well and as much as I hope id doesnt happen I know that if it does we too will all pull together again and this time I'll be first in line to help because I have heard stories from my grandparents about the flood of 1969 and how devistating it was and I want to be a part in trying to prevent that. I comend all that have helped and been a part of bagging in Bismarck and Fargo and you are all beautiful beautiful people and I thank God for all of you!

Posted by Jessica April 6, 09 09:18 AM

Wow, finally I got to the end of all of these comments, a lot of which were people bickering about the difference between the Red River Flood and Katrina. I am originally from North Dakota but it has been twenty some years since we moved. I am very proud of the people in North Dakota who are pulling together during this disaster. Not just in the Red River area but also in the Linton, Mandan, Beulah areas as well as other flood areas not mentioned.
From what I have seen and read about the two disaster areas, a lot of the people from the Katrina area (not all) seem to be still sitting on the pity potty with their hand out while the folks in North Dakota are using their hands to take care of themselves and their neighbors..

Posted by Wes Erickson April 6, 09 09:26 AM

Thank you Me Again. Like many of the folks in North Dakota, Louisiana citizens are law abiding. Like those in the photos who refused to evacuate, we didn't do that out of a desire to be disobedient. We wanted the opportunity to protect our family and our homes. Like those in the photos, many of us have spent untold hours filling sandbags and trying to shore up levees. Like the folks in North Dakota, the bullk of us dug in and did what we had to. We didn't sit around and wait for anyone to bail us out. So again, thank you very much for your compassion and understanding.

Posted by Gallianola April 6, 09 10:03 AM

Back in the Fall of 1971 I was attending Oak Hills Bible in Bemidji MN.I had several friends who lived in North Dakota.I'm praying for you all and wondering how you are.
Please email me .

Posted by David Lawrence April 6, 09 10:19 AM

Please! Stop that bickering right now. NOLA people, you go to that corner, ND people, you go to that corner. This "my suffering is worse than your suffering" syndrome has got to stop. NOBODY has the market cornered on pain and suffering. We all have our own that we go through. We all are capable of compassion and caring, as are our neighbors. Isn't that enough?????

Posted by Proud to be from ND April 6, 09 11:36 AM

I pray for the people of Fargo. This is really frightening and a terribly hard thing to endure. I hope everyone stays as safe as can possibly be.

I don't see any comparison to N.O. and this situation except too much water. N.O. had no food or drinking water much for days on end. It was a huge city and people were left to die...of course things got desperate. That horrible tragedy ought not be compared to this one. It's not a "contest"

Both events are dangerous and sad, sad, sad. I will keep these people in my prayers.

Posted by Alice Paul April 6, 09 11:49 AM

These pictures show what the human spirit can accomplish when people work
together. It is so very impressive.
My husband and I keep wondering what happens to all the sand bags when the
threat of flooding is over. Do they get emptied and stored someplace????

Posted by S. Leahy April 6, 09 12:03 PM

I'm glad to see people working together, that's the way it should be. But If you watch a documentary of "When the Levees Broke" about hurricane Katrina for more of those people that say different area different people, there was teamwork in trying to help those less fortunate that had no means. There was actually a man that held his wife in her wheel chair on the roof of their house for 3 days waiting for someone to come help and our poor excuse of a President, Bush, didn't even step foot or call for help until it was too late. The man had to let his wife drown. Who was there to help the ones that had no transportation. No body.

Posted by Anonymous April 6, 09 12:26 PM

Our hearts and prayers are certainly with each of you there in Fargo, ND. I can't even imagine going through this but I'm proud to see that everyone is there for each other.
... Hey! I watch the news constantly and I also salute all of you for your heroic efforts and your seemingly wonderful spirit of love and compassion as well as your positive attitude of working together & sharing each other's dilemma!! You are all true heroes!!!
I have the greatest respect for the efforts, warmth and high spirits of the flood victims of ND and surrounding areas!!! You are truly amazing. Having read some of the comments of people in many, many other areas of the United States, it is so amazing and gratifying to me as to how many times people mention that they are praying for God's protection over these people which serves as a wonderful testimony that many people DO believe in and are trusting in the one and only True God of Heaven for deliverance and protection. I am also so pleased to hear that there is no looting, etc. in the flood area. This is amazing and truly a blessing to hear this testimony.
I pray that all will be well with everyone there and that you will TRUST IN GOD FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS. YOUR MOST PRESSING NEED IS TO TURN TO THE LORD AND TRUST IN HIM FOR SALVATION.
I truly liked this quote from another person in the COMMENTS section here ~
Think on this: Remember GOD always stays in control!!! You do your best... and HE will do the rest!! MOST DEFINITELY!
Dated: 04/06/2009~

Posted by 04/06/2009 ~ POSTED BY "JO" FROM THE GREAT NATURAL STATE OF ARKANSAS!!! April 6, 09 01:10 PM

In response to 1107--> We are not Canadians (not that I have anything against Canadians). I am a proud American and would like to be referred to as one. Thank you.

Posted by Proud American April 6, 09 01:18 PM

Bula from Fiji.
I am proud to be an American. The photographs contrast recent floods in Fiji where many waited around for someone to send aid. The Fijians however are the among the friendliest people in the world. Would I trade a Fijian smile for the North Dakota work ethic? Not today.

Posted by Alex April 6, 09 01:25 PM

I think your comparison to katrina is sick. Although this brings great sadness. Not all people are bad. So its disgusting and racist to say that all people in Lousiana derserved it, and that they are not lawabiding.

So many elderly lost there lives, because they had no one to get them out. So are they bad too?

Posted by Victor April 6, 09 02:00 PM

What a great display of True American spirit. You N. Dakotians make us all proud to be Americans.

Posted by T. R. Opdahl April 6, 09 02:06 PM

wow i hope everything is going to be ok there well god bless you all in n.d.

Posted by aryanna April 6, 09 02:45 PM

God's love is helping others. I pray you keep the strength and good health, in this time of need, to help your fellow man. God's blessings to all of you.

Posted by Sharon M. Stedman April 6, 09 03:16 PM

I will keep you all in my prays that this will pass soon and that you all will find a way to raise your homes to safer grounds so that this may never happen again. I will pray that you and your community will be safe from this cold and floods that seem to be in your area and last but not least I pray that those who are Volunteering will be strong and able to preform what task is at hand to help you in this hour of need, as I was a Volunteer years ago before my health got worse, I got to sick in my lungs from mold when I was on a ARC and had to retire after 20 years of Volunteering. So yes I will pray for all of you. Lucky

Posted by Lucky Davis April 6, 09 03:37 PM

I've been out of work, like thousands of others, and spending some of that time "whining" about "poor me!" I suppose that is par for the course, but after looking at the pictures and reading some of the comments, I can't tell you how there is just a whole lot of us that need to "suck it up" and know that what everyone is pulling together and doing in Fargo, and all of North Dakota, is a phenominal example of what this country was built on and why we have enjoyed our lives and freedom the way we have been able to do! The people of North Dakota, you make me very Proud, and make me understand better things are ahead for all of us!

Posted by B. Blue April 6, 09 04:11 PM

I am saddened to see what has happened to this city, and state. I have all the families in my prayers. Please be safe.

Posted by Sherlyn April 6, 09 04:25 PM

My hat is off to all the very hard working and generous people involved in this natural disaster. By the discriptions in the article it is very clear that the wonderful people do indeed display the midwestern and canadian spirit of digging in and getting the job done and not whining and waiting for some one else to take care of them. I am tired of hearing , still today about the hardships of New Orleans. I hope they take a look north and see what is humanly possible if you truly want it !
God will bless you all and hold you in the palm of His Hand.

Posted by PMB April 6, 09 04:38 PM

Having read many of these comments, I have only one thing to add. Every disaster in America is an opportunity for people to show their true character. No matter what the tragedy is or where the tragedy is, each person affected chooses how he or she will react. When all is all said and done, each one of us has to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask, "Did I rise up to the challenge or did I crumble under it?" Our personal response is between each of us and God. How we empathize with people affecting by disasters on any scale is also a testament of our personal character. I am from North Dakota. Fortunately, I have not had to face the floods as many of my fellow North Dakotans have. However, I know that faced with their problem, I would have responded as they did. I would have done whatever necessary to save my city. That is my character. I am proud to be a North Dakotan and an American. I am proud of the work ethic, the compassion, and the sense of community that "most" North Dakotans share. My heart goes out to those who are facing the devastation of the current floods in our state. My heart goes out to anyone who faces disasters anywhere and anytime. As a country, it is the people who rise to the challenges that face us who make us strong. I pray that these people continue to outnumber those who crumble under pressure because only then will we, as a country, continue to be strong. God Bless North Dakota, and God Bless America!!

Posted by janice April 6, 09 05:08 PM

I have family in both Fargo and Drayton, ND. My brothers and their families mean the world to me and I can't imagine anything happening to them. Or anyone in the Red River areas. I want to thank everyone there helping out. I wish I could be doing the same. I hope you all continue to be safe. My heart and prayers are here for you. Thankyou, again.

Posted by Angie Giles April 6, 09 06:35 PM

My prayers are with you all.

Posted by olga April 6, 09 06:52 PM

Regarding 1144, as a North Dakotan, I grew up with the mythology: If you are from North Dakota or the Midwest in general, you can get a job anywhere you want. Now that I've lived all over the US, I have to ask, please don't promote mythology. There are hard-working and dedicated people everywhere. I now live in Florida, where there is little concept of what a "Dakotan" or "Minnesota" could possible be, and in fact individuals are just individuals. People in general will rise to an occasion, not just Midwesterners. So please, no back slapping - the nation is watching.

Posted by Glenna Blomquist April 6, 09 07:18 PM

All prayers and thoughts are out to all the familys. God Bless every single one of u. Reach out to GOD and he will help keep asking him and he sahll provide to u.Remember he holds every single one of us in his hands.

Posted by Peggy April 6, 09 08:43 PM

Looks like red bloodied Americans to me coming to the aid of friends and family.
Thank God their spirit is still alive and may He bless and keep each one safe.

Posted by Piper April 6, 09 08:49 PM

Response # 1188 is a good example of the entitlement mentality. Pres. Bush was no more responsible for the poor woman in a wheel chair drowning in New Orleans than Pres. Obama is for tossing sandbags in Fargo. It takes community effort, some local leadership and a lot of hard work.

The Good Lord uses adversity as a means of teaching us humans. May he grant us the grace to thank him and learn our lessons. May God be with the people in Fargo and Bless their efforts.
Franklin H..

Posted by Franklin H. April 6, 09 09:25 PM

this tells me that we really need a national water distribution system to flooding in various parts of the country. Excess water in one area could be diverted by pipe to other areas that are "dry" or "dryer".

Posted by Richard Fletcher April 6, 09 09:48 PM

When I was first in Fargo, ND about 30 years ago, I was totally impressed with the work ethic and fantastic friendliness of everybody I met. I was attending a regional meeting of 8 western states and these folks in Fargo put on the best conference of any of the other states with large cities. I am not surprised by the commitment and values of ND's and am privileged now to have relatives in ND. You all set the very best example for the rest of our great nation. Thank you. God's lavish blessings upon you.

Posted by Jerry I April 7, 09 12:08 AM

After looking through these pictures and so many more I've seen since the flood began and reading through so many of these comments...I have to say I'm quite touched. I'm from Minot, ND and while the flooding has not hit us, it has definitely hit quite close to home for me. I have many friends in Fargo, Grand Forks, and Moorhead and to see the pictures of everyone banding together makes me extremely proud to live in this state and call it home. I wish all the best for everyone in the affected areas and you've all been in my prayers. It's just amazing to see this kind of compassion for one another. Only in ND will you see that. You all are definitely heroes.

Posted by Christine J. April 7, 09 04:12 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you, and we truly care.
when one of our fellow countrymen hurt~we all hurt. Your love and concern for each other and examples of working together for the good of each and every one of your neighbors is remarkable, and a true example of the backbone of our beloved country and what it means to be an American. Please let us know how we can help. Murphy/Charlotte, NC

Posted by John & Brenda Manz April 7, 09 07:05 AM

My prayers are with everyone of you during this very difficult time. I could only imagine what your going through, especially during the winter months, and cold weather to deal with a flood. I pray that everyone will be safe and that you have a home to go back too.

However and for the rest of the comments about Louisiana. During Katrina, the hurricane hit Mississippi area and left the coast line terrible, people homes were destroyed and for them no where to go. They had it rough. But New Orleans people went through the part of flooding when the levy broke and flooded out the worst part of new orleans and my opinion they should never rebuild. People always poor mouthing about what they lost and what they had. If you had so much so whould have lived in a better place. All the black people want is government money and people that worked all of their life can't even rebuild today because of the greedy. I would revalidate New Orleans about the working person and the people that care not to work and living off of someone elses money, such as social security, medicare. That a damn shame people take advantage of the government and funds that are provide especially to rebuild their homes and they use to live in shacks and falling apart houses. I really can't understand the President and the government people to keep providing to people that never worked a day in their life and getting money because they are disable. Today it is so easy for someone not to work because it is so easy to get disability. The main people that need disability can not get it because the black has abused it so much the honest person can not get anything from government, because we don't poor mouth it.

I'm very sorry for North Dakota and proud of you sticking together to get through this, be proud to call yourself Americans. May GOD Bless you!

Posted by Destiny April 7, 09 09:09 AM

I am from the twin cities area, only about 5 hours away and even though we don't experience that down here, my heart cries out for all of you guys that are trying to do whatever it takes to save every structure that you can. Keep pushing yourselves! You all will be in my prayers! God bless! Keep your chins up, you will prevail!

Posted by Brad Halland April 7, 09 09:22 AM

OMG!! All the news I saw and heard on T.V. didn't do THIS justice. Why couldn't
the folks pull together like these people did when Katrina hit? This made me
feel really good. I just wish I could've been there to help. I'd probably have had
a heart attack at my age,...but DAMN! It'd been worth it. Goes to show you how
Americans pull together in times of trouble. God Bless ALL those folks in N.Dakota!!

Posted by Tom Scarpato April 7, 09 10:18 AM

Where's the looting??Were's the gun play?? mean all people don't riot, loot and play Wyatt Earp? What about the threats? Where's Al Sharpton? Were's the checks? How about the Visa cards. Damnit where are the Handouts? Free everything. Were are the excuses and the blaming of everyone in government? This is all George Bush's fault! He caused global warming! He caused the Red River to flood. I'm sure Dick Cheaney had some part in all of this. Where is Al Gore? That's what we need. Somebody get on the horn and call Al Sharpton and Al Gore.

Posted by Rick Edwards April 7, 09 11:18 AM

I am praying for all of you at this difficult time in your life. May God bless all of you.

Posted by Dolores Mansfield April 7, 09 11:18 AM


Posted by DIANA NARANJO ERAZO April 7, 09 11:19 AM

#1203 We have lived in many states with my husband having grown up in North Dakota and retiring in the armed forces now with another company that transfers him to different states,and the comment is still there is people are brought up with great work ethic in North Dakota or midwest in general. I know of many other states where people put their hunting, fishing, sports or luxury time before their jobs. Generally they were the ones that could never hold down a job. There is alot of great work ethic that comes out of North Dakota, people are seeing that in their efforts with helping each other out during the flooding up there. God Bless you all!

Posted by Linda April 7, 09 11:21 AM


Posted by E.Molineaux - Sacramento,CA April 7, 09 12:03 PM

Well I have lived in North Dakota Most of my life we moved back when I was 4 years old & have been here eversince. I am so proud of all of my fellow North Dakotans for their hard work. I was here when the flood happened about 10-12 years ago & I remember how hard it was on a lot of people. It is hard for my family because my sister was in Fargo going to school & had to be evacuated. But I am so proud of her she worked 7-8 hour days along with her friends for about a week just sandbaging. I will pray for my fellow North Dakotans & I Hope that the families in Fargo are safe & they wont have to come home to a disaster. I love North Dakota & wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I am glad I was raised in such a wonderful place & look forward to raising my baby here. I am glad we North Dakotans have pulled together in such a hard time & helped those who have lost everything & to those who are new & have never experienced this before. Keep Up the amazing work North Dakota show the rest of the country what we are made of & how we are 'One Nation Under God'. We will come out of this tradgedy just keep believing.

Posted by Christina of Dickinson, ND April 7, 09 12:06 PM

The fine people of NO and the gulf coast know who and what the rough comments are about. When you are brought up with hard working ethics and morals, and when you know you can rely on your neighbor and community in times of need , you know you are the heart of this great country. On the other hand, when you are raised, generation to generation to live of of other people's hard work, and expect the government to feed you, house you, clothes, you can only expect to get what you got in NO. These are the same people that your president wants to take more of your hard earned money and give it to.. It's called buying votes.

Posted by Rick April 7, 09 12:09 PM


Posted by PAUL THORESON April 7, 09 12:31 PM

My prayers are with everyone that went through this or helped in this difficult time and may God keep and watch over you.

Posted by praying for you in Texas April 7, 09 12:41 PM

My hat off to all the people who helped during this terrible time, esp. all the school kids and college kids, ''your all a great bunch''...and to the people fromother towns and drove to Breckenridge/Wahpeton and Fargo/ Moorhead to lend a helping hand to any of us who needed them....
To the ladies that put out meals for all the ones out there lifting those heavy sand bags, and building those dikes to save homes...To everyone who helped in any little or big way....
A flood is no ''fun'' what so ever.............a grandma in Breckenridge

Posted by HELEN OLTHOFF April 7, 09 01:11 PM

Commenting here from Moorhead, just a block from the river. I have to say I'm honored and humbled to see the 1200+ comments on these photos so far. Fargo Moorhead is a tremendous community, in the best sense of the word. We'll be back on the front lines Thursday, raising the 88 miles of dikes another foot to beat back the second crest. I'm looking forward to the shoulder-to-shoulder comeraderie -- there's nothing like lending a hand to raise your spirits. Bless you all!

Posted by DakotaJay April 7, 09 01:37 PM

i think people should stop worrying about fargo so much and come help there neighbors like kindred and hilsburo

Posted by chad hehn April 7, 09 01:41 PM

I am from western N.D. and have moved to Rochester Minn. and I would like to say that I'm very proud of the people of both N.D. & Minn. for all there work. You are very special people and I pray that God will bless all your efforts to help each other. I know that there are a lot of college students from other states that were there helping with the sand bagging as well. Posted by Don April 7th 2009.

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Posted by DEE GRAHAM MYRTLE BEACH SC April 7, 09 02:25 PM

I was born and raised in Fargo and most of my family is in the Fargo Moorhead area fighting to win this battle. I am so proud of everyone up there. They are working so hard not as individuals but as a community. I wish I could be there helping out but all I can do is pray and hope that all their efforts will be enough. Finally the Nation is seeing what I have always known about N.Dakotans, we are stronger untited than divided and victory means nothing without each other. Their strength is in GOD and each other. If you quit then your neighbor is hurt.

Posted by Stacie April 7, 09 03:30 PM

Contrast this outpouring of volunteers working so hard for their neighbors to the debauble in New Orleans after Katrina.

Posted by Judy Buettner April 7, 09 03:41 PM

It isn't too surprising that this is the type of response you get when tragedy happens to a group of people who for the most part are probably accustomed to working for a living and believing that "If it is to be it is up to me, not just the government". Without spending the time to research the demographics of Fargo and New Orleans, I bet I could make some pretty accurate guesses about the residents of these two disaster areas by the ways in which they responded to a crisis! Fantastic Photojournalism! God Bless them all!!!

Posted by Steve Olejnik April 7, 09 04:17 PM

What is wrong with you people? I live in South Florida and I was here when hurricane Katrina came through, and I remember saying to myself where ever she is going the people better run and HIDE. If you have never felt the fury of a hurricane DO NOT GUDGE!