Red River crest forecast up a foot at Fargo-Moorhead

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 5, 2011 - 8:18 PM

Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland warned people to take advantage of the calm before weekend storms to pile up sandbags.

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lustig69Apr. 6, 11 7:29 AM

What does a photo of 2 people standing by a bridge in Minneapolis have ANYTHING to do with this article on flooding in Fargo-Moorhead??? Great job!

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treddleApr. 6, 11 8:07 AM

If you believe, as I do, that gov't does have a moral responsibility to the greater good of all Minnesotans; ALL cities, villages, and homes that are in a flood zone must be forced to move out of the flood zone. Say to the 500 year flood mark. Just as gov't took away the rights of the taxpayers in Hennepin County to vote for or against a stadium, the gov't can take away these properties through the zoning and condemnation process. Think of the cost savings over the next 100 years if those properties did not have to be sandbagged. Think of the lives we could save.

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budgoodApr. 6, 11 8:30 AM

what a terrible and misleading headline and article. we're going to be ok up here, it's doubtful we'll reach the 39.5 mark, unless we get a bunch of rain. stay tuned.

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dolphusApr. 6, 11 8:41 AM

2011 reruns. The Red R. floods almost every year. This isn't news. It's just blatant stupidity that the people of the area haven't entered into a program to move buildings out of the floodplain. They aren't going to get the farmers to quit tiling more wetlands so they can expect this every year unless we have a drought.

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rayoflightApr. 6, 1111:01 AM

If you keep collecting govt assistance because you want to live or have a business where it floods you should not receive taxpayer assisted insurance. This is worse than people who have children to receive welfare.

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GrallyApr. 6, 1111:39 AM

I thought it was Jason Kubel maybe with a fan out at Niagara Falls during their NY trip!! Guess not.

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pajamashApr. 6, 1112:19 PM

@dolphus - http://www.climatestations.com/images/stories/minneapolis/mspprcp.gif also http://www.longrangeweather.com/1600ad.htm Historically we have wet-dry cycles that show a cycle time of approx. 50 years. We are currently coming to the end of the current 50 year wet cycle. I am skeptical that the current wet cycle will last another 10 years. I was thinking more in the lines of 3 to 5 years until we cycle into the dryer period. Your comment regarding tilling is a bit to harsh as well. Since the Dust Bowl days the Federal Governemnt has worked to decrease the number of acres tilled. Groups like Ducks Unlimited have done a wonderful job as well with nearly 200,000 acres conserved.

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mcgibbansApr. 6, 1112:32 PM

Pajamash- Farmers did not install drain tile in their fields in the Dust Bowl days. Nice try though. The Dust Bowl was caused by over-clearing land of trees and not leaving proper windbreaks to keep the topsoil from traveling great distances. That combined with a prolonged 4 year drought turned the Midwest into a huge, well dust bowl.

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pajamashApr. 6, 11 2:28 PM

McGibbans - As usual you have an acerbic tongue. I didn't write that drain tiles were the reason for the Dust Bowl. I wrote: "Since the Dust Bowl days the Federal Governemnt has worked to decrease the number of acres tilled." Take a look at the history of flooding in Minnesota. It is not something that is new along the Red River or the Minnesota (on the Minnesota River statistically there is a major flood at least once per decade) or any river for that matter. Not sure what you mean by "nice try" since my comment had little to do with drain tiles except to point out to dolphus that flooding is much more complex an issue than just drain tiles and to point out that the Fed, state and local officials as well as private groups, like Ducks Unlimited, have done great work with regard to the environment. The wet cycle we are in has a great impact on the flooding that has been happening in recent years and it is a cyclical thing. Look at the web sites I listed. The Long Range Weather.com site allows one to look back centuries regarding precipitation patterns and shows that we go thru these cycles on a regular basis.

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dvparrotheadApr. 6, 11 3:50 PM

Yep, let's move these towns and cities out of the flood plain. Let's start with Minneapolis and St. Paul, there, treddle. After all, that's what you're saying, since those two are facing flooding as well.

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