Posted by MataHarley on 28 March, 2009 at 3:59 pm. 9 comments already!


While we’ve all been engaging in political battle, I’ve been keeping an eye… as many have… on Fargo’s battle with Mother Nature. Having had my own personal experiences with flooding, as has Oregon in general, I know the adrenaline these citizens must be running on, hour after hour… day after day.

My heart pours out to them all. And yet, I salute their courage and sense of community as the town and Guard all joined together to build up a dam, and brace for the worst.

Makes you wonder why Obama needs his National Civilian Community Corp, eh?

Flood water threatens a home in Oxbow, North Dakota, on March 26. Water from the Red River is threatening to overtake Fargo, the largest city in the state.

The above photo comes from a story in the NY Daily News on how Obama was “monitoring”. Still, this didn’t stop the ever campaigning TOTUS/POTUS from getting in a few digs on his Saturday radio address by saying he’d avoid “Katrina-like missteps”… then reminding everyone about his economic plans and focus.

“Even as we face an economic crisis which demands our constant focus, forces of nature can also intervene in ways that create other crises to which we must respond – and respond urgently,” Obama said.

“I will continue to monitor [Mata add:… from Europe next week…] the situation carefully,” he pledged. “We will do what must be done to help.”

Boy… ain’t that going the extra mile. Like Bush was oblivious to Katrina? Cheap shot, and truly uncalled for. Especially since the ones truly derelict in their leadership duties were the local and state officials.

More photos showing what the sturdy Dakotans are up against… and remember, this water is icy cold! Something we Oregonians were spared with the warmer temps.

Downtown Fargo is seen at the Main Ave. bridge as the Red River continues to rise, Saturday, March 28, 2009, over Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

An rescue airboat moves down a flooded icy road as the Red River continues to rise, Saturday, March 28, 2009, over Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven, left, holds up a large bag designed to hold a ton of sand as he speaks at a news conference with Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, center, and Deputy Mayor Tim Mahoney Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

[Mata Musing: my back aches just looking at moving around that sand bag!]

And a MUST VISIT is to Dave Arntson’s site for amazing shots (i.e. the two below) Mr. Arntson is a professional photojournalist who works both North Dakota and Minnesota.

Rising flood waters threaten the Oak Creek neighborhood of Fargo.

Dozens of volunteers line the top of a dike as they add sandbags to the top in the Oak Grove neighborhood of Fargo.

Good luck, Fargo and other areas affected. We in the nation are pulling for you!

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