27
Mar
2009

Epic Flood: Day 5

posted Friday, March 27th 2009 at 5:15 PM by

So far so good.

The river is still rising, but significantly slower. No travel still within the city. After the evacuation of parts of Moorhead gridlocked traffic in the city, officials say that there should be no one traveling within the city. All non-essential persons should stay in their homes.

They've also said that the dikes have been built up high enough, and most all sandbagging has stopped.

The only thing to do now is to wait. The river will crest in the next 12 hours or so, and hopefully the sandbags hold.

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26
Mar
2009

Epic Flood: Day 4.5

posted Thursday, March 26th 2009 at 7:13 PM by

The National Weather Service now says the river level may reach 42 feet, and possibly 43 feet. Two feet higher than they said in their last report.

When I first heard that news I was out sandbagging trying to get everything up to 41 feet in a North Fargo neighborhood. Then, just before we were finished they said it was going to go even higher.

In a televised City of Fargo Commission meeting the city council voted to enact a travel ban and emergency evacuation procedures. Which makes me lucky because...

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25
Mar
2009

Epic Flood: Day 3

posted Wednesday, March 25th 2009 at 2:00 PM by

When it rains it pours.

Except when it snows. Like it did last night. Its still coming down now in fact. A no travel advisory has been posted for the entire state of North Dakota.

The river crest has been raised again by the National Weather Service to 40 feet, possibly 41 feet. The dike protecting downtown Fargo is being raised to 43 feet.

Except it should be noted that in the 1997 flood the National Weather Service was 5 feet off in predicting the flood.

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24
Mar
2009

Epic Flood: Day 2

posted Tuesday, March 24th 2009 at 3:30 PM by

No update from day 1 because that day was mostly spent sandbagging.

So far the river is creeping up on the houses closest to the river, and cutting off some folks who live in rural areas with overland flooding.

With the added rainfall we got in the last few days, the river is expected to crest a week sooner and higher than expected. It is also expected to crest higher than the historic 1997 flood. Most estimates of a 40 foot crest (or higher) would make this a record flood.

So far I've made the standard precautions...

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19
Mar
2009

water water everywhere!

posted Thursday, March 19th 2009 at 3:16 PM by

Well, not yet anyway, but soon. The government recently upgraded our flood condition to, well, whatever word they use for "biblical."

There is a 50/50 chance of the river cresting at 40 feet. Which would be a few inches higher than the 1997 epic flood...

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25
Feb
2009

da bears

posted Wednesday, February 25th 2009 at 7:24 PM by

So I'm watching this show on Animal Planet, "Human Prey: When Bears Attack." Which is pretty awesome, there's people who have survived bear attacks, and reenactments of their encounters.

The most interesting part is that the bear expert, some professor from some university. He's giving advice on bears, and what to do and what not to do when you're out of doors and in bear country.

But, he's wearing an eye patch...

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14
Feb
2009

old ladies

posted Saturday, February 14th 2009 at 12:08 PM by

Why do old women shave their eyebrows, then pencil new ones in? Nobody's eyebrows actually look like that. Besides, it looks stupid.

Thought of the moment:

Wouldn't it be cool to have caterpillars for eyebrows? No, not just bushy eyebrows... but actual caterpillars.

Of course you'd have to train them...

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2
Feb
2009

whiskey tango foxtrot

posted Monday, February 2nd 2009 at 6:17 PM by

I don't know how it happened, but my dishwasher caught fire.

Right. Dishwasher. Fire.

Actually I do know how it happened...

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27
Jan
2009

suck it, trabek

posted Tuesday, January 27th 2009 at 5:53 PM by

Got the mail today and found a larger than normal parcel. I opened it, and after unwrapping the hard cardboard shell I found...

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14
Jan
2009

uh, thing of the week

posted Wednesday, January 14th 2009 at 4:43 PM by

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan!!

I was recently introduced to this board game, and its AMAZING!

Wikipedia Article

According to Wikipedia, the game is a good family game because nobody is conquered or loses territory. Which is maybe why I like it because...

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