Flood waters have receded to 37 feet. Flood stage is 18 feet.
Most businesses are open again. Today was our first full day of work in almost a week.
Most stuff is returning to normal.
Work was canceled today. I went anyway to take care of some IT stuff. Which basically meant flipping some breakers in case the water came up, but if you've ever seen Jurassic Park then you know how life threatening it can be...
Watched a spongebob marathon on tv today. There wasn't much flood related happening. Sandbagging has stopped. Roads are open again. It even looks like the river has crested. It peaked just under 41 feet and has gone down slowly since.
Nothing to do now but wait.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...