This past winter in Minnesota, we have had a lot of snow. On top of that, we’ve had an almost record amount of below 0° F days. This weekend, the forecast is currently showing a high of 42° F on Sunday. Snow is gonna melt. I couldn’t be more excited. Except, every year, the folks in the Red River Valley seem to be unprepared for this eventuality.
For those unfamiliar with the Red River Valley, it’s a river that starts on Minnesota’s western border just north of where North Dakota and South Dakota meet. The river then runs north, as opposed to south, passing through Fargo, Grand Forks and Winnipeg. Now, imagine a very flat area. An area so flat that locals joke that an electric pole is the only tree you’ll see. And on this flat surface is a river that runs north towards a usually even colder area. This river is now fed by a lot of melting snow which doesn’t have many places to go due to permafrost and flatness. Then people have decided to live along this river.
The last 4 out of 5 years, this river has flooded. And while the Army Corps of Engineers just had their funding upped, it might be a bit too late for this year.
So, I’m asking, nay, pleading with the folks up there. Start sandbagging now. It’s going to happen this year. Yes, we typically like to wait until the last minute. I just don’t want to see a repeat from 1997.