The flooding looks like it's going to be extremely bad in Fargo; I just heard that the low temps are causing breaches in the sandbag levees and that the record high water level may last as much as a week. So far, there's not much chatter about Grand Forks, which is downriver and had the nightmarish flood of 1997. For those not familiar with the problem, the Red River of the North flows north, so snowmelt always goes to where there's an ice jam. In 1997, East Grand Forks disappeared in the water and then, as a cruel joke, caught fire. That year, there was a call for help and one of the things needed was clean drinking water, so I volunteered to bring water from a bottling company near St. Cloud.
Just so I could say, "I brought water to a flood." I loved the irony.
This time, my wrist's too bad to be lifting sandbags. It sounds like they have enough volunteers at present.
The ice storm along the North Shore of Lake Superior appears to be worst exactly where all of the trail races are. Tettegouche, Finland, George H. Crosby-Manitou are closed until the debris can be cleared. The Upper Midwest Trail Runners have been planning to have a trail maintenance project this year and were thinking of the Superior Trail, as we have so many races there. Now there appears to be a real need. Expect a spring project for trail maintenace to be announced. Those with chainsaw certification will be especially valuable; there's a certification program starting soon, but I don't have the details.
Fisher's Big Wheel
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