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Forum topic by Mark Shymanski posted 1947 days ago 1198 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shymanski

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1947 days ago

Hello All,

Looks like I’m spending the day bailing water out of my window wells as this downpour continues…. ground is too frozen to absorb anything so its just ponding and looking for low spots (like my basement) to flow into.

I understand that North Dakota is gearing up for some pretty severe flooding, I was wondering if there are any LJs in the Red River valley and how they are fairing.

I’m not in the Red’s valley (like I was in ‘97) but because of where I work I will probably be involved again if we get anther “Flood of the Century”. Its a new century I guess so I guess we can have another massive flood?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2


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lew

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#1 posted 1947 days ago

Mark,

Not in ND or Red River Valley, but man I can feel your pain! Bailing water, buying sump pumps and adding more drain pipes have happened in my basement workshop more time than I care to think about.

Good Luck with the cleanup, buddy.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 1947 days ago

Well I seem to have lucked out and have managed to redirect the worst flow away from the house. So far all I have had to do is use the steam cleaner to suck up the water that leaked in before I started bailing.

Man is it raining hard though, I hope this isn’t to wide spread, although I heard it was part of a Colorado low moving up so there could be a lot of water being dumped in the basin. Here is hoping that all the dikes along the Red hold.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Karson

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#3 posted 1947 days ago

Hope everything Works out OK.

I’ve been there and it’s not fun.

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#4 posted 1947 days ago

I live at the end of a culdesac at the downhill end of the street, so every time it rains I have a river running through my back yard. Luckily it passes me by.

Good luck with your bailing!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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bowyer

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#5 posted 1947 days ago

Best of luck!!!! I used to test oil wells in the bad lands of ND in the mid eighties, I know how interesting it can get this time of the year.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 1947 days ago

Thanks all

Scoop, lift…turn…dump
Scoop, lift…turn…dump
Scoop, lift…turn…dump :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 1947 days ago

I live in Grand Forks which is 75 miles north of Fargo in ND. We have a new dike and levy system so I think we’re going to be fine. Fargo’s going to flood a little but it won’t be anything like ‘97. National Guard units have been activated to sandbag. This will be our first big test for the dikes. I lost my house and nearly everything I owned in ‘97 so I pray the damage is minimal.

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 1947 days ago

I’m with you on that. I was part of the federal response here in Manitoba and remember the heartache of a lot of folks who lost homes and other property.

Scoop, lift…turn…dump

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 1947 days ago

Hi Mark!
Here in Winnipeg, the threats of flooding grow more ominous by the day…despite the Red River floodway which was expanded and dug deeper last year to detour the river overflow around the city. I just can’t get used to the thought of a river flowing northward! At Lockport it is still thick ice, and Selkirk further north is still frozen solid and I say this for the benefit of those who aren’t familiar with the Red River, between MN and ND, flowing northward into Canada. Yeah, localMac, the flooding in ND in ‘97 was simply astounding! I understand ALL of EGF was lost, too! I’ve only seen pictures. Cabela’s is nice, but for the water to get that high is amazing. We planned to shop Fargo over Easter, but the roads are likely to be closed for flooding at exactly that time.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 1947 days ago

It’s a bad year.
I llive on the riverbank and its frezing and thawing here and the water has no place to go over frozen ground. Today another 4” of snow. – March 22.

This could be a bad water year.

Bob

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Betsy

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#11 posted 1947 days ago

My brother lives in Fargo. Just spoke to them – they’ve been filling sand bags at “sand bag central” all weekend. The goal apparently is 3 million sand bags. Hopefully there won’t be a repeat of ‘97 – but they are getting prepared. Good luck to all.

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Mark Shymanski

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#12 posted 1947 days ago

Poopiekat, has it been raining there? We’ve had rain all day here in Brandon with easily 5 cm accumulation.

Bob#2 is there much risk of flooding up your way? I’m not at all familiar with the topography around Edmonton.

I hope your brother gets all the sandbags he needs Betsy.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Bob #2

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#13 posted 1946 days ago

Our river( the Saskatchewan) here is in a deep 2- 300 foot valley so any flooding is on the flood plains closer to the current river.
What gets us with thes late springs is that the freez-thaw-freeze backs up surface water into basements as the drains are usually frozen and the eaves too making water back ups on the roof a problem.

Nothing even remotely similar to what you get over there near the Red river however.

Bob

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Woodchuck1957

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#14 posted 1946 days ago

The Missouri river seems to be doing ok, but that can change real quick if a ice jam occurs, there has been some small river flooding in the western half of the state.

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poopiekat

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#15 posted 1946 days ago

Hi again, Mark! And everyone,
We’ve had minimal rain, but I understand we’re getting 10 cm of snow tonight. I don’t have a sump pump, and I’m going to remove the paper filter from my wet/dry vac just in case…I’ve got a hundred glued-up panels downstairs at floor-level, maple and birch, and they’re goners if any water comes in. The amazing thing in this city is the large number of older homes which have the raingutter downspouts directly plumbed into the sewer systems, yes the downspouts enter the homes at the sills!! And in my neighborhood, the storm and sewer pipes are one and the same, incredible but true! So there is an exponential overload on the system. We’ll manage, most people are proactive about their most valuable possessions around these parts. This is the time of year when the Red River receives raw sewage when the treatment place gets overwhelmed with volume. Sometimes 60,000 gallons a day heading north to Lake Winnipeg.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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