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Published April 06, 2009, 12:04 AM

Forum editorial: Bouquets for work in the flood

Editor’s note: Our request last week for Prairie Roses associated with the Red River Valley flood generated an overwhelming response. Here are a few of the many we received:

Editor’s note: Our request last week for Prairie Roses associated with the Red River Valley flood generated an overwhelming response. Here are a few of the many we received:


PRAIRIE ROSES (from Mayville, N.D.): To the students of Mayville State University who jumped into action on sandbag duty when the Goose River moved above flood stage. While many students made the trek to Fargo-Moorhead to help with the effort along the Red River, others went to work in Mayville. They proved once again that young people, who often get a bad rap, know when it’s time to step up.


PRAIRIE ROSES (from Moorhead): To the heavy-equipment operators and truck drivers who worked day and night prior to and during the flood to build and reinforce dikes and levees along the river, city drains and other vulnerable areas during the flood. Sure, they got paid, but the hours were long and they accomplished a huge job on little or no sleep for several days. Without them, flood protection would be impossible.


PRAIRIE ROSES (from Fargo): To the amazing number of international students, primarily from North Dakota State University, who volunteered for flood duty. They were from China, Pakistan, India, Africa and other nations. Many did not have adequate clothing to work in the cold, but went out anyway and came back soaked and dirty, but with smiles on their faces and a good feeling for having helped. Clearly, the human spirit transcends political and ethnic lines when a job needs to be done.


PRAIRIE ROSES (from Fargo): To Fargo firefighters, who in the frenetic pace of preparing to fight the flood might not have received the attention they deserve. They were among the front-line forces keeping the cities safe during the flood crisis. They were available not only for special flood-fighting duty, but also on alert for fires. They had to be especially attuned to the situation because so many major thoroughfares were blocked by levees or construction equipment.


PRAIRIE ROSES (from Fargo): To Fargo City Administrator Pat Zavoral, whose ideas (Sandbag Central, Fargodome sandbagging operations, for example) were crucial to the successful effort to hold back the waters of the Red River. In sports parlance, Zavoral is among those city officials who see the whole field. His steady hand helped keep the complicated flood fight on track. As usual, good work.


PRAIRIE ROSES (from Moorhead): To all who worked at emergency call centers, with special recognition to K.C. Cummings at the Evacuation Call Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She coordinated the center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and often into the night, sometimes grabbing a few winks on a couch down the hall. She handled herself and the center in a calm and professional manner, just what was needed as parts of Moorhead were evacuated.


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