STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER One Year Ago, The Minot Flood
I wrote this article about one year ago. I am reposted it as the one year anniversary of this devastating event is upon us.
Just three years ago, the thought ... Posted on 6/20/12 at 1:38 PM
I get upset with letters like Richard Betting’s in The Jamestown Sun on April 22. The thought seems to be blame the farmers. The Red, Sheyenne and James rivers just broke records established approximately 100 years ago. I don’t believe there was much drainage then and I know there were not hundreds of acres of concrete and asphalt along the rivers.
Kent and Jan Lahren have a cattle operation west of Walcott. They say the National Guard, friends and relatives helped them save their farm home. Water was only a foot from the home when a dike went up.
The Red River Valley contains some of the world’s finest farmland. But there are signs, including comments by a top agricultural leader, that area farmers will need to make sacrifices to control future flooding. “The only way this is going to work, in my opinion, is if everybody gives up something, and that includes farmers,” said Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
“Why do people continue to build their homes so close to the river?” writes a commenter on a flood story in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
Asks another in a Minneapolis Star Tribune comment: “Why do people continue to rebuild in the same area that are likely to flood? Why fight Mother Nature?”
Let’s dispatch those criticisms once and for all.
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