Friday, May 27, 2011

Fighting the Flood

It is the last day of school for kids here in Bismarck but all of the excitement for summer is being drowned out by flooding from the Missouri River. Residents of Bismarck/Mandan have been fighting hard all week to keep the waters at bay. Today, the Bismarck mayor called for even more volunteers because over two million sandbags are still needed. While it looks grim for some, they continue to hold out hope.

man-made dikes are becoming a common site in Bismarck-Mandan

Yesterday, the public was told of a plan to help save most of south Bismarck and others who live near the river from severe flooding. There are many residents though who live outside of their proposed plan. Some of them have already gotten water in their homes, others are packing up and leaving while others still continue to sandbag. This weekend it is supposed to rain and on Monday, the Army Core of Engineers will be releasing more water from Garrison Dam. It's hard to know what will happen after that.

I'm thankful we are here in North Bismarck where we don't have to worry about flooding. But we are worried about our friends and loved ones who are fighting to save their homes and who are looking elsewhere for a place to live. It also saddens me they had to close the zoo and evacuate all of the animals. That may seem minor but I know how much Faith was looking forward to going there for many visits this summer.

My husband who drives around making deliveries sees the anxiety in people's faces. Residents are constantly being told not to panic. Despite peoples fears, the community has pulled together to help those in need. Yesterday on the news, a National Guardsman said when he got the call to duty, he was so excited to help that he had his boots on before he even got off the phone. Last night, people met together at a local church to pray. It is amazing that the best in people is brought out in the worst situations.

Please continue to volunteer and do what you can. If you have physical limitations, make food for sandbagging crews, watch people's kids for them and most of all pray. For some it may seem like a lost cause but with God all things are possible.

1 comment:

  1. I was struck in the floods in Cumbria, England last year.

    I can sympathise with what the people of Bismarck are going through; You are soo right in that the community needs to pull together.

    "You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime.”

    At the very least, Teams can share the burden and divide the grief that the flood may have caused.