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Bobcat Flood Efforts in Fargo/Moorhead

Discussion in 'Questions, Rules, Suggestions' started by Michael J. Donovan, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 986

  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    This is good to see. Now - Considering the folks in Washington have spent like 3 gozillion dollars in the past six weeks to "stimulate" the economy, I have a crazy thought. Is in completely unreasonable to consider widening/deepening these rivers in flood prone areas? Seems like that would actually show a return on investment for the federal government.
  3. Dustball

    Dustball Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    The problem is that the river flows north. The southern end thaws out and tries to drain north where everything is still frozen.
  4. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,594

    Nice to see Bobcat stepping up like that. Donating 40 machines gives the company some exposure and also shows good will.
  5. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 535

    Guys let me tell you, what Bobcat is doing can't be defined as GoodWill. They have sent their entire fleet of trucks to the effort. They are asking their inbound freight haulers to help out. If they could they would ship direct from the production line brand new machines. Bottom line is if they had it, they sent it even while their own communities are suffering flood damage.

    So the next time you are pricing a new skid steer and think the Bobcat is a little overpriced remember this. They cared and did something. I'll never forget it.
  6. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,521

    good call man
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,425

    Huh, go figure, nobody crying to the Feds and FEMA about helping, bitching about them not doing anything, etc. Just good old fashioned people working together to help themselves.

    This is the kind of stuff that makes America great, not the a-holes in Washington.

    :salute: ussmileyflag
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    Wow, good stuff.
  9. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 938

    I saw 2 of bobcats 18 wheelers hauling sandbags south on I-29 today with a police escort!! Way to go Bobcat! :salute::salute:

    Just to explane a little more what is going on here. We have had sevral river crest predictions over the last week and now the one they came out with tonight was not good. The river is now suppose to crest at around 42', worst case 43'. That is a new record for the Red River at Fargo. We have spent the last week building earthen dikes to protect the city. Then they change the crest prediction so we have to go back and build them higher. We have used pretty much every dirt pile in this town and now are starting to dig holes out in soccer fields of the local schools. We have built secondary dikes so if the main ones fail we still have a chance to get out. If you are cought out just driving around you will be arrested. You better be helping fight this flood or have a medical emergency, otherwise you better not be out driving. There is milatery and police on almost every corner in the city and they will ask you what your buisiness is and where you are going. To make things worse we had a 8 inch snow storm yesterday. Everyone wanted there parking lots plowed when there was dikes to be built with the equipment. Lets just say it has been a week from hell, and the worst isnt even here yet.
    But thanks to all the volenteers and to bobcat. I'll say this, If we go down, at least we went down fighting!!!
  10. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 535

    Dismal news tonight guys, they raised the flood crest to 42 ft and possibility of 43 and will remain there for several days. Announced evacuations for the Minnesota side in Moorhead, Oakport, Kragnes, and Georgetown. Parts of Fargo are being evacuated behind the dikes. The biggest hospital MerrittCare is being evacuated. 20,000 people are on the move tonight. North South roads are being closed so trucks are able to rush sand and sandbags to wear dikes fail. The federal government is here and trying to help. Coast Guard has 40 air boats and seven helocopters and a lot of people to make them work. Fema, Corp of Engineers weather service are doing their things. Air Force is flying in a lot of the portable dikes and providing all their engineering equipement. ND and MN guards are doing their things. Everybody is working together. I am afraid that if it happened on the east coast you would still be arguging about the color of the sandbags let alone filling them. There really isn't a good way to describe the magitude of what is being accomplished. Send prayers
  11. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 535

    forgot bobcat pictures
  12. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 535

    tired forgot to attach them but basically there are trucks bringing in sand and dumping them on the floor of the fargodome, hundreds of people filling them, palletizing them or loading them into rolloffs, or just carrying them to the waiting trucks which sit outside and then they haul them to wherever they need them. At anytime there is probably 60 trucks there doing something. Outfront school buses haul thousands of volunteers out to where the trucks deposit their loads and they carry them to the dikes . Outstanding work and no bitching about the weather, equipement or lousy hours




  13. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    Gives me shivers, hope it all works out for everyone that live there. Nice to see so many people stepup in a time of need.
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Wish I could help
  15. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 938

    heres a pretty cool video of what was going on in the fargodome.

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  16. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 535

    Hanging in there, Fargo has given orders to evacuate another area during the night and Moorhead has given orders in another area. Subteen weather is working to our advantage in that it is slowing the river intake down dramatically. However the negative impact is that the sandbags are freezing and making them ineffective and you have to make sure that your sump pump hoses don't freeze. Sunny today which is making a lot of people more positive, but a prediction of more snow for Monday.

    Prayers are probably the most helpful right now. I strongly suggest that you call your local officicals and ask them to pay attention to the situation and see something that is working. The code red telephone system has ensured that the maxium number of people are notified in a specific area with the least amount of manpower necessary. By the time that the police and NG get there, the majority of the people are packed up and moving. Code red phone system calls all the land line and cell phones in a specific area, you have to check that they have your phone no but it is a wonderful tool.
  17. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Something tells me you guys know what your doing:salute:
  18. nicksplowing

    nicksplowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,226

    :angel::angel:i hope everyone makes out ok up there your in our prayers in pennsylvania:angel::angel:
  19. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,195

    God luck, you can count on Canadian prayers also.
  20. 87chevy

    87chevy Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    I saw one Bobcat truck when I was there. Our FFA took a trip up. We sand bagged outside of Harwood. My cousin said they might evacuate that area now.... Still a good cause, I've been feelin it all day. Hopefully the Fargo/Moorhead area takes this summer to rebuild the dikes like GF did in 97. But until she crests I'm gunna keep praying for the people up there

    This ain't the first time
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2009