Ok, so for all of you that have been paying attention or saw the CNN, CBS, TWC, or ABC even… Minot, ND is flooding… BADLY.
They are trying to save the main road from the north side to the south side, they have built these huge dikes (and by huge we are seriously talking like 15′) on the sides of the roads to keep the river from taking over the town. Other towns have been wiped out already. Apparently Canada has been destroyed as well. The news has a really hard time telling the difference between the Army National Guard and the Air Force. It’s pretty entertaining. On the downside, if that secondary dike crumbles or anything else, the entire valley will be wiped out. The estimate is about 10,000-12,000 people were evacuated and the really cool thing is that only 1000 or so are in shelters, everyone else has found somewhere to stay.
Anyway, we got a bunch of crazy AF wives on this base (myself included) who have a compulsion to volunteer/donate/save the world. Two days ago I went to the commissary and picked up 10 boxes of spaghetti (36 cents a box.. thank you coupons!) and it was turned into trays and trays of spaghetti. Yesterday was 500 sandwich bags and more spaghetti.
Today… well, I didn’t have anything to donate so I helped instead. We loaded up a lot of beef stir-fry and picked up donations from airman & family readiness to drop off at 2 locations. Location #1 was where all the honchos in town are meeting, eating, and possibly sleeping. Location #2 was the high school and 140 guardsman that needed to eat. We even got a police escort through closed streets to get the food down there, it was really cool.
During our police escort we drove over the broadway bridge and I knew the water had risen but I guess I didn’t realize just how much it had risen. I don’t know if I can concisely explain the feeling that hit me when I saw a house with water up to the roof. I don’t know if it was 1 story or 2, you couldn’t really tell but just seeing the water that high hit me. I heard myself gasp, I felt myself cover my mouth, and I felt the tears run down my face and the sobs that hit at the same time.
If you’re interested in watching this, https://www.facebook.com/kxnewsminot has 24 hour newscasts and live cameras and has done a fantastic job of covering this story. I will warn you, it’s like watching a train wreck in super slow motion.