Monday, March 23, 2009

Looking a Bit Ominous

Let me just clarify that the weather we have been receiving in the past couple weeks is atypical North Dakota winter/spring weather. I have lived in ND for the last 28 years, my whole life, and have never seen weather like this before.

Last night, we received a couple inches of rain with 40-50mph wind gusts. At 3am I was shaken from a deep slumber due to a rattling noise coming from the top of my house. I thought it was possibly a loose gutter, but as far as I can see, everything is still intact. The noise is still present, but not as bad as it was this morning.

This flood was the topic of conversation all over work today. Many teachers were absent, dealing with flood issues around their own homes as some of them live close to the Red River. Many people were discussing whether or not it was going to be as bad as or worse than the 97 flood. The way I look at it, a lot of preparedness has taken place and it's just a race against the clock now.

This afternoon I played with my sump pump a little, trying to see if it worked. I filled the whole with water, well over the sump pump, and knew something wasn't right. I then asked my uncle in town if he would be willing to come take a look at it. He determined it was dead, helped me pick out a new one, and installed it for me. I will sleep better tonight knowing that my sump pump works. I am truly grateful for his help.


Currently, the entire state of ND is under a Flood Warning. On top of that, a snow storm bringing a possible 8-10 inches is expected to hit in in the next day or so.


The Missouri River, that runs through Bismarck, is also increasing at a rapid pace. My parents, who live not too far off the river just south of Bismarck, chose to stay in town with relatives tonight. A voluntary evacuation was given to those who live in that area. Supposedly the canal that runs just south of their house had water levels about a foot from the road, which is extremely unusual.

This weather on top of these conditions is looking a bit ominous. It's pouring rain again right now. And, I hear thunder.

I am not liking this weather. one. bit.

16 comments:

Marlene said...

All of that sounds pretty scary! Be safe! I'll keep my fingers crossed that things don't get too bad.

I Run for Fun said...

That sounds terrible. Stay safe and keep posting!

Carly said...

Stay safe! I have been hearing lots about this on the news.

Blaine and Steph said...

You can add that your sister is staying in SD where there is TORNADO watch and FLOOD warning. WHAT IS UP WITH THIS WEATHER?!?!

Neese said...

i'm so sorry. stay safe and keep being smart like you have been (yay new sump pump!)

Blyfinn said...

That sounds horrible. Be safe up there.

kelsalynn said...

haha, no, Jo-Jo is our cat, and she bats the candy wrappers around the tile floor and she accidentally bats them under the couch and she's too big to get them out. lol

kelsalynn said...

oh man, I sure am glad that you thought to look at your sump pump ahead of time. You are one smart cookie.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

glad you figured out that you needed a new sump pump and got that taken care of. stay safe!

Borsch said...

I like the new look!

I hope you are save from flooding! And the new sump pump does its job!

AKA Alice said...

Take care of yourself...and keep us posted as to how you're doing.

Shannon said...

I hope you and your house are safe.

aron said...

:( stay safe girl!!!

Wes said...

Still thinking about you girl! Hang in there!!!

Ms. V. said...

That so rots. Hang in there.

Anne said...

These are certainly trying times for you and everyone around you. Geez, no wonder North Dakota is faring better than other states in this recession -- you're all too worried about being underwater to worry about going underwater.