People in Chrisan are saving personal belongingsFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- What would you take with you if you knew the flood might destroy all of your personal belongings?
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- What would you take with you if you knew the flood might destroy all of your personal belongings?
Some people in the Chrisan neighborhood south of Fargo, not protected by a dike, are asking themselves that question.
Pamela Larson- South Fargo Resident: “You open the basement door and water was right up to the top step.”
The flood of 2009, partially destroyed Pamela and Brian Larson's home. This picture showing proof of the Red River's Wrath.
Larson: The water at that point was coming in and there was nothing more he could do about it as far as saving it.
The family would safely leave their home, returning just two days later.
Larson: “All of my wedding dishes and china were downstairs, so after the flood we went and pulled everything and there was an inch of silt, river silt of everything.”
Pamela says the river's pressure burst their basement windows in 2009, but they have a new strategy in place.
Larson: “Some piece of metal that they're getting to fit in the window frame and then put plastic around the windows and this metal frame and then support it with sandbags.”
Nearly 4-years later and they're still working to refinish their basement - and maybe that's a blessing in disguise.
While crews are building a levee in the Chrisan neighborhood, the Larson's are on the wrong side of it. In order to make sure it's not déjà vu from 2009, they've taken extra steps to save personal belongings.
Larson: Any boxes that were paper we transferred into tubs and I made the kids take their childhood tubs home that they had all of their stuff in.
Now these tubs filled with memories sit ready, waiting to be rescued, if need be.
Pamela says she has items in storage sheds that she hasn't seen since the flood of 2009.