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Published March 15, 2010, 12:00 AM

2010 Flooding

Photos from the 2010 Spring Flood


Stephanie and Chad in Wahpeton/Breckenridge.

  • Stephanie and Chad in Wahpeton/Breckenridge.
  • Taken on March 14th in Breckenridge, MN<br /><br />Photos courtesy of Jason Meyer
  • Taken March 15th in Breckenridge, MN.<br /><br />Photos courtesy of Jason Meyer
  • Lion's Park in Breckenridge, MN<br /><br />Photos courtesy of Jason Meyer
  • Near River Side Cemetery in south Breckenridge<br /><br />Photos courtesy of Jason Meyer
  • Stephanie and Chad in Wahpeton/Breckenridge.
  • Stephanie and Chad in Wahpeton/Breckenridge.
  • Stephanie and Chad in Wahpeton/Breckenridge.
  • Stephanie and Chad in Wahpeton/Breckenridge.
  • The Red River as seen from the Moorhead Center Mall parking ramp on March 15, 2010. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
  • Brian Witthoeft and his son, Nick, transport sandbags in an ATV to lay a base around their 44 1/2 foot flood wall built around their south Moorhead, Minn. home while the Red River, upper left, rises on Monday, March 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Jay Pickthorn)
  • Flood waters affect Interstate travel
  • Students help sandbag in South Fargo
  • Ice chunks, some 20 inches thick, actually floated their way around this bridge and rested on State Highway 200, just East of Ada.
  • The noise of contracting crews hauling in loads of earth, and using heavy equipment, doesn't bother the Dide family.
  • Vance Johnson's home is far from the waters of the Red River; his farm is about a mile east of the city. But he still has to watch the rising overland waters and wait anxiously for them to go down.
  • Denise Stevenson lives just feet from the mighty Red River.  She's watching crews build levees near her house.
  • Wilkin County is being caught off-guard by overland flooding.
  • With river levels quickly climbing, the flood fight has taken on a new level of intensity.
  • In a couple of days Jan and Trista Vagts expected water from this creek to start flowing over their driveway.  But no more than 10 minutes after we left, Trista called us back.  An ice jam in the creek turned this into this in that short time.
  • As Fargo scrambles to finish building temporary clay levees, the city is facing a new problem it doesn't need.  The moisture is forcing a delay in dike construction because truckers are getting stuck in mud in low lying or maintenance areas.
  • Just looking at the water behind me shows the magnitude of the ice buildup still in the Red River here in Wahpeton/Breckenridge and that's concerning local leaders.
  • City leaders tonight admitted to burning down a flood buyout home because it was in the way of a dike they wanted to build and they didn't get state permission to do it.
  • Ball fields at Mickelson Park that are normally irrigated by the Red River are now several feet below the river, Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in Fargo, N.D. The river continues to rise and is expected to crest Sunday. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
  • Mac Butler stands in what normally is his backyard as the Red River continues to rise at his Fargo, N.D. home Wednesday, March 17, 2010. Butler is no stranger to spring flooding since he has lived at the same residence for more than 25 years and is now preparing for his fourth flood. (AP photo by Jay Pickthorn)
  • Residents watch as the rising Red River covers a roadway Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in Fargo, N.D. The river is expected to crest Sunday. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
  • Ball fields at Mickelson Park that are normally irrigated by the Red River are now several feet below the river, Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in Fargo, N.D. The river continues to rise and is expected to crest Sunday. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
  • Moorhead, Minn. resident Juneve Givers pauses during her morning walk to watch the Red River as it rises early Wednesday, March 17, 2010 morning in Moorhead, Minn. (AP Photo/Jay Pickthorn)
  • After a double-fatal rollover accident Tuesday where a dive team had to pull passengers out, authorities say the problem isn't just people swerving into these low-lying areas by accident, but those using it for some dangerous fun.
  • Wednesday, March 17th - Lindenwood Park.<br /><br />Courtesy of Jennifer Northington.
  • Wednesday, March 17th - Lindenwood Park.<br /><br />Courtesy of Jennifer Northington.
  • Wednesday, March 17th - Lindenwood Park.<br /><br />Courtesy of Jennifer Northington.
  • Wednesday, March 17th - Lindenwood Park.<br /><br />Courtesy of Jennifer Northington.
  • Wednesday, March 17th - Lindenwood Park.<br /><br />Courtesy of Jennifer Northington.
  • Wednesday, March 17th - Lindenwood Park.<br /><br />Courtesy of Jennifer Northington.
  • 9 homes got pre-evacuation warnings after the Absaraka Dam overflowed and began rapidly eroding the spillway, overflowing a neighborhood creek.
  • Photo submitted by: Shari Headlee Enger
  • Photo submitted by: Justin Waters
  • Submitted by: Justin Waters
  • A street light is submerged and surrounded by ice along the riverwalk of the Red River, Friday, March 19, 2010, in Moorhead, Minn. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
  • Brian Thomas, of Kragnes, Minn. uses a friend's boat to get to his car four miles away from his farm, Thursday, March 18, 2010. (AP Photos/John Flesher)
  • Jim Hanson's farm south of Fargo on the Wild Rice River.  Photo Courtesy of Jeff Hanson of Fergus Falls.
  • Here at Rail Line Ranch we have over 30 show paint horses. With the water flowing over the road we and the horses have been stuck here since Tuesday. The good news is that the water seems to be dropping.  Photos courtesy of Kasey Ussatis.
  • There is a little creek that runs though the ranch that usually flows about half the summer with the winter melt. Last year for the first time in 20 years the road went under 2 times. Photos courtesy of Kasey Ussatis.
  • By preserving this last remaining path, the Sweets hope to keep the lifeline of feed to 100 head of cattle open.
  • An aerial view of Fargo Moorhead when the Red River was cresting.  Photo courtesy of Vern Whitten
  • A similar aerial view of Fargo-Moorhead from the flood of 2009.  Photo courtesy of Vern Whitten
  • An aerial view of the Wild Rice River during 2010 flooding.  Photo courtesy of Vern Whitten
  • Nowhere is the "power of water" more evident than on our country roads, just a few miles of south and west of Fargo.
  • Water at Lake LaMoure reservoir continues to erode the spill way on Tuesday afternoon.  FEMA is there monitoring the Lake water flow.  Equipment and large sand bags were called in today to prepare to put them in the spill way.<br /><br /><br /><br />Photo Credit to: Gene Hanson, Edgeley
  • Water at Lake LaMoure reservoir continues to erode the spill way on Tuesday afternoon.  FEMA is there monitoring the Lake water flow.  Equipment and large sand bags were called in today to prepare to put them in the spill way.<br /><br /><br /><br />Photo Credit to: Gene Hanson, Edgeley
  • A look from the sky shows that the Fargo-Moorhead is holding back flood waters.  It's when you get to the outlying areas that the water really becomes visible.
  • It is hard to believe that just a few miles south of Fargo, families are dealing with floodwaters that are reaching levels and wiping out roads in a scene similar to last spring.
  • Two railroad employees, right, with the Dakota Missouri Valley Western Railroad survey the scene of a derailment shortly after two engines rolled down an embankment above Turtle Creek, Thursday, March 25, 2010 near Washburn, N.D. Authorities say one railroad worker has been killed and another hurt in a train derailment south of Washburn. (AP Photo/The Bismarck Tribune, Tom Stromme)
  • Overland flooding has claimed roads, farm yards, and some family's entrance and exit home.
  • A Sargent County man is being credited for saving another man's life after the hunter became trapped in freezing water.