Major cities spared as Red River crests

Major cities spared as Red River crests

There are 4 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 10, 2011, titled Major cities spared as Red River crests. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Red River Valley flood fight shifted Sunday from the cities of Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., to rural areas north of the north-flowing river, which crested Saturday night in Fargo at its fourth highest level in recorded history.

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DirtyOldTown

Kilkenny, MN

#1 Apr 11, 2011
If you were responsible enough to buy land on high ground...would you resent that a ton of your tax dollars go to rescue efforts every other year?
Tanaquil

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Apr 12, 2011
There is effectively zero "high ground" in Fargo or any of the surrounding area. It's in the middle of an ancient and incredibly flat lake bed that covered thousands of square miles. Oh, and it's excellent farmland, so you can't expect it to be completely uninhabited unless you like the idea of going hungry or paying way more for food.

If you are referring to those of us who don't live anywhere near Fargo, I guess the answer is "yes, I am resentful of my precious tax dollars going to fund their poor decision making" if I can also be resentful of those who live in zones prone to earthquakes, mudslides, wildfires, hurricanes, nuclear disaster, tsunamis, terrorist attacks, and drought. In other words, the majority of the population.

Not to mention, the flooding in Fargo is a recent issue - yes, the river reaches "flood stage" frequently, but thanks to the dike system that is an absolutely meaningless term. What do you expect people to do - walk away from their homes and jobs and ruin their credit over what everyone thinks and hopes is a temporary problem? Something that has happened three times in the last ten years, and *once* in the hundred years preceding that?

Do people in Fargo laugh at you for living in "Murderapolis" and say that if you get shot randomly one day, you deserve what you get for living there? Well, actually, they probably do...

But it's always easiest to blame the victim, as it gives you a false sense of security, so keep it up.
Tanaquil

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Apr 12, 2011
Oops. I guess Topix doesn't like the "d" word. I should have said levy.
DirtyOldTown

Kilkenny, MN

#4 Apr 12, 2011
Tanaquil wrote:
Oops. I guess Topix doesn't like the "d" word. I should have said levy.
Forgive me for asking a question. I forgive you for drawing unfounded conclusions about my opinion.

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