The Western Plain's Wicked Weather

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  • April 1: Train cars are used to anchor a railroad bridge against the icy floodwaters of the Red River as it continues to rise in Oslo, Minn.
  • April 1: Icy floodwaters of the Red River as it continues to rise are seen covering farmland in Oslo, Minn. This is seen from an airboat, the only way to access most rural areas around Oslo, Minn.
  • April 1: An airboat driven by Rod Cote departs from a farm over icy floodwaters as the Red River continue to rise in Oslo, Minn. The only way to access the farm is by airboat.
  • April 1: An old rural farmhouse is surrounded by the icy floodwaters of the Red River as it continued to retreat in Oslo, Minn. The farm house is seen from an airbaot, the only way to acess most rural ares around Oslo, Minn.
  • March 31: Icicles ring a tree marking the crest of the Red River in the Forest River neighborhood of Fargo, N.D.
  • March 31: Ed Samuelson, left, and Curt Gebro attempt to salvage belongings from Red River floodwaters in Dick Knutson's basement in Fargo, N.D. The water was up to the ceiling and they are in the process of pumping it out.
  • March 31: Ed Samuelson attempts to salvage an antique gun collection from Red River floodwaters in Dick Knutson's basement in Fargo, N.D. They said the water was up to the ceiling and they are in the process of pumping it out.
  • March 31: Resident Scott Manthe talks on the phone as he stands on the snow covered earthen levee in blizzard conditions in Fargo, N.D., as Red River floodwaters continue to drop along 76th Ave. S. In the background members of the South Dakota National Guard patrol the levee.
  • March 31: Lt. Jared Durer with the South Dakota National Guard patrols the snow covered earthen levee in blizzard conditions as Red River floodwaters continue to drop along 76th Ave. S. in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 31, 2009: Sheriff's deputies head out into the blizzard after morning roll call in West Fargo, N.D.
  • March 31, 2009: Blinding, near white-out weather conditions make driving on Fargo roads hairy.
  • March 30: U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist Joel Galloway pilots a small boat past flooded homes in Moorhead, Minn. Weary residents welcomed the Red River's further retreat Monday but faced an approaching snowstorm expected to kick up wind-whipped waves that could threaten the sandbag levees they built to protect their city from a major flood.
  • March 30, 2009: In spite of the blizzard, trains are still running in Fargo.
  • March 30: A sign marking the area for a new park sits in a frozen field of flood water from the Red River in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 30, 2009: A flooded road in Cass County, N.D., north of Fargo
  • The great white North, otherwise known as Cass County's Route 11 near Fargo
  • March 30: A FOX News producer sits on a wall of sandbags in the backyard of a Fargo resident who has prepared for the rising Red River.
  • March 30: A Caterpillar bulldozer sits on top of a secondary levee in a neighborhood in downtown Fargo near the Red River, which is close to over-flowing it's banks.
  • March 30: This photo shows a flooded road in Cass County, which is north of Fargo.
  • March 30: This is an example of the frozen tundra occuring in North Dakota. This is a partially flooded, and frozen, road in Harwood, ND.
  • March 28: Downtown Fargo is seen at the Main Ave. bridge as the Red River continues to rise over Fargo, N.D.
  • March 28: Flooded homes are surrounded by floodwater as the Red River continues to rise over Fargo, N.D.
  • March 28: A tractor drives on a flooded road surrounded by ice covered floodwaters as Red River continues to rise in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 28: An American Bald Eagle flies over frosted treetops and floodwaters as the Red River continues to rise over Fargo, N.D.
  • March 28: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers trailer a boat from the flooding Red River in downtown Moorhead, Minn.
  • March 28: A rescue airboat moves down a flooded icy road as the Red River continues to rise over Fargo, N.D.
  • March 28: Icy floodwater overflows the banks of the Red River as the river continues to rise over Fargo, N.D.
  • March 28: Icy floodwater flows down a road as the Red River continues to rise over Fargo, N.D.
  • March 28: Flooded farm equipment is seen surrounded by floodwaters as the Red River continues to rise in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 27: Steam rises off Rose Creek near the Red River adjacent to a subdivision in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 27: Residents patrol the dikes in their neighborhoods where floodwaters from the Red River have backfilled into creeks, threatening their homes in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 27: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources personnel use an airboat to check on a burning home in Oakport Township,just north of Moorhead, Minn.
  • March 27: Homes along the Wild Rice River in South Fargo, N.D. near its confluence with the Red River.
  • March 27: Homes along the Red River, south of Fargo, N.D. are seen.
  • March 27: A home, first lost to the flood, burned to the ground along the Red River in the Oakport neighborhood north of Moorhead, Minn.
  • March 27: Firefighters and rescue personnel stand by as a home in Oakport Township, Minn. is engulfed by flames.
  • March 27: The Briarwood neighborhood of Fargo, N.D. is seen.
  • March 27: Homes along the Wild Rice River in South Fargo, N.D. near its confluence with the Red River, are seen.
  • March 27: Homes along the Red River, south of Fargo, N.D. are seen.
  • March 27: An entire flooded neighborhood is shown in this aerial photo taken near Fargo, N.D.
  • March 26: Volunteers made their way back to the road after volunteering to shore up the dike near Fargo, N.D. The river had risen to 40.32 feet early Friday- more than 22 feet above flood stage and inches more than the previous high water mark of 40.1 feet set April 7, 1897.
  • March 26: Elda Lutter of Eventide Lutheran Home boards a bus during an evacuation for the residents of the eleder care facility in Moorhead, Minn.
  • March 26: Floating ice and water is seen from the overflow of the Red River in Moorhead, Minn.
  • March 26: Volunteers formed a line to pass sandbags to shore up a home in anticipation of the Red River cresting near Fargo, N.D.
  • Houses in south Fargo, N.D., are ringed with sandbags as water from the Red River backs into their yards. Having avoided disaster during the flood of 1997, Fargo may be a victim of its own success.
  • In this Saturday, April 19, 1997 file photo, a church north of Fargo, N.D., sits in the floodwaters of the Red River. Having avoided disaster during the flood of 1997, Fargo may be a victim of its own success.
  • March 26: Volunteers work to strengthen a weak area in a sandbag wall near Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo, N.D., where floodwaters from the Red River have backfilled through Rose Creek threatening a many neighborhoods.
  • March 26: Bulldozers move clay to reinforce sandbag walls in a neighborhood near Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo, N.D., where floodwaters from the Red River have backfilled through Rose Creek threatening many neighborhoods.
  • March 26: Sara Litton describes how floodwaters have risen to threaten a neighborhood near Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 26: Neil Litton of Fargo, N.D., looks out the window as he takes in news just announced on the television that the projected crest of the Red River could be two feet higher than anticipated, jeopardizing his family's home in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 26: 11- Evelyn Radke is comforted by Anna Charles, right and Ves Marinov as she is evacuated with the rest of the residents at the Elim Rehab & Care Center.
  • March 26: Snow falls as Elenore Fetting, center, is helped to a van by Penny Christianson, left, and Ryan Wheeler, right, as she is evacuated with the rest of the residents at the Elim Rehab & Care Center.
  • March 26: A disoriented Irene McCamy is comforted by Molly Olson as she is evacuated with the rest of the residents at the Elim Rehab & Care Center.
  • March 26: Joyce Eisenbraum, right, explains to Dorothy Moderow where she is going as she is evacuated with the rest of the residents at the Elim Rehab & Care Center.
  • March 26: Volunteers make use of a ladder and other items to assist in filling sandbags as the Red River rises.
  • March 26: Officials patrol the swollen Red River between Moorhead, Minn., and Fargo, N.D., background, as they await the predicted weekend crest.
  • March 26: A volunteer uses a pump to remove water that is seeping through the sandbag dike as the Red River continues to rise along River Drive in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 26: Volunteer Eric Schoenherr uses a makeshift sleigh to move sandbags from a pickup to a nearby house along the rising Red River in Moorhead, Minn.
  • March 26: A volunteer loads sandbags onto a trailer as others fill more bags to protect Moorhead, Minn., from the rising Red River.
  • March 26: Irene McCamy, center, is comforted by Ashley Schultz, left, and Molly Olson as she is evacuated with the rest of the residents at the Elim Rehab & Care Center.
  • March 25: Elsie stands on the earthen and sandbag dike surrounding the Stensgard home, not pictured, which overlooks a flooded outbuilding as the Red River continues to rise in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 25: Icy flood waters cover the streets at Skyway Park Village in south Bismarck, N.D.
  • March 25: Anton's restaurant in Waite Park, Minn., is surrounded by the waters of the Sauk River.
  • March 25: Anton Restaurant sous chef James Bates and manager Craig Strassburg survey the flooded dining room in Waite Park, Minn.
  • March 25: Emergency workers use an air boat to rescue Destiny Dolan, 15, and friend Kayla Weston, 15, from a home that was surrounded by Red River floodwaters in Oxbow, N.D., south of Fargo.
  • March 24: Flood water from the Missouri River surrounds a home in the Fox Island neighborhood of Bismarck, N.D.
  • March 24: Doug Stensguard and his son Michael look out from their floodwater surrounded home in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 24: Michael Ehresmann piles sandbags around the Kallmeyer home in Fargo, N.D. in the hope of holding back floodwaters of the Red River.
  • March 24: Neighborhood workers pile sandbags around the Schell home in the hope of holding back floodwaters of the Red River seen close behind them in Fargo, N.D.
  • March 23: High water from the flooding Beaver Creek covers a car on the south side of Linton, N.D. on Monday. Beaver Creek in Linton, the Knife River in Hazen and Spring Creek in Zap were at record flood stage Monday. They appeared to be starting to recede, though snow expected over the next couple of days could add to the problems.
  • March 23: A trailer home and garage immediately off of U.S. Highway 85 on the south edge of Watford City, ND is completely surrounding by water from Cherry Creek Sunday evening. While eastern North Dakota residents battled the Red River, people in central and western North Dakota had their own flood battles. Dozens were forced out of their homes and roads were closed as rain and snowmelt forced rivers out of their banks.
  • March 23: Volunteers at Oakport Township north of Moorhead, Minn. filling sandbags Monday, as residents prepared for record flooding from the Red River. Moorhead is across the river from Fargo, N.D. Town residents were evacuated by boat during the 1997 flood.
  • March 21: Members of the North Dakota Air and Army National Guard units fill sand bags at Fargo's city garage on Saturday. The city of Fargo is racing to fill 1.5 million sandbags to prepare for record flooding as a nearby river is expected to crest more than 20 feet above flood stage.
  • March 23: Tom Althoff, of Kent., Minn., waits to receive a sandbag in the back yard of a home along the bulging Red River on Monday in Breckenridge, Minn.
  • March 23: A cyclist rides his bike through a snow storm in Crested Butte, Colo. on Monday. The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for eastern Wyoming and western sections of South Dakota and Nebraska, with a winter storm warning for much of central Wyoming and mountain sections of Colorado.
  • March 23: Hail covers the ground Monday after a line of thunderstorms moved into Omaha, Neb. The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for eastern Wyoming and western sections of South Dakota and Nebraska.
  • March 23: Debris from a metal shed wraps around a home after storms pass through on near Panama, Neb. The National Weather Service posted a blizzard warning for eastern Wyoming and western sections of South Dakota and Nebraska, with a winter storm warning for much of central Wyoming and mountain sections of Colorado.

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