Like many folks living in cities along the Red River this time of year, I'm on flood watch. With the heavy snowfall this winter and constant freeze-thaw of the past few weeks, it doesn't look good. So, we've been keeping an eye on our friends in Fargo and wondering if we're looking at another 1997 Red River Flood.
My kids have seen images on the news of our fellow-Manitobans
stacking sandbags around their homes, packing up whatever treasured
possessions they can carry, and leaving their homes knowing there's a
chance it won't be the same when they return.
And the questions have come as fast as floodwater: Do we have to build a sand fort around our house too? Can we bring our cat if we leave? Is there going to be a pool in the basement? and the always famous Mommy, what's a flood?
So, I gave them the Coles Notes version of Red River Flooding...