2009 flood diary: March 23

This entry appeared in "Will Over Water: How the Red River region rallied to fight the flood of 2009" to recount the activity from Monday, March 23, 2009.
Patrick Stoa, left, catches a sandbag tossed to him by Geoffrey Billingsley in 2009 as they, along with many other volunteers, constructed a dike  along the north side of Rose Coulee in the Rose Creek neighborhood. At the time, Stoa was a student at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Billingsley was a student at the University of North Dakota. In the background is the home of Mary Unhjem. Forum file photo
Patrick Stoa, left, catches a sandbag tossed to him by Geoffrey Billingsley in 2009 as they, along with many other volunteers, constructed a dike along the north side of Rose Coulee in the Rose Creek neighborhood. At the time, Stoa was a student at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Billingsley was a student at the University of North Dakota. In the background is the home of Mary Unhjem. Forum file photo

Brace yourself.

That was the message from city leaders.

Fargo-Moorhead residents weren’t backing down. They heard the message loud and clear and sprung into action.

More than 10,000 people turned out to help combat the floodwaters on this dreary day. Buses could barely keep up with all the people who wanted to be shuttled to sandbag sites to lend a helping hand.

But people were hungry for information, too. Everyone had the same questions. Will my home be safe? Can we save the city? Will it be as bad — or worse — than 1997?

City and township officials from throughout the area set up neighborhood and community meetings, hoping to ease some concerns.

Check back tomorrow to see what was happening in the fight against the Red River in 2009. You can purchase a copy of "Will Over Water" at https://www.inforum.com/2009flood.