Area residents got the worst news possible: The Red River could reach a record 42 or 43 feet by the weekend. And the water might stay that high for seven days.

Never before had anyone seen a flood of such magnitude.

Both Fargo and Moorhead urged evacuations for several neighborhoods and, in an unprecedented move, patients were evacuated from all Fargo MeritCare hospitals as a precaution.

Residents throughout the area braced for the possibility of more evacuations.

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But Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker wasn’t give up:

“We want to go down swinging if we go down.”

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