2009 flood diary: March 26

This entry appeared in "Will Over Water: How the Red River region rallied to fight the flood of 2009" to recount the activity from Thursday, March 26, 2009.
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, far right, meets with members of the local and national media during a press conference at Fargo City Hall in 2009. Forum file photo
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, far right, meets with members of the local and national media during a press conference at Fargo City Hall in 2009. Forum file photo

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.

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 https://www.inforum.com/2009flood.