The talk of the town this week has been the flooding in the ND. Most of my family still lives in Bismarck, so I was concerned all week. Luckily my parents' house is not near the river. But 3 of my aunt/uncle's places were in danger. Thankfully, it appears that is no to minor damage.
As for the Fargo area...everyone keeps throwing numbers around...18ft flood stage with a current height of 40.61 feet. But what does that really mean? Well, think of it this way. The Red River at Fargo during a flood is like trying blast a firehouse through a straw. There's just not enough room, so the river expands and busts through just about anything. To really see what they are dealing with, look at the photo below. It's a time lapse image of a USGS Flood Tracking camera in Fargo.