Well, the Red River didn't get us, but Mother Nature did. Last Saturday, May 29, Pembina got 6.8 inches of rain in a couple hours. I heard them report on the news that 75% of the homes in town have water in their basements. We had 3 inches of water in ours. This is the first time in 20 years that we've had water in our house.
As you drive around town you can see piles of soaked carpet, water logged belongings and furniture lining the streets. Some had sewer back-up, some just seepage.
Because the river level is so high the flood gates in town were closed (the Red River did contribute a little) so the coulee behind our house (along Chippewa St) filled with water. These "during and after" pictures were taken by Jamie Meagher - Thanks Jamie - the house on the "lakefront" belongs to Cam and Kris Wilwand.
Today some of the dirt was removed from the dike closures in South Pembina to allow local traffic to pass through. The road closed signs are still up and the road will remain closed (except to local traffic) until the river level drops to 47 ft.
It's time for the clean-up to begin. The unused sandbags will be moved to storage and kept for future use.
This afternoon some members of the US Coast Guard were in town to train members of the Pembina Fire Department to use our airboat for water rescue. After some instruction at the fire hall they put the four units into the water north of town where the Red has left it's banks at Airborne Alley (near Ed Haugen's).