[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/27/fargo.volunteers.getty.art.jpg caption="Volunteers fill sandbags at the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota."]
Happy Friday everyone!
My thoughts are with the people of North Dakota and Minnesota as they band together to try to save their own homes, while helping their neighbors do the same against the rising waters of the Red River.
Not only are they fighting the power of Nature, they are also entering into uncharted waters so to speak.
This morning, the Red River rose to 40.2 feet, breaking a 112-year-old record. This means emergency officials can no longer rely on historical data to figure out how to best handle the situation.
But facing the unknown is exactly what the brave people living in this flood zone are doing.
We brought you the pictures today and yesterday of the tireless efforts of the volunteers filling sandbag after sandbag. At the Fargodome, the music was blaring, but the volunteers were quiet, yet determined while going about their back-breaking work. Our Susan Rosegen gave us a first hand look at the local efforts to surround the banks of the river. Watch
Meantime, hundreds have already evacuated Fargo neighborhoods, hospitals and even a nursing home. And people living just across the state line in Moorhead, Minnesota, are also being urged to leave.
So will the heroic efforts of the rescue crews, local law enforcement and everyday citizens be enough? We hope so. But we won't know until this weekend when the river is expected to crest. Meantime we are thinking about and praying for the folks living there.
PS – If you want to help, here's the link.