Saturday, 4 April 2009

Sandbagging the Crescent

The Red River is being even more unpredictable than usual during this spring's runoff. Between the heavy snow that fell here and in North Dakota and the especially thick ice that is causing ice dams, the specialists cannot forecast how high the river will rise before the floodway can be opened.
Kingston Crescent, at the far end of Kingston Row, is especially at risk. So The Geek and I, and several hundred other volunteers sauntered over to help sandbag the lower areas.
The Geek ran into a fellow she knew from her Residence days, and there was a young fellow from the Ukraine who happens to be doing his Masters in Civil Engineering among the cast of helpers.
It was a beautiful sunny day and she and I are now both suffering from severe oxygen poisoning. We will have no trouble sleeping tonight.

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