Fargo-Moorhead: we want to hear your flood stories

Krinke, second from left, is working with West Fargo High School students under the direction of Eric Syvertson, left.

Sandbagging lines. Rising basement water. Price gouging for drain plugs. Bailing out a worried neighbor. The horror of having a sump pump breakdown.

All of us in the Fargo-Moorhead area have these stories from the past few years of Red River Valley flooding. They are a significant part of our shared history and surround an issue that continues to push buttons to this day. They also connect us in a way unique from that of your average community, and many of these stories illustrate those connections.

These narratives are the focal point of artist Rebecca Krinke’s project Flood Stories. Krinke, who teaches landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota, is collecting these stories as part of our PROJECT Flood Diversion series, and they will be read and displayed during a walk and reception event on Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m. The walk starts at Dike West and will make its way to the Museum.

Do you have a flood story you’d like to share? They can be any length, and feel free to include text, audio, video, or photos. You can leave them, here, in the comments, post them to our Facebook page, tag us in a tweet, or email them to Rebecca Krinke at rjkrinke@umn.edu. Then, come out for the walk on the 28th to hear the stories of others.