Just lost my stuff to the Fargo flood

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    Mar 27, 2009 12:55 PM GMT
    My ex-BF just phoned me at 8:15 EDT from Fargo, ND, where it's an hour earlier. He confirmed what I feared would happen from this record flood: the large storage unit I rent up there has gone under water. There was no time to save any of it.

    I lost my camper trailer, furniture, clothes, appliances, collectibles, but worst of all, all my late partner's things I had kept, many of the important objects & remembrances of his own life.

    When I came down here to Florida I left those things up there, until I'd have the space for them. I didn't rent a local storage unit because they cost twice as much here, and I saw no reason to move them from one storage unit to another, increasing the chance for loss & breakage, and we have hurricanes down here. I figured storage is storage, wherever it was, and I had no immediate need for those things. The ex has the key and checked on it from time to time.

    My plan was to have them moved directly into a new larger home when I got it. Now everything is gone. Oh, well... icon_cry.gif

    So far the ex is OK, BTW, but many other friends & acquaintances are losing homes to the flood. Very, very bad up there.
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:07 PM GMT
    I'm so VERY sorry to hear that Red! I can imagine it is very distressing.
    The situation there is beyond terrible.

    Sorry again that you had to have such a loss, maybe something can be salvaged once the flood is over.
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:18 PM GMT


    Ah, Red, we're both so sorry about what's happened!


    kindest condolences, -us
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:21 PM GMT
    One of my oldest, best friends is in Fargo...I worry for her physical well-being too. Sorry to hear of your property loss.
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI'm so VERY sorry to hear that Red! I can imagine it is very distressing.
    The situation there is beyond terrible.

    Sorry again that you had to have such a loss, maybe something can be salvaged once the flood is over.

    Thanks, but my loss is small compared to those who are losing entire houses. I'm sure some things are impervious to the water, like my dinnerware and stainless cookware. But I dread having to fly up there when this is all over, and clean that unit out. Like almost all storage units in that area, it's ground level with a garage door, just a simple metal building, and the owner will require I clean it out.

    Just thought of some other things I lost: thousands of editions of vintage piano sheet music, going back 100 years. Also several generations of family Christmas ornaments & decorations, equally old. And photographs, the photographs, the most irreplaceable of all. The things we acquire!

    At least my piano, and one of my computers, have been at the ex's house all this time, which appears to be safe from the flood so far. But damn, I hate losing that camper, shown in my private pics. And how do you dispose of a ruined camper? I guess I'll soon find out... icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:28 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear about the loss. Have had ice damns were I live here and though fortunate enough not to have had bad damage, know how bad they can be. Best to you
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:32 PM GMT
    Anything we can do, Vespa?
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
    zdrew saidOne of my oldest, best friends is in Fargo...I worry for her physical well-being too. Sorry to hear of your property loss.

    Are you in touch with her? Know her street? I'm getting regular reports of the flooding, most of Fargo & Moorhead now evacuated in the flood zone. The Red River has exceeded the earthen dikes, only held back by the additional sandbagging on top.

    And can you believe this? It's SNOWING, with no crews to clear the streets. My ex is likely to lose the art gallery he heads, and the companion museum 5 blocks away will suffer basement damage at the least. They moved the art work to the upper levels, some of which is shown in my private pics.

    All the schools are closed, including the colleges, the dorms evacuated, the students encouraged to join the sandbagging efforts. And many people I know are displaced from their homes, living with others or in shelters. icon_cry.gif
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:41 PM GMT
    Hi Red. Sorry to hear about the loss. I will take you to diner on the next Smart Ride.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:49 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidAnything we can do, Vespa?

    No, very kind of you, but there's nothing that I can do myself. Even if I got up there I'd have to borrow winter clothes from somewhere; all my own warm stuff is in that flooded storage unit. Didn't need it here in Florida, so just left it there.

    Maybe in the weeks ahead there'll be need for relief efforts, to which we can contribute money & materials. At the moment there's no tap water in most places, no sewer drainage, and electricity is out in some areas. In fact, residents have been issued toilet plugs, to prevent overflow. Even if their houses don't get flooded, the sewers are backing up & overflowing. Getting very desperate.
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:55 PM GMT
    TRACKBOY111 saidHi Red. Sorry to hear about the loss. I will take you to diner on the next Smart Ride.icon_biggrin.gif

    Which looks like January, 2010. Just saw David the Ride Director yesterday, and an official decision on the date will be made tomorrow (Sat) during a committee meeting here at my place. It seems that November had too many conflicts to be possible. But not official until it's official.

    Yeah, look me up, the guy with the handicapped parking placard on his bicycle... LOL! And we'll prolly stay at a gay guest house along Fleming Street again after the ride, some good places to eat around there.
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    Mar 27, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    Which storage units did you have them in? I lived in Fargo for 10 years and sandbagged my ass off for the the flood in 1997 mainly in Rose Creek and in Moorhead. Do you know how far the water has come in?
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:00 PM GMT
    puma1976 saidWhich storage units did you have them in? I lived in Fargo for 10 years and sandbagged my ass off for the the flood in 1997 mainly in Rose Creek and in Moorhead. Do you know how far the water has come in?

    The storage unit is actually on the Moorhead side, along 75 North, just north of the sewage treatment plant. My ex already confirmed to me the area has flooded. He's an exec with Xcel Energy (formerly NSP) and is getting detailed reports from their emergency operations center.

    And downtown Moorhead has been evacuated from the river east to 8th, including Concordia College. Do you know the Rourke Museum on Main, the one with the big stone columns, iron fence out front? That's my ex's, and it's a goner, too.
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    that's crappy red. Don't know what to say but start anew. I moved here with a carload of stuff and had to get rid of stuff I had kept for years. Just gotta move forward. Then again maybe there is a chance some of your things survived.
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:12 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    Ah, Red, we're both so sorry about what's happened!

    kindest condolences, -us

    Thanks, guys! But worse are the people up there, losing more than me, suffering much more. Please keep them in your thoughts.

    I also lost a great deal in a 1996 flood in Washington State, much closer to you. Seems floods are my bane, even when I'm a couple of thousand miles away. LOL!
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
    Sorry to learn of your loss, Red. Somewhat like a fire, you'll have to see how many things can be saved - maybe those that were highest in the storage locker will be unaffected, I hope.
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidthat's crappy red. Don't know what to say but start anew. I moved here with a carload of stuff and had to get rid of stuff I had kept for years. Just gotta move forward. Then again maybe there is a chance some of your things survived.

    Ya know, it's not so much MY stuff that bothers me. I can always get new. I mean, so what if my KitchenAide mixer is ruined? They still make them, right?

    But I was also the custodian of family treasures & memories, and my late partner's things. Not that they would have lasted forever, especially after I was gone myself. But I was supposed to take care of them during my lifetime, at least, and I've failed.

    You know what I think are the greatest losses? The photographs. Images of people long gone, that will never be seen again, and can never be replaced.

    Making a good case for digital preservation. Scan the old photographic prints, and put them on CDs stored in safe places. No doubt newer storage media will come along in the years ahead, but for now that's what should be done.
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    I'm sorry for your loss, Red. Unfortunately, with so much land being taken out of CRP and riparian buffers torn up to grow more crops, Midwest flooding is going to become more severe and more frequent.
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:39 PM GMT
    I'm sorry Red.

    Say, that wasn't the Pullman flood in WA in 96 was it? I used to teach my students about that one.
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:45 PM GMT
    Oh Gosh. icon_sad.gif I am also sorry for your loss Red. I have my own concerns too. My Sister is expecting to give birth to my first nephew, so I worry about the stress the bad weather may have on her. She's diabetic, so pregnancy complications are a high risk. I worry about my unborn nephew James, cause of such complications. I hope your friends and family are safe over there, as I hope the same for my own, and everyone else. I was watching the weather channel at work and there is an epic battle against the river going on with sandbags, prayer, and hope. I can offer only the latter two. And so I do. Best wishes to you and yours, Red.
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    sickothesame saidI'm sorry Red.

    Say, that wasn't the Pullman flood in WA in 96 was it? I used to teach my students about that one.

    It was in February, 1996, when we'd had a lot of rainfall. I was living in the Lynnwood area. A few months earlier there'd been an earthquake, that mostly affected Woodinville, WA, though it shook my house.

    Unknown to me, it had cracked the hillside wall of the garden basement, of this 3-story house that sat on a slope. The basement was finished, and the inside walls hid the foundation damage.

    There was standing water all around the flat front lawn of the house, but not a true flood yet. Suddenly water appeared in the garden basement, and I thought a pipe had burst. I turned off all the water, but the downstairs rooms continued to flood.

    I lost all the furniture down there, dozens of cardboard boxes with documents and photographs, the carpeting, the washer & dryer, an electronic keyboard, etc, etc. I managed to salvage some things, but the water rose too fast, and I badly hurt my back, requiring surgery at the VA shortly afterwards.

    So not a major recorded flood, just a local thing, caused by a ruptured basement wall. My insurance company, BTW, refused to cover the damage.
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    Mar 27, 2009 3:07 PM GMT
    God wants you do build that ark, Vespa. Are you missing the signs?
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    Mar 27, 2009 3:09 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear that icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 27, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear that Vespa... I can't believe how bad it is there.
    My mother is evacuating her home in Fargo today to go stay with my sister and it is really worrying me.
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    Mar 27, 2009 3:49 PM GMT
    That really is terrible. I'm sorry to hear for your loss. You seem like such a nice guy. It sucks that bad things have to happen to good people. I hope everthing turns out okay.