Just a few can really empathize with the individuals of southeast Texas. Longtime residents of the Pink River Valley definitely can, and the individuals who lived by means of the Flood of 1997 in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and close by communities have to be watching the information every night time with heavy hearts as they recall their very own catastrophe 20 years in the past.
There are various eerie similarities.
Tuesday, a compulsory evacuation order got here for the city of Dickinson — a suburb of Houston — and residents there have been advised to not return. The identical occurred on each side of the Purple River in 1997.
TV information highlights present individuals being rescued from their houses by way of motorboats. So many acquired comparable help right here within the Grand Cities.
Hundreds of houses have water as much as the roof. Infrastructure is shredded. Lengthy strains of individuals are ready for meals and clear water. Shelters are packed to capability. Outlying communities are opening their arms to refugees.
All of this occurred within the Purple River Valley in 1997.
And for now, hope in all probability appears misplaced for these determined hundreds who’re nonetheless ready for the maddening rains to finish.
Houston is in for an extended street to restoration. It is a path that may embrace preliminary worry, sorrow and shock. Alongside the best way, we’ll see highlights of heroism and unity. It will definitely will curve towards frustration and anger. And much on the market on the horizon — unseeable immediately as rains proceed and floodwaters rise — the street ultimately will finish with restoration and a resumption of normalcy.
It is a street that was traveled by so many residents right here in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota when the Flood of 1997 was a nationwide information occasion.
But when the hardy residents right here know something, they in all probability know that ultimately, issues will probably be OK. It can take time and a herculean humanitarian effort.
Will residents from the far North contemplate a small donation to the Pink Cross to assist the moist, annoyed plenty within the far South? We hope so.
Tuesday morning, the Herald made a donation to Houston flood victims by way of the web site redcross.org. The web site permits donations as giant as donors select, and as small as $10.
It was a simple course of and actually solely took about three minutes. We hope others will think about doing the identical as Texans wrestle to beat a disaster that’s painfully acquainted to so many in North Dakota and Minnesota.