Over the past couple of months, there has been record breaking flooding in several states. After living in Fargo along the Red River for 20 years, dealing with flooding in the area has been more prevalent over the past few years. It has been more surprising about the flooding in the western part of the state in Bismarck and Minot.
I grew up by a small town about 50 miles from Minot so it was our “big town” and I went to college for two years in Minot. It is difficult to hear the stories and see the photos of what the residents are going through. Minot is built on two hills, with some houses and buildings in the valley between them. With the excessive snow and rain during the winter and spring, the Souris River has gone over its banks. There are several buildings that are totally under water.
I know it will be a long road for recovery, but like the mayor of Minot said that they may be losing their houses, but they can make their home anywhere if you have your family with. Houses and stuff can be replaced.
Over the weekend, my mom’s family had a family reunion. There were almost 60 of us in attendance out of a possible 106 or so. We try to get together at least once a year and sometimes twice. When I was growing up and told friends that I had over 20 cousins, they would think we did not know each other. But the ones that lived further away, came back every year during the summer and now alot of us see each other every year or every few years.
So even if you are affected by the economy or natural disasters remember to a quote from Suze Orman, “People first, then money, then things”.