Last week I finally realized why it has taken so long for me to update the websites, I like to write but I hate it at the same time because it just reminds me of when I was in school. It always took a lot of time and I never liked how I wrote it and would have to rewrite until it finally took several hours and way more time than I planned for it to take in the first place because I would have a run on sentence like this one...
Yeah, I know the storm was over two years ago but due to a non disclosure agreement I signed for the show and the whole website rebuild, I finally got the footage on line along with the blog for the hurricane Gustav chase.
Click on the link below to view the blog.
For the third time in less than ten days, central Minnesota has been hit hard with another winter storm that crippled the roads during the afternoon rush hour on Monday.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported dozens of vehicles had spun out and ended up in the ditch and numerous crashes around the metro and along the Interstate 94 corridor to St. Cloud, MN.
In the video it shows poor driving conditions along interstate 94 and into the metro area where several cars were off to the side of the interstate after crashing.
I know I said a few hours ago that I would get the rest of the footage from the last two weeks up on line. I fixed the graphic issue for the logo and reloaded everything but now I got side tracked with a new package that just came in from Brandon. Tonight we got some pretty great stuff with tornadoes at night to show people how hard it is to see a tornado when there is a tornado warning after dark. Plus he got some killer hail footage so I think he was one of the few people that did not bust tonight, er, last night. Ok, it's almost 3:00 am and I'm dead on the keyboard from lack of
Today I'm around the town of Oxbow, ND and documenting the flooding up here that is just insane. The people are scared and the wildlife is freaking out. I uploaded some more images and the crazy one has got to be the Deer trying to swim across the Red River to get away from the airboats that were out in the flood water to rescue people that were trapped by the rising waters.
I'm in Fargo for now but I'm not stuck here, I can get out on 94 but Interstate 29 is closed off to traffic due to the Wild Rice River flowing over it. Interstate 94 is closed off west of here as well and the area is being cut off. Almost all the roads in Richland County are flooded or washed out west of the red river to Interstate 29.
The water is rising and you can't get up here unless your coming up Interstate 94 and I don't know what the Buffalo river is looking like since I could not make it over there today.
Ok, just a quick update from the field. I'm in Fargo, ND right now and just feeding off footage of the flooding that I shot today. The flooding up here is getting worse and there is rain forecasted for Monday.
I'm just wrapping up and going to head back home for the night but I wanted to upload a few screen grabs. I already filled 4 memory cards in my still camera today and over an hour of stock footage, and the main show has not even started.
Yesterday I was up in Clay County, Minnesota to document the start of the massive flooding from the melting snow pack. The snow from last weeks blizzard and the large amount of snow that has fallen in the area all winter long is not rapidly melting and turning fields into lakes and small run off creeks into rivers.
I have uploaded some of the many images from area that can be found on my Smugmug account.
Headed north on I94 today and into the eye of the blizzard.
BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
NORTH DAKOTA STATE PATROL
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND FORKS ND
1152 AM CDT TUE MAR 10 2009
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE NORTH
DAKOTA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL.
NO TRAVEL IS ADVISED ON INTERSTATE 29 FROM GRAND FORKS SOUTH TO
THE SOUTH DAKOTA BORDER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The above map shows where I am and where the weather is going to be. I'm all geared up and just have to put the cameras and computer in the truck and head out but which way? I could head towards the cities and work on one project or head out west for blizzard footage but in the middle of farm country.
Or the other option, stay home and work on stuff from home and head out when it gets closer to home.