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Water, water everywhere ...

May 18, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
Like most people who grew up in land-locked North Dakota, I like water because there isn't a lot of it around.

I was awed the first and only time I saw the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. I enjoyed my visit to Duluth and seeing the Great Lakes. I haven't been swimming for awhile, but I enjoy splashing around in the pool.

I got used to wishing for rain to help the crops grow, especially when there was a drought. Lately, I think Mother Nature is laughing at all of us who ever wished for rain. This spring people from Des Lacs to Devils Lake, from Rice Lake to Mouse River Park have been wishing for less water. When it rains, it pours. And on the personal front, I have been doing battle with old pipes and rusted faucets.

This morning the faucet wouldn't turn off, water poured down the drain in the bathtub and I had to call a repairman at 7 in the morning to come and fix it. This wasn't as bad as some of the other high water situations I've dealt with. In the first apartment I lived in, the sink literally fell off the wall and the bathroom and bedroom flooded.

The second apartment I lived in was a basement apartment that flooded every spring with monotonous regularity, even after the landlord piled earth against the building to try to prevent it. A few years ago the water saturated the kitchen floor, then spread to the living room, then to the bedrooms. I put everything on counters that I could and sat up all night trying to suck up the water with a water vacuum before it destroyed everything else. Much of my property was ruined by the dirty water and I eventually had to move to the apartment upstairs.

After all the water problems we've had, I'd be happy for a long dry spell!


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