What's there to do on a Sunday afternoon when the temperature is warm (30 degrees)? Head to the parking garage, and take photos of the river!
That brown little phallic thing sticking out of the water is a marker showing the level of the river during the '97 500-year flood, 54'. We're at 48.7 feet and will likely go to 51 feet, plus new precipitation, if any.
Check out the left (North Dakota) side of this bridge!!!! See why the police won't let us drive over it? And in the foreground, you can see the unmelted snow piled up on one side of the dike, and the river on the other.
These bad folk are evading law enforcement and climbing the dike. Uh uh, not me! I'll take my photos from the parking garage and avoid the $800 fines! But I do have snow shoes that would probably work just fine. . . . Everyone's a little antsy. . . with permanent dikes, there's not a lot of sandbagging to do. . . so there's a restlessness. It cracks me up how many people (hundreds!) at once can be watching the web cam link on the river. . . and seeing nothing! Probably does beat a lot of tv plots, though.
Some reflections in the water, and the partially submerged (to the left) Burlington Northern train bridge.