Pat Shingleton’s column for Friday, April 5, 2013

Whether it’s a hurricane or intense thunderstorms, flooding in south Louisiana is expected. Parish representatives follow a potential flooding procedure to assist residents that includes sand bagging. In Fargo, N.D., April includes a “rite of spring” for the flooding of the Red River. The Red River forms the state line between North Dakota and Minnesota. Following the winter snow-melt, the river rapidly rise to fill its banks. To the north, the river also flows through Winnipeg, Canada, where flood control structures were constructed in the 1960s. Another aspect of the “rite of spring” and river flooding is students assisting city officials by preparing thousands of sand bags. Forecasters are predicting another 2009 episode, when the river reached 41 feet, and in 10 days the river will be at flood stage. Fastcast: Sunshine!