The Missouri River stayed in her banks this spring, but signs of last year’s chaos persist if you know where to look: faint water marks on trees and buildings, rogue sand bags here and there, dead trees and shrubs in the river bottoms.
Amid the painful reminders, hope blooms boldly where it shouldn’t.
Mike and Sue Zimmerman’s rose bush has survived months in their flooded back yard to bloom another year.
“We were sure it would not survive, but it has more blossoms on it than ever before,” Mike says. He’s Basin Electric’s voice and data communications supervisor.
Last year it bloomed even while standing in the Missouri River’s unwanted waters. See the bush and hear about the Zimmerman’s flood fight in last year’s blog post: