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PHOTO GALLERY: Images from the Roseau River flood of 2002

A large ring dike extended down Main Avenue in Roseau, Minn., in June 2002 after the Roseau River flooded much of the northwest Minnesota community. June 11 marks the 15th anniversary of the flood. (Herald file photo by Jackie Lorentz)1 / 8
JoMar Bernat (left) helped his father, Val Bernat, at his house in Roseau, Minn., in June 2002 after the Roseau River flooded. Both lived on the same block. (Herald file photo by Jackie Lorentz)2 / 8
A crew of sandbaggers at Polaris in Roseau, Minn., worked to fill sandbags Thursday, June 13, 2002, two days after the Roseau River flooded much of the northwest Minnesota community. (Herald file photo by Jackie Lorentz)3 / 8
The flooding along the Roseau River in June 2002 wasn't limited to the city of Roseau, Minn. As the floodwaters moved downstream, volunteers worked feverishly to protect Robert Lee's farm north of Badger, Minn., Friday night, June 14, 2002, after floodwater reached the barn and out buildings. The Lee family's cows had been moved earlier in the day. (Herald file photo by Eric Hylden)4 / 8
Dennis Vatnsdal looks at a Roseau High School Hockey schedule from 1977-78 that was among memorabilia he and his family were trying to save in June 2002 after the Roseau River flooded the city of Roseau, Minn. June 11 marks the 15th anniversary of the flood. (Herald file photo by Eric Hylden)5 / 8
Volunteers filled sandbags to protect the community from flood waters in Roseau, Minn., on Wednesday, June 12, 2002. (St. Paul Pioneer Press file photo by Joe Rossi)6 / 8
An employee of Earl's Drive In in Roseau, Minn., moved hoses over the sandbags Thursday, June 13, 2002, two days after the Roseau River flooded much of the town. (Herald file photo by Jackie Lorentz)7 / 8
Volunteers sandbaggers rode thorough Roseau, Minn.'s flooded downtown on Wednesday, June 12, 2002. (St. Paul Pioneer Press file photo by Joe Rossi)8 / 8

Sunday, June 11, marks the 15th anniversary of the Roseau River flood, which inundated much of the city of Roseau on June 11, 2002 and caused flooding problems through Roseau County. As much as 20 inches of rain during two days of widespread downpours June 9-10, 2002, causing the Roseau River to rise 15 feet in city limits within a 24-hour period.

The river crested at 23.4 feet, well above the 16-foot flood stage.

Herald reporters and photographers, along with media from the Twin Cities and across the region, converged on the northwest Minnesota community to report on the disaster. Here are some of the images photographers from the Herald and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a Forum Communications media partner and sister paper at the time, captured during the flood.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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