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Flood of 1997: 25 Years Later

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All told, more than 150 photos of the event were brought to the Herald in recent weeks, capturing heart-wrenching scenes and reflecting the enormity of the tragedy.
The Red River has passed 46 feet 10 times, meaning a majority of major floods in Grand Forks have been in the last 25 years.
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A quarter-century after the flood, former Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown, the longest-tenured mayor in city history, remembers residents’ anger when they looked to city leaders for answers about recovery.
One family's account of living through, and surviving, the catastrophic natural disaster that wreaked havoc in the Red River Valley
Reflecting 25 years later
The Aftermath Archived
20 year anniversary coverage
This story was originally published on April 21, 2017
Cindy Beyer spoke over a chilly wind whooshing over the Sorlie Bridge between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks on Saturday afternoon as a knot of leaders, from now and yesteryear, remembered the Flood of 1997.
Out of all the aid Grand Forks Public Schools received in the aftermath of the Flood of 1997, Beth Randklev remembers the nonmonetary contributions the most.
The Flood of 1997 left the UND campus in a condition both challenging and advantageous. Though some of the buildings there had taken the full brunt of overland flooding and the rise of the English Coulee, much of the campus was left high and dry-...
In the span of eight days in late March 1997, UND won its first NCAA Division II women's basketball national championship and its sixth NCAA Division I men's hockey title.
PEMBINA, N.D. -- Hetty Walker's home along the Red River in Pembina has survived a lot of floods. She doesn't know when it was built, but it was here before her husband's ancestors moved into it in the 1870s, making it one of the older homes in t...
In the weeks after those fateful days in April 1997, when Grand Forks was in ruins, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., held an important meeting in his Washington, D.C., office.
Kathy and John Fick remember hearing the helicopters flying overhead, loudspeakers screeching through the air as the flood waters rose. "All residents must evacuate!" It was April 19, 1997, and the residents of the Burke Addition south of Grand F...
The National Guard drove down the flooded street early that morning blaring evacuation orders, and the next month flew by in a blur that remains amazingly vivid 20 years later.
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