1997 Flood "By the Number"
In total the 1997 Flood caused an estimated $1.5 Billion in damages to Grand Forks. 83 percent of the residential property in the city had some sort of damage. The fact that Grand Forks has not only rebuilt after the flood but has thrived is a testament to our citizens and volunteers who helped us get back on our feet.
Downtown Grand Forks is riding a significant wave of momentum and positive development. 20 years ago, Grand Forks city leaders made the conscious – and unpopular among some – decision to reinvest in downtown after the flood and fire disasters. That investment has paid off. Many businesses returned. It is now a hub of nightlife, cultural, and community events. Community members are stepping forward to engage and support downtown. New private investments and developments are emerging.