Flood Control

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 IMG_1600  The City of Grand Forks has a history of flooding with its proximity to the Red River of the North.

 

In April 1997, the eyes of the nation were on Grand Forks, North Dakota as the city fought valiantly to keep a flood of epic proportions from swallowing it whole.

Nearly all the city’s 52,000 residents were evacuated as the battle against the raging Red River of the North proved too formidable.

When it seemed the worst might be over, fire broke out in the heart of the city’s downtown, jumping from building to building and rendering firefighters virtuallyhelpless to stop it.

In the end, about 75 percent of the city had flooded and Grand Forks faced its biggest challenge yet – rebuilding. Many wondered if it was possible to come back.