Looking Back At ’97 Floods

Pembina ND Flooding 1997
Pembina ND Flooding 1997
N.D. National Guard Lt. Col. Chuck Rydell peers over a wooden dyke extension on the Red River as Capt. Mike Holly stands by on April 24, 1997 in Pembina, N.D. (Credit: Getty Images/ Luke Frazza/AFP)
Pembina ND Flooding 1997
Pembina ND Flooding 1997
Volunteers use sandbags to build a wall around Pembina, N.D. in April 1997. Much of north east North Dakota has been struck with its worst flooding ever causing many areas to be evacuated as swollen rivers make their way toward Winnipeg, Canada. (Credit: Getty Images/ Luke Frazza/AFP)
Dick Olson Describes Grand Forks Destruction
Dick Olson Describes Grand Forks Destruction
Grand Forks resident Dick Olson, a lawyer and school district official, points out where various businesses used to be before a fire ravaged almost an entire city block downtown during the flooding. (Credit: Getty Images/ Luke Frazza/AFP)
Emergency Personnel On Jet Ski
Emergency Personnel On Jet Ski
Two unidentified emergency personnel ride a jet-ski down the middle of a downtown street on April 23, 1997. (Credit: Getty Images/ Luke Frazza/AFP)
Clinton's Blackhawk
Clinton's Blackhawk
U.S. President Bill Clinton's Blackhawk helicopter flies on April 22, 1997 over flood-soaked Grand Forks, N.D. (Credit: Getty Images/ Stephen Jaffe/AFP)
1997 Red River Flooding Canada
1997 Red River Flooding Canada
Canadian Army Master Sgt. Joe Bisson patrols along a bridge flooded by the Red River, looking for residents needing help in Saint Jean Baptise, north of the U.S. border in April 1997. (Credit: Getty Images/ Carlo Allegri/AFP)
Recovering Education Documents
Recovering Education Documents
Grand Forks school officials Bill Hutchison, left; and Dick Olson recover boxes containing personnel information on April 23, 1997 from the flooded Grand Forks Education Center. Schools were closed until the next fall because of the floods. (Getty Images/ Luke Frazza/AFP)
PFC Ken Haavic
PFC Ken Haavic
N.D. National Guardsman PFC Ken Haavic searches a home after a report that an elderly woman was trapped on April 22, 1997 in flood-soaked downtown Grand Forks, N.D. (Credit: Getty Images: Craig Lassig/AFP)
Jet Ski Guardsman
Jet Ski Guardsman
A U.S. Coast Guardsman patrols flood-soaked downtown Grand Forks, N.D. on April 22, 1997. (Credit: Getty Images/ Craig Lassig/AFP)
Flooded Downtown Grand Forks 1997
Flooded Downtown Grand Forks 1997
U.S. Coast Guard personnel search on April 22, 1997 for people trapped in downtown buildings in flood-soaked Grand Forks, N.D. (Credit: Getty Images/ Craig Lassig/AFP)
Grand Forks Aerial 1997
Grand Forks Aerial 1997
Flooding from the Red River in Grand Forks, N.D. on April 22, 1997. President Bill Clinton viewed the flooded town by helicopter. (Credit: Getty Images/ Stephen Jaffe/AFP)
Canoeing In Grand Forks
Canoeing In Grand Forks
Larry Stummen, left; and Curt Magnuson try to reach their flooded homes on April 22, 1997 in flood-soaked Grand Forks, N.D. (Credit: Getty Images/ Craig Lassig/AFP)
Aerial Grand Forks Flooding
Aerial Grand Forks Flooding
This aerial photo was taken on April 22, 1997 from a helicopter above flood-soaked Grand Forks, N.D. (Credit: Getty Images/ Stephen Jaffe/AFP)
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