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Looking Back At ’97 Floods In Red River Valley

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Canoeing During Grand Forks Flooding in 1997
Larry Stummen (L) and Curt Magnuson try to reach their flooded homes in flood soaked Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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Grand Forks Flooding and Fires in 1997
Grand Fork resident Dick Olson, a laywer and school district official, points out from the back of an army truck, where various business used to be before a tremendous fire ravaged almost an entire city block downtown during the worst flood Grand Forks, N.D. has ever seen.
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Two unidentified emergency personnel ride a jet-sk
Two emergency personnel ride a jet-ski down the middle of a downtown street following the worst flood Grand Forks, N.D. has ever seen. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because in addition to flood damage, the town has no running water or functioning sewer system.
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US President Bill Clinton's Blackhawk Helicopter Surveys Grand Forks Flooding in 1997
U.S. President Bill Clinton's Blackhawk helicopter flies over flood-soaked Grand Forks, N.D. After viewing the flooded town by helicopter, Clinton addressed area residents staying at the air base. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because of the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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Canoeing During Grand Forks Flooding in 1997
Larry Stummen (L) and Curt Magnuson try to reach their flooded homes in flood-soaked Grand Forks, N.D.
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Aerial Photo of 1997 Grand Forks Flooding
This aerial photo was taken April 22, 1997 from a helicopter above flood-soaked Grand Forks, ND.
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Grand Forks school officials Bill Hutchison (L) an
Grand Forks school officials Bill Hutchison (L) and Dick Olson recover boxes containing personnel information from the flooded Grand Forks, N.D. The city announced that because of the flood school is now closed until next fall. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes due to the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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East Grand Forks, MN, resident Howard Hoff wades 2
East Grand Forks, Minn., resident Howard Hoff wades through streets flooded by the rising Red River, which has forced massive evacuations and untold damage throughout US-Great Plains states. Hoff is one of only 250 out of 9,000 residents who have refused to leave their homes and some 1,500 National Guard troops are assisting in the evacuation and flood control.
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Searching For People in Grand Forks Flooding in 1997
A U.S. Coast Guardsman patrols flood-soaked downtown Grand Forks, ND, April 22, 1997. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because of the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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North Dakota National Guardsman Searches For People in Grand Forks flooding in 1997
North Dakota National Guardsman PFC Ken Haavic searches a home after a report that an elderly woman was trapped April 22, 1997 in flood-soaked downtown Grand Forks, ND. U.S. President Bill Clinton earlier viewed the flooded town by helicopter, then addressed area residents staying at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because of the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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US Coast Guard Search For People in Grand Forks flooding in 1997
U.S. Coast Guard personnel search April 22, 1997 for people trapped in downtown buildings in flood-soaked Grand Forks, ND. U.S. President Bill Clinton earlier flew over the area in a helicopter then addressed area residents at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because of the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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Aerial Photo of 1997 Grand Forks Flooding
This aerial photo was taken April 22, 1997 from a helicopter above flood-soaked Grand Forks, ND. After viewing the flooded town by helicopter, Clinton addressed area residents staying at the nearby air base. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because of the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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Flooding from the Red River in Grand Forks, ND
Flooding from the Red River in Grand Forks, ND, can be seen in this April 22, 1997 overview. After viewing the flooded town by helicopter, Clinton addressed area residents staying at a nearby air base. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because of the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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US President Bill Clinton and Grand Forks Flooding in 1997
U.S. President Bill Clinton's Blackhawk helicopter flies April 22, 1997 over flood-soaked Grand Forks, ND. After viewing the flooded town by helicopter, Clinton addressed area residents staying at the air base. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because of the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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US President Bill Clinton and Grand Forks Flooding in 1997
U.S. President Bill Clinton (2ND-L) and Federal Emergency Management Administration Director James Lee Witt (2nd-R), board Clinton's helicopter April 22, 1997 at Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Clinton toured the flooded town of Grand Forks by helicopter and then addressed area residents at the air base. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because of the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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US President Bill Clinton and Grand Forks Flooding in 1997
U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and Federal Emergency Management Administration Director James Lee Witt (2nd-L), meet April 22, 1997 with a delegation from North and South Dakota Aboard Air Force One on the way to Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Clinton will tour the flooded town of Grand Forks by helicopter and then address area residents at the air base. Most of the 50,000 residents of Grand Forks have been evacuated from their homes because of the worst flooding this area has ever seen.
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