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By Terry Shoptaugh

Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, have existed on contrary facets of the purple River of the North in view that 1871. Ever given that, heavy moisture from melting snow has mixed with spring rains to threaten either cities with a quickly emerging, twisting river. Minor flooding is sort of an annual occasion, and on six events the 2 cities skilled significant floods requiring evacuations of huge numbers of citizens. The background of those floods is roofed within the pictures contained during this publication, together with many supplied by way of citizens, neighborhood flood-fighting crews, and nation and federal enterprises. those photographs inform the tale of the way the 2 groups care for one in all nature's most typical risks.

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Origins nine 2. the good Deluge of 1897 15 three. motives of pink River Floods 31 four. Wartime Flooding forty three five. Taking Preventive Measures sixty one 6. The 1997 Deluge eighty five 7. The Flood opponents a hundred and five eight. judgements 121 Acknowledgments This publication of images is simply attainable end result of the generosity of many of us and organisations that helped with details and pictures. The historic and Cultural Society of Clay County and their archivist, Mark Piehl, kindly supplied entry to an exceptional many pictures from their collections. equally, the Institute for nearby stories employees, sweet Skauge and John Hallberg, at North Dakota country collage helped with a few key pictures from their collections. the workers on the Northwest Minnesota ancient middle, Korella Selzler, Haley Nordskog, Nathaniel Craig, and Tyler Ostgaard, supplied many pictures and fabrics. Darel Paulson and Ande Sailer, either one of Minnesota country collage Moorhead, additional goods from the university’s selection of pictures, as did Lisa Sjoberg and her employees at Concordia collage. Katelyn Fisher supplied photos of the flooding state of affairs in Oxbow, whereas Julie Rasier accepted me to exploit photographs from her family’s stories within the 1997 flood. Ken Viser, Alan Fricker, and Oak Grove university additionally supplied photos. Minnesota Public Radio authorized me to take advantage of impressive photos of very fresh flooding. My because of excited by their kindness. the town governments of Fargo and Moorhead have been beneficiant with their very own photos. precise thank you in addition to the federal company photographers who did quite a bit to record the latest floods, usually risking their defense to seize a second that indicates what a flood emergency relatively seems like. eventually, appreciation in addition to Arcadia’s employees for his or her support and encouragement. photo credit contain the subsequent: Concordia collage ancient and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) Institute for neighborhood experiences, North Dakota nation college Minnesota Public Radio Northwest Minnesota ancient middle (NMHC) Minnesota nation collage Moorhead Oak Grove tuition 6 Introduction a few years in the past, I spent a number of weeks as a part of an area committee making plans old indicates for one of many area’s museums. one of many shows involved used to be “The crimson River of the North—its position within the region’s background. ” numerous principles have been thought of for displaying how the river was once a key a part of the historical past of the groups sited alongside the Red’s water because it twisted its technique to Canada. despite the fact that, I so much remember the comment made by means of one other committee member, who stated, “We placed Fargo and Moorhead the following at this spot simply because that’s the place the railroad crossed the river. That used to be tremendous on the time, yet now we’d really be at an advantage if the river wasn’t right here anymore. Oh, i do know its water remains to be vital for the farmers and all, yet it’s tough to think about that once you'll want to fear a few flood each 5 years or so. ” I had now not obvious a kind of floods but, however the comment stayed with me. I grew up in a suburb north of St.

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