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Grand Forks

Flood Remembrance Day

April 19, 1998

Mayor Owens
Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens holding a gift from a young Grand Forks resident

The city of Grand Forks declared April 19, 1998 as "Flood Remembrance Day". On this date one year earlier, floodwaters reached downtown, and the fire in the Security Building started. A "Flood Remembrance Wall" was erected on the site of the Security Building on North Third Street, and people were invited to leave messages and momentos of the flood. Later in the afternoon, the items placed on the wall were moved inside the Dakotah Building across the street when it started to rain. Church bells were rung at 4:15 PM, the time the downtown fire was first reported a year earlier, and Mayor Pat Owens gave a short speech.

Flood Remembrance Wall
The Flood Remembrance Wall before the rain.
Remembrance Wall Items
Items from the Flood Remembrance Wall after they were moved into the Dakotah Building.

Below are some of the items people placed on the Flood Remembrance Wall. Click on any photo for a closeup, then click the BACK button on your browser to return here.
Flood Photos
Flood photos. Top photo is the Security Building.
Mountainbrooke
Mountainbrooke: "and then - we watched it burn".
Computer
A computer lost in the flood.
Central Park
721 S. 4th St., Central Park neighborhood.
GF/EGF Flood Quilt
Quilt made by Grand Forks and East Grand Forks children.
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Grafton Flood Quilt
Quilt made by Grafton children.
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Grand Forks 4/19/97
A page from this web site.
United Day Nursery
Childrens' drawings from the United Day Nursery web site.

More Flood Remembrance Day photos in the Flood Photo Album
East Grand Forks Celebration of Recovery

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