Flood Remembrance Day
April 19, 1998
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.
The Flood Remembrance Wall before the rain.
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. Top photo is the Security Building.
Mountainbrooke: "and then - we watched it burn".
A computer lost in the flood.
721 S. 4th St., Central Park neighborhood.
Quilt made by Grand Forks and East Grand Forks children.
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Quilt made by Grafton children.
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A page from this web site.
Childrens' drawings from United Day Nursery.
More Flood Remembrance Day photos in the Flood Photo Album
East Grand Forks Celebration of Recovery
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