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United Lutheran Church
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Flood water poured in through the windows and filled the lower level of this church, causing $800,000 in damage. The day care classroom, fellowship hall, lounge, and kitchen were destroyed. The sanctuary was not damaged. The congregation resumed worshipping at the church in June, 1997, even though the building did not have power.

In August, 1997, power was restored to the church, and United Day Nursery returned to the upper levels of the church. In October, the new heating system was installed. In November, construction started on the new United Day Nursery kitchen. The kitchen was completed in March, 1998. Work started on the Spectrum classroom in February, and it was completed in June. The church has started work on rebuilding the fellowship hall.

Many other churches in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks also suffered extensive damage.

More information about United Lutheran Church in the flood:

United Lutheran Church web site
United Day Nursery Flood Recovery Story
More United Lutheran Church photos in Flood Photo Album
Article in The Lutheran July 1997
Article in The Lutheran June 1997
Flooded Homes, Faithful Hearts

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New United Day Nursery lunchroom
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United Day Nursery "Spectrum" classroom:

After flood (right)

After cleaning (below, left)

Completed classroom, July 1998 (below, right)

Pink Corner
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Spectrum, October 1997
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Spectrum, July 1998
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Lounge after flood.
Lounge Chapel after flood.
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Lounge after cleaning
The same room, April 1998.
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The cross from the original altar (left) was underwater in the lounge during the flood, and can be seen in the picture above, left. It was cleaned and is now in the sanctuary.

United Lutheran member Mike Tunseth (right) rebuilt the steps to the Fellowship Hall.

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Rebuilding the Fellowship Hall, July 1998.

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