Monday, April 16, 2007

Ten Years Later

This is the Grand Forks Life Flood of 1997 Anniversary thread. Share your memories and thoughts of the defining event in Grand Forks-East Grand Forks history.


GrandForksGuy said...

I have to thank the Grand Forks Herald for publishing a great special edition on Sunday. The two special sections about the flood anniversary were clearly put together with much thought. The pictures, statistics, and Ryan Bakken's wonderful articles really made me feel proud of the community I live in and love so much.

I was fairly young ten years ago and the flood and fire had a powerful impact on me. I came of age in a Grand Forks that had gone through hell and high water. I've always had an interest in local history, city planning, and economic development so the past ten years have been fascinating for me. We really have come farther than I think I ever imagined we would.

Congratulations Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

GFgruel said...

I was 14 at the time of the flood, I remember thinking it wouldn't be that bad, but then reality hit and next thing I knew we were evacuated to the Air Base hangar. It was nice having the last month and a half of school canceled though.

Yeah, that was some time, I missed the Herald article, but I hope the Herald or some local group puts together a retrospective DVD on the flood.

Anonymous said...

The Grand Forks Herald wants us to all to celebrate. Celebrate what?

Anonymous said...

They want us to all celebrate our brief moment in the national spotlight on the major media outlets. Sure, we make it on ESPN every once in awhile with hockey - and the rare ESPN 2 with football - but this is what the GF Herald seems to want us to celebrate the most: our "Tragedy."

Yes, many people lost homes, businesses, and livelihoods. Many have stuck it out, remained and put things back together. Others chose to move for one reason or another. Now, let's have this one weekend of remembrance and MOVE ON!

One cannot move forward well while always looking back.

Anonymous said...

I think the flood helped Grand Forks in a way but it also had several negative effects on us as well. We recovered and have rebuilt more stuff then we had lost, but much of that stuff was unique and important to our city. Any comments?

Anonymous said...

Well, I think your an idiot. The flood did not help Grand Forks. I just made her citizens angry. You Pile. BTW this is Ben my profile didn't work.