10 Years Ago: The Great Flood of Grand Forks

April 15th, 2007 by Larry Smith  

This morning I woke up to the sound of rain crashing into my windows, flood warnings on my radio, and a fascinating NPR report about the most damaging and displacing flood in an American city before Katrina: the great flood of Grand Forks, in which more than 50,000 people were evacuated from the towns of Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. The Great Flood: Grand Forks 10 Years On is a long, compelling piece of personal media that reminds us why we love radio. A link to an audio slideshow from the region and the original 1997 NPR report (by Ned Wharton, a reporter who grew up there) reminds us why we love technology’s ability to connect stories past to stories present.

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