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Flood and fire: Grand Forks, North Dakota

The Cree called it Miscousipi, Red Water River, and warned early settlers of its hidden capacity for destruction. The river flooded in 1826, forcing the complete evacuation of the 10-year-old Red River colony. But most settlers refused to give up. Winnipeg, the city they built on the Red River's banks, has braved disaster again and again – in 1950, 1966, 1979, and again, dramatically, in 1997.

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Footage of Grand Forks during the worst of the flooding in 1997.

Medium: Television
Program: 24 Hours
Broadcast Date: June 15, 1997
Guest(s): Bob Alderson, James Moe, Pat Owens, Sally Thompson, Gerry Veins
Reporter: Reg Sherren
Duration: 3:55

Last updated: November 23, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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