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Downtown Grand Forks

After the Flood

Downtown during the flood
Downtown during the flood.
Photo: Richard Larson (UND)
Downtown Grand Forks suffered extensive damage from flood and fire. The downtown fire destroyed two blocks. Buildings not destroyed by fire had 3 or 4 feet of water on the first floor. Cleanup of downtown buildings was still underway in July, 1997. Most downtown businesses were either closed, or had moved to temporary quarters in other parts of Grand Forks.

Rebuilding Downtown

The photos on this page were taken in July, 1997.

Security Bldg.
Site of the Security Building, July 1997. The downtown fire started here.
More Photos from this area.
Photo: Alan Draves
City Center Mall debris
Debris from the City Center Mall.
More Photos from this area.
Photo: Alan Draves

North Third Street
North Third Street, July 1997.
Photo: Alan Draves
North Fourth Street
North Fourth Street, July 1997.
Photo: Alan Draves
First National Bank
First National Bank, damaged in downtown fire.
More photos from this area.
Photo: Alan Draves
City Center Mall
City Center Mall parking lot.
Photo: Alan Draves
Downtown After the Flood: Rebuilding Downtown

Grand Forks Herald articles on downtown flood recovery:
Restarting the Cities' Heart
Downtown - 200 Days of Recovery

Water Lines
Water lines on windows, Demers Avenue.
Photo: Alan Draves

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