A combined narrative and visual presentation on the joint role that the University of North Dakota played with its host communities in battling the April 1997 flood is provided in the UND flood book, "The Return of Lake Agassiz: The University of North Dakota and the Flood of 1997."
The book that relates the crisis and the reaction to it by UND. The book takes readers from the blizzards before and up to and through the fight against and recovery from the April 1997 flood that is considered the worst natural disaster in modern times in the region, describing the University's role with its Grand Forks and East Grand Forks partners.
Production of the book was coordinated by the UND Office of University Relations with principal writing and editing by Dick Larson and Jan Orvik from accounts by various UND personnel.
As flood waters overtook Greater Grand Forks in April 1997, the western edge of UND became a headquarters for the emergency response. Operating out of UND facilities were the Emergency Operations Center, the National Guard, FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers , the U.S. Coast Guard, many city offices, the media, and more.
"The Return of Lake Agassiz" combines a full narrative with more than 170 photographs. Among these are many views of the flood not seen in any other publication. Its 176 pages include a full-color section, a chronology, and a damages summary.
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