Lawmakers honor 20th anniversary of the Red River flood

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Twenty years ago today, the levees protecting Grand Forks from the rising Red River broke, causing massive flooding that would last for weeks.

The flood prompted the largest evacuation of a city since the Civil War, and left residents without water for more than three weeks.

Today, lawmakers passed a resolution remembering the flood and the improvements made to make sure future disasters are mitigated as much as possible.

"We came together to fight a common foe in defense of friends and perfect strangers alike. We are a strong North Dakota, now and forever, and today is a great reminder of our potential when we pull in the same direction," said Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks.

Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, said, "This is just a little way of saying thank you to the citizens of North Dakota. We found out how resilient our people really are and we hope that that spirit never leaves this state."

To read the full resolution, click the link on the right side of this story.

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