4th - Blizzard "Hannah", the regions 8th blizzard that winter dropped and additional 6 inches of snow. "Hannah" also brought freezing rain that leaves over 300,000 Red River Valley residents without power.
4th - The Red River officially reaches flood stage at 28 feet.
8th - ND Governor Ed Schafer activates the National Guard to help with the flood fight and blizzard recovery.
14th - The Red River rises to 44.43 feet.
15th - The Point Bridge closes between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks
17th - The Red River rises to 50.96 feet.
18th - Grand Forks orders evacuation of Lincoln Park Neighborhood.
18th - Evacuation of the Riverside and Central Park Neighborhoods.
18th - The Red River raises 18 inches in 18 hours to hit 52.62 feet.
18th - The Kennedy Bridge is closed cutting off Grand Forks from East Grand Forks
19th - Water if 4 feet deep in downtown Grand Forks
19th - The Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant fails
19th - Grand Forks orders evacuations of all areas east of Columbia Road.
19th - A fire is reported in the Security Building in downtown Grand Forks. The fire eventually damages or destroys 11 buildings throughout 3 city blocks.
22nd - The Red River crests at 54.35 feet.
23rd - The Red River begins to recede.
8th - Altru Hospital reopens
12th - Altru Clinic reopens
19th - The Red River falls below flood stage (28 feet)
City's Public Schools resume classes using rented facilities that include 2 churches, 100 relocatable buildings, the National Guard Armory and portion of 2 high schools.
1997 - 1998
About 850 properties are purchased by the city through a voluntary buyout program designed to remove structures from high-risk flood areas.
The Grand Forks Herald newspaper opens a new $4.3 million building on the site of its former office devastated by both flood and fire.
A new elementary school, named Phoenix to mark the city's rebirth, is built to replace two longtime elementary schools (Belmont & Lincoln).
A $16 million commercial office complex built by the city opens in the heart of downtown. Known as the Corporate Center, this two building complex replaces virtually all the commercial office space lost in the fire. The buildings provide about 100,000 square feet of office space.
A new $20 million county office building opens. The building improves citizen access to government agencies by co-locating them under one roof.
Town Square, an outdoor gathering place in downtown Grand Forks, opens for public use.
Officials break ground for a $409 million flood protection project for Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
The $80 million Alerus Center opens.
The $104+ million dollar Ralph Engelstad Arena opens.
King's Walk Golf Course, a $6.8 million Arnold Palmer Signature championship course, opens to the public.
Lincoln Dr. Park is completed and dedicated. The park occupies the site where Lincoln Elementary School stood prior to the flood.
The flood protection project is functionally complete.