A Massive Blizzard Blanketed North Dakota In 1997 And It Will Never Be Forgotten
North Dakota is known for its harsh winters and it has had some blizzards over the years that certainly prove that true. From harsh snow storms in the late 1800s to the present day, every once in awhile there is a massive blizzard that makes it to the history books. If you lived in North Dakota in 1997, especially in the Red River Valley, you can certainly attest to this one and may even remember exactly where you were when the blizzard hit.
This snowstorm came after a winter that had already been pretty heavy on the snowfall. Almost 100 inches of snow was recorded throughout that winter. By April most of it had melted away, but we were about to experience weather that was going to cover everything once again on the 5th of that month. First it was rain, as was to be expected in spring, but the rain froze and soon enough it was a full on blizzard. Strong winds did not help as the storm created whiteout conditions. Travel was impossible, and conditions of cities along the Red River were becoming dire.
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When all was said and done, there was over $3.5 billion in damage in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks alone, placing this in the top 10 most expensive US disasters of the 20th century. Four and a half million acres of land had been covered in water until May when the flood waters finally receded. Luckily, no one was killed in both the monstrous blizzard or devastating floods. It surely will never be forgotten!
Leah moved to North Dakota when she was 12 years old and has traveled from the Red River Valley to the badlands and many places in between. She loves small-town life and currently enjoys living on a small farm in the ND prairie. She's always had a passion for writing and has participated in novel writing challenges such as NaNoWriMo multiple times. Her favorite part about this job is recognizing small businesses that deserve a boost and seeing the positive affect her articles can have on their traffic, especially in rural areas that might have otherwise gone overlooked.
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