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North Dakota / Flooding / The Evacuees #172649

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 21, 1997
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The extent of the flooding in North Dakota's Red River valley updated.

(Grand Forks, North Dakota: Erin Hayes) The city of Grand Forks, North Dakota, which is under flood waters, visited; scenes shown of the water everywhere and of the weekend fires. [Sheriff's deputy Greg DRAVANSKY - calls it devastation and an unreal situation.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Thompson, North Dakota: Ron Claiborne) The massive relocation of the people from Grand Forks featured; scenes shown from Thompson, North Dakota, which has taken in a thousand evacuees; details given of personal stories of help. [WDAZ news director Mike BRUE, 78-year-old Lillian SARAZEN, Thompson police Chief John HOWARD - comment on the volunteer efforts.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The history of spring floods in the area noted.

(Bill Blakemore) The combination of factors that led to the flooding of the Red River valley detailed; animated diagram shown to illustrate the rare conditions. [Climatologist Mark SEELEY - describes what happened when the frozen waters thawed.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The headline in the Grand Forks Herald: "Come hell and high water" shown. The printing of today's edition out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, noted.

Claiborne, Ron;
Hayes, Erin;
Jennings, Peter

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