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On April 19, 1997, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks were overtaken by the largest flood seen in the cities in modern times. Tens of thousands abandoned their homes. Scattered throughout the region, they could do little more than wait for news reports and worry about what they would find when the waters subsided. At the University of North Dakota, the academic year had come to an abrupt end. Students, faculty and staff were among the evacuated. A small group of UND personnel now had to decide how to protect, as much as possible, an institution worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Orvik, Jan M. and Larson, Richard P., "The Return of Lake Agassiz: The University of North Dakota and the Flood of 1997" (1998). UND Publications. 37.