- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Phone calls made to 911 dispatchers during the initial days of the Red River Valley Flood of 1997 are now available to the public for research.

The Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections at the University of North Dakota announced Tuesday it was releasing the phone calls from April 18 and 19 of 1997.

The flood wiped out much of the downtowns of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, Minn.

Curt Hanson of Special Collections says the phone calls present a “fascinating contrast” of those days. He says some of the calls are mundane and orderly while others reveal the stress and fear that people in the city faced as they attempted to evacuate.

The phone calls will be unveiled Wednesday afternoon the university’s Chester Fritz Library.

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