Red River Flood, 1952.


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Mrs. Colin Campbell would not be ousted from her home: she is standing on the roof of her back porch, after climbing out a second story window. The water is about 4 feet away from covering her feet, but she was non-plussed; in the accompanying article, she defied police attempts to evacuate her, declaring it was a good time to catch up on her embroidery. On April 16, 1952, the Red River crested at around 35 feet; a USGS paper declared it the highest crest since 1897. Her address, 106 1st Avenue South, no longer exists; Urban Renewal wisely razed the neighborhood south of Main and east of 4th street, which was regularly subject to inundation even in light flood years.

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2 Responses to “Red River Flood, 1952.”

  1. Steven says:

    Where can I find the photo of Mrs. Colin Campbell? What newspaper, date, etc

  2. I don’t know the exact date, but it would be mid-April 1952, Fargo Forum. I scanned this from a book, I don’t recall the source.

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