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Publisher: iUniverse
Release Date: February 2004
ISBN: 0595302823
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre: Non-fiction [Setting: North Dakota, 1997] 
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Lynda E. Lukow
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The Flood of the Millennium
The Real Story: The Survivors
By Janet Elaine Smith

      April seventeenth, 1997, the National Weather Service predicts the wall of water headed for Grand Forks, North Dakota will crest at 51 feet. Residents and neighbors, confident an extra foot will keep their homes safe from the flood, ban together to erect 52-foot dikes. After all, they had managed to survive eight blizzards, which produced more than 100 inches of snow, and Hard-Hearted Hannah, an ice storm that wrecked havoc on power supplies. Within a day, their hopes are dashed and their fortitude about to be tested as the water roars over the barriers.

     Janet Elaine Smith escorts readers through a first-hand account of a devastating natural disaster. From preparing for the worst, through evacuation and eventual return home, the author relates the emotionally chaotic journey she and her neighbors faced.

     The Flood of the Millennium is a testament to the strength and courage of the human spirit and of the undeniable value of humor in the face of adversity. Ms. Smith's factual annotations pulled at every emotion, but left me with renewed faith in humanity’s compassion and endurance. It's definitely an inspiring read!