Date: February 2004
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Non-fiction [Setting: North Dakota, 1997]
Lynda E. Lukow
Flood of the Millennium
Story: The Survivors
By Janet Elaine Smith
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.
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.
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!