Rainy night brings back memories of millions of dollars of damage to NDSUFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was 13 years ago when rain water flooded parts of Fargo-Moorhead causing millions of dollars in damages.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was 13 years ago when rain water flooded parts of Fargo-Moorhead causing millions of dollars in damages.
A few people remember the day all too well, especially on rainy days like today.
It's the call no one wants to get.
John Hallberg, NDSU Archive Associate: “Needed to get to work, as soon as possible, because the basement of the library was flooding.”
But it became a reality for NDSU Archive Associate John Hallberg after just six months on the job.
Hallberg: “Really on the mindset, I really want to save as much as I could.”
Hallberg and other employees rushed to save one of a kind pictures and documents.
Hallberg: “Some of them were probably back to the mid 1800's.”
They hurried to get as much off the floor as possible.
Hallberg: “We have a lot of historical documents and record that are irreplaceable.”
Ninety-nine percent of the collection was saved through the efforts of staff and volunteers. Flash freezing many items helped with the process.
The Library isn't alone. The Fargodome was also hit hard. Flood waters caused 10 million dollars in damages here.
Rob Sobolik, Fargodome Executive Dir.: “Seven and a half to 8 and a half feet of water throughout the lower levels, so the locker rooms, the dressing rooms, mechanical room.”
Executive Director Rob Sobolik was the general manager of the Fargodome at the time. He couldn't believe his eyes after entering the wet, dark, and flooded dome.
Sobolik: “Thought ‘Oh maybe there's not a whole lot of damage’ until we realized the turf was actually floating five to six feet above the floor on the water.”
Now looking back, it's rainy days like today that seem to bring back the fear.
Hallberg: “I wonder is it going to dump another rain event on us.”
Sobolik: “It was something that was very interesting to see and I hope we don't see again.”
This flood is the largest one day rain total in Fargo history and most of it came in under six hours.