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Washington, D. C. , May 29, 2009 -- President Obama at FEMA headquarters at a meeting of the Homeland Security Council, with him at the head of the table is the President of the Council, John O. Brennen. June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season and Mr. Obama was briefed by Federal Agencies and Departments that respond to Hurricanes. FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Washington, D. C. , May 29, 2009 -- President Obama at FEMA headquarters at a meeting of the Homeland Security Council, with him at the head of the table is the President of the Council, John O. Brennen.  June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season and Mr. Obama was briefed by Federal Agencies and Departments that respond to Hurricanes.  FEMA/Bill Koplitz

Earthquake - Northridge, Calif. , Oct. 20, 2011 -- FEMA Region IX Earthquake Specialist, Jennifer Lynette, in front of an earthquake simulator truck at the Great California ShakeOut media event at Target. The ShakeOut drill and press event participants included FEMA, CalEMA, LA City Council Members, USGS, SCEC, ECA, Mexican delegation, Japanese delegation, Target, and the general public.

Earthquake - Northridge, Calif. , Oct. 20, 2011 -- FEMA Region IX Earthquake Specialist, Jennifer Lynette, in front of an earthquake simulator truck at the Great California ShakeOut media event at Target. The ShakeOut drill and press event participants included FEMA, CalEMA, LA City Council Members, USGS, SCEC, ECA, Mexican delegation, Japanese delegation, Target, and the general public.

Denton, Texas, December 5, 1963 -- The was the communications room of the Federal Regional Center (FRC) in Denton, Texas. The FRC was the first shelter of its kind. It was intended to provide shelter to federal officials in the event of a nuclear attack. The FRC was constructed before FEMA came into existence

Denton, Texas, December 5, 1963 -- The was the communications room of the Federal Regional Center (FRC) in Denton, Texas. The FRC was the first shelter of its kind. It was intended to provide shelter to federal officials in the event of a nuclear attack. The FRC was constructed before FEMA came into existence

Denton, Texas, December 31, 1961 -- Cement trucks deliver concrete for the lower level of the Federal Regional Center (FRC) in Denton, Texas in December, 1963. The FRC was operated by the Office of Civil Defense Mobilization, a FEMA predecessor

Denton, Texas, December 31, 1961 -- Cement trucks deliver concrete for the lower level of the Federal Regional Center (FRC) in Denton, Texas in December, 1963. The FRC was operated by the Office of Civil Defense Mobilization, a FEMA predecessor

Tornado - Concord, Ala. , May 4, 2011 -- To date, approximately 1. 5 million cubic yards of the debris has been removed from the affected areas. Operation clean sweep began to include 34 cities and 25 counties. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Tornado - Concord, Ala. , May 4, 2011 -- To date, approximately 1. 5 million cubic yards of the debris has been removed from the affected areas. Operation clean sweep began to include 34 cities and 25 counties. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA

Warwick and West Earl Townships, Pa., April 7, 2013 -- A sign on the Zook's Mill covered bridge in Lancaster County shows the level of Cocalico Creek at the peak of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. FEMA funds covered 75 percent of the $162,272 cost to repair the 164-year-old bridge from damage by Tropical Storm Lee Hurricane Irene in 2011

Warwick and West Earl Townships, Pa., April 7, 2013 --  A sign on the Zook's Mill covered bridge in Lancaster County shows the level of Cocalico Creek at the peak of Hurricane Agnes in 1972. FEMA funds covered 75 percent of the $162,272 cost to repair the 164-year-old bridge from damage by Tropical Storm Lee Hurricane Irene in 2011

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- Jane Cage, chair of the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (CART), talks about the importance of community resiliency during the city's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony after receiving the first national presentation of the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resiliency from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. FEMA recovery specialists helped organize the citizen-based group that Cage has led for nearly 2 years. CART has continuously helped citizens explore ways to re-imagine and recover tornado-impacted areas and works closely with local officials, governmental and non-governmental agencies and long-term recovery planners. Seated in background: Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. Barb Sturner/FEMA

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- Jane Cage, chair of the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team (CART), talks about the importance of community resiliency during the city's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony after receiving the first national presentation of the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resiliency from U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.  FEMA recovery specialists helped organize the citizen-based group that Cage has led for nearly 2 years. CART has continuously helped citizens explore ways to re-imagine and recover tornado-impacted areas and works closely with local officials, governmental and non-governmental agencies and long-term recovery planners. Seated in background: Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.  Barb Sturner/FEMA

Joplin, MO, May 21, 2014 -- A quote from a survivor of the 2011 Joplin tornado is on a memorial stone at the Butterfly Garden located at Cunningham Park. The memorial was dedicated on the third anniversary of the F5 Joplin tornado. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt/FEMA)

Joplin, MO, May 21, 2014 -- A quote from a survivor of the 2011 Joplin tornado is on a memorial stone at the Butterfly Garden located at Cunningham Park. The memorial was dedicated on the third anniversary of the F5 Joplin tornado. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt/FEMA)

Severe Storm ^ Tornado - Joplin, Mo. , June 25, 2011 - Volunteers collect debris along Duquesne Street, after an EF-5 tornado struck the cities of Joplin and Duquesne on May 22. - Photo by: Rossyveth Rey-Berríos/FEMA

Severe Storm ^ Tornado - Joplin, Mo. , June 25, 2011  -  Volunteers collect debris along Duquesne Street, after an EF-5 tornado struck the cities of Joplin and Duquesne on May 22. - Photo by: Rossyveth Rey-Berríos/FEMA

Joplin, MO, May 22, 2014 -- A small memorial for two victims of the F5 tornado that hit the city three years ago on May 22, 2011. These two lived in an apartment complex located on this corner at the time. The 3 year anniversary is being observed quietly and small memorials are popping up around the path of the tornado. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt/FEMA)

Joplin, MO, May 22, 2014 -- A small memorial for two victims of the F5 tornado that hit the city three years ago on May 22, 2011. These two lived in an apartment complex located on this corner at the time. The 3 year anniversary is being observed quietly and small memorials are popping up around the path of the tornado. (Photo by Steve Zumwalt/FEMA)

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (left) presents a medal and framed award to Jane Cage and the citizens of Joplin in honor of the resiliency they have shown in their recovery following a devastating 2011 tornado. DHS' Rick Rescorla National Award for Resiliency, honors Rick Rescorla who died on 9/11 while helping to save scores of colleagues at Morgan Stanley in one of the World Trade Center towers. FEMA and local resident Cage helped organize the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, a citizens-based community group formed to help guide Joplin's long-term recovery. This is the first national presentation of the award, which was delivered during the city's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony. Seated in background from left: Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Barb Sturner/FEMA

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (left) presents a medal and framed award to Jane Cage and the citizens of Joplin in honor of the resiliency they have shown in their recovery following a devastating 2011 tornado.  DHS' Rick Rescorla National Award for Resiliency, honors Rick Rescorla who died on 9/11 while helping to save scores of colleagues at Morgan Stanley in one of the World Trade Center towers.  FEMA and local resident Cage helped organize the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, a citizens-based community group formed to help guide Joplin's long-term recovery. This is the first national presentation of the award, which was delivered during the city's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony.  Seated in background from left:  Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.  Barb Sturner/FEMA

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (left) presents the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience to Jane Cage and the citizens of Joplin, MO for their efforts to help the community recover from a devastating 2011 tornado. Cage heads the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, a citizen-based group formed to help guide Joplin's rebuilding. The award, given for just the second time, was presented during the city's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony. Seated in background from left: Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles, City Manager Mark Rohr, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Department of Commerce. FEMA continues to support the community's long-term recovery. Barb Sturner/FEMA

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (left) presents the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience to Jane Cage and the citizens of Joplin, MO for their efforts to help the community recover from a devastating 2011 tornado.  Cage heads the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, a citizen-based group formed to help guide Joplin's rebuilding.  The award, given for just the second time, was presented during the city's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony.  Seated in background from left: Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles, City Manager Mark Rohr, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, U.S. Department of Commerce. FEMA continues to support the community's long-term recovery.  Barb Sturner/FEMA

Joplin, Mo., Jan. 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

Joplin, Mo., Jan. 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano presents the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience to Jane Cage and the citizens of Joplin at the community's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony. Cage heads the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, a citizen-based group that was begun with the help of FEMA after the city was devastated by an EF 5 tornado in May 2011 to help guide the community's long-term recovery. Rescorla died on 9/11 after helping to save scores of Morgan Stanley employees from one of the World Trade Center towers. This is the first national presentation of the DHS award in his honor. Seated in the background from left: Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Barb Sturner/FEMA

Joplin, Mo., May 22, 2013 -- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano presents the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience to Jane Cage and the citizens of Joplin at the community's 2-year tornado anniversary ceremony. Cage heads the Joplin Area Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, a citizen-based group that was begun with the help of FEMA after the city was devastated by an EF 5 tornado in May 2011 to help guide the community's long-term recovery. Rescorla died on 9/11 after helping to save scores of Morgan Stanley employees from one of the World Trade Center towers.  This is the first national presentation of the DHS award in his honor. Seated in the background from left:  Joplin Fire Chief Mitch Randles and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.  Barb Sturner/FEMA

Jopiln, Mo., January 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see the recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

Jopiln, Mo., January 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see the recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

Joplin, Mo., July 12, 2011 -- Kim Cox, center, of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, speaks with community residents during a meeting about the recovery of the City of Joplin in the wake of the devastating tornado. Attendees posted comments on six information boards (housing, neighborhoods, environment and infrastructure, economic development, schools and community facilities, and sustainability and community vision). The meeting facilitated discussion about issues, assets and opportunities. FEMA photo Steve Castaner

Joplin, Mo., July 12, 2011 -- Kim Cox, center, of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team, speaks with community residents during a meeting about the recovery of the City of Joplin in the wake of the devastating tornado. Attendees posted comments on six information boards (housing, neighborhoods, environment and infrastructure, economic development, schools and community facilities, and sustainability and community vision). The meeting facilitated discussion about issues, assets and opportunities. FEMA photo Steve Castaner

Joplin, Mo., January 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see the recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

Joplin, Mo., January 17, 2014 -- Mayor Medlodee Colbert-Kean presents a Proclamation to Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator for FEMA, recognizing his work for the community's recovery following the deadly tornado on May 2011. Serino is in Joplin to see the recovery efforts. Photo by Steve Zumwalt FEMA

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes] Carey, Ohio, September 12, 2007 -- Jim Sherwood, an hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) marks flood waterline on a local barbershop entrance in the center of town.The bronze plaque on the store owners entrance is a historical marker indicating the level of the 1981 flood. The USGS marks flood water levels around the town, especially close to the stream. John Ficara/FEMA

[Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes] Carey, Ohio, September 12, 2007 -- Jim Sherwood, an hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) marks flood waterline on a local barbershop entrance in the center of town.The bronze plaque on the store owners entrance is a historical marker indicating the level of the 1981 flood. The USGS marks flood water levels around the town, especially close to the stream. John Ficara/FEMA

Jefferson Parish, La., May 14, 2013 -- Woodmere Elementary was originally built in 1984 and was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. FEMA provided more than $22.4 million in funding to replace the facility. Lillie Long/FEMA

Jefferson Parish, La., May 14, 2013 -- Woodmere Elementary was originally built in 1984 and was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. FEMA provided more than $22.4 million in funding to replace the facility. Lillie Long/FEMA

Lieutenant General Julius Becton, Jr. (retired) was the 103rd inductee of Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame (HOF) on May 8, 2014. Lieutenant General, Julius Becton, Jr. (retired) served as the Director of FEMA from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan. (Photo courtesy of Fort Leavenworth School of Public Affairs)

Lieutenant General Julius Becton, Jr. (retired) was the 103rd inductee of Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame (HOF) on May 8, 2014. Lieutenant General, Julius Becton, Jr. (retired) served as the Director of FEMA from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan. (Photo courtesy of Fort Leavenworth School of Public Affairs)

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 8, 2014 - Tim Seidel, Director of FEMA Region VII Grants Managements Division, congratulates retired Lieutenant General Julius Becton, Jr who was the 103rd inductee into Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame (HOF). The HOF honors "outstanding military and civilian leaders of the the Armed Forces of the United States who have served at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Lieutenant General Becton (retired) served as the Director of FEMA from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 8, 2014  - Tim Seidel, Director of FEMA Region VII Grants Managements Division, congratulates retired Lieutenant General Julius Becton, Jr who was the 103rd inductee into Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame (HOF). The HOF honors "outstanding military and civilian leaders of the the Armed Forces of the United States who have served at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Lieutenant General Becton (retired) served as the Director of FEMA from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 8, 2014 -- Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame (HOF) Induction Ceremony of Major General, Fox Conner (deceased) and Lieutenant General, Julius Becton, Jr. (retired). Lieutenant General Becton (retired) served as the Director of FEMA from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan

Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 8, 2014 -- Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame (HOF) Induction Ceremony of Major General, Fox Conner (deceased) and Lieutenant General, Julius Becton, Jr. (retired). Lieutenant General Becton (retired) served as the Director of FEMA from 1985 to 1989 under President Ronald Reagan

Port Monmouth, N.J., March 1, 2013 -- Monmouth Cove Marina, a multi-service facility purchased by Monmouth County in 1990, is slowly recovering after being devastated by Hurricane Sandy in late October. Some rack storage is being utilized and work is ongoing to restore the remainder of the Marina. FEMA works with local, state and federal partners to assist with recovery in communities affected by disasters. Photo by Sharon Karr/FEMA

Port Monmouth, N.J., March 1, 2013 -- Monmouth Cove Marina, a multi-service facility purchased by Monmouth County in 1990, is slowly recovering after being devastated by Hurricane Sandy in late October.  Some rack storage is being utilized and work is ongoing to restore the remainder of the Marina.  FEMA works with local, state and federal partners to assist with recovery in communities affected by disasters.  Photo by Sharon Karr/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, have survived Hurricane Sandy. Following the 1991 storm, these homes were elevated to meet FEMA standards. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, have survived Hurricane Sandy.  Following the 1991 storm, these homes were elevated to meet FEMA standards.  Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Aurora, Ill., July 23, 2013 --Paulette Coleman conducts a tutorial on online training for FEMA staff deployed in Illinois. FEMA supports educational opportunities and innovative career development for a fully trained workforce. Marquita Hynes/FEMA

Aurora, Ill., July 23, 2013 --Paulette Coleman conducts a tutorial on online training for FEMA staff deployed in Illinois. FEMA supports educational opportunities and innovative career development for a fully trained workforce. Marquita Hynes/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 29, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, stand ready for the tidal surge that is still hours away. These homes were elevated to FEMA standards following the 1991 storm. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 29, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, stand ready for the tidal surge that is still hours away.  These homes were elevated to FEMA standards following the 1991 storm.  Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, have survived Hurricane Sandy. Following the 1991 storm, these homes were elevated to meet FEMA standards. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, have survived Hurricane Sandy.  Following the 1991 storm, these homes were elevated to meet FEMA standards.  Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, have survived Hurricane Sandy. Following the 1991 storm, these homes were elevated to meet FEMA standards. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Scituate, Mass., Oct. 31, 2012 -- The few summer homes left standing after the Perfect Storm in 1991, have survived Hurricane Sandy.  Following the 1991 storm, these homes were elevated to meet FEMA standards.  Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA

Military and civilian officials discuss damage to the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai, in the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki. Pictured, from left, are: CAPT. Robert Mullens, commanding officer, PMRF; John Mihara, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific Division; Rear Adm. (lower half) William Retz, commander, Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, and an unidentified official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Military and civilian officials discuss damage to the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai, in the aftermath of Hurricane Iniki. Pictured, from left, are: CAPT. Robert Mullens, commanding officer, PMRF; John Mihara, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific Division; Rear Adm. (lower half) William Retz, commander, Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, and an unidentified official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Tracy City, MO, May 10, 2007 -- Flooded Tracy City Park. Federal and State funds were used to buy this property after the 1993 Midwest Floods. Last week the park flooded again, this time with no damage to property. FEMA/Teri Mayer

Tracy City, MO, May 10, 2007 -- Flooded Tracy City Park.  Federal and State funds were used to buy this property after the 1993 Midwest Floods.  Last week the park flooded again, this time with no damage to property.  FEMA/Teri Mayer

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A Stop sign in the small Northern California town of Meridian stands as a sign of the rising Sacramento River flood waters. Fort Bragg, Beale Air Force Base and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided sand bag working party personnel in an attempt to save the town from the rising flood waters

A Stop sign in the small Northern California town of Meridian stands as a sign of the rising Sacramento River flood waters. Fort Bragg, Beale Air Force Base and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided sand bag working party personnel in an attempt to save the town from the rising flood waters

Inmates from the Parlin Fork Prison Facility in Fort Bragg, CA, fill sandbags in the small northern California (CA) town of Meridian, near Beale Air Force Base. The inmates were brought in by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in an attempt to save the town from the rising flood waters of the Sacramento River

Inmates from the Parlin Fork Prison Facility in Fort Bragg, CA, fill sandbags in the small northern California (CA) town of Meridian, near Beale Air Force Base. The inmates were brought in by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in an attempt to save the town from the rising flood waters of the Sacramento River

A flooded sign stands near the town of Meridian, California. The town has become a victim to the rising flood waters of the Sacramento River. Fort Bragg, Beale Air Force Base and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided sand bag working party personnel in an attempt to save the town from the rising flood waters

A flooded sign stands near the town of Meridian, California. The town has become a victim to the rising flood waters of the Sacramento River. Fort Bragg, Beale Air Force Base and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided sand bag working party personnel in an attempt to save the town from the rising flood waters

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Search & Rescue personal go through Grand Fork neighborhoods flooded by the Red River. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Search & Rescue personal go through Grand Fork neighborhoods flooded by the Red River.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - A resident looks through the back door of a home that is not flooded because it's protected by a levee of sand bags. The Red River of the North is flooding Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - A resident looks through the back door of a home that is not flooded because it's protected by a levee of sand bags.  The Red River of the North is flooding Grand Forks.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the town. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the town. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a flooded Grand Forks neighborhood after the Red River flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a flooded Grand Forks neighborhood after the Red River flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - A flooded neighborhood with cars still floating due the flood waters from the Red River of the North. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - A flooded neighborhood with cars still floating due the flood waters from the Red River of the North.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks neighborhood still flooded after the Red River flood waters came though the town. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks neighborhood still flooded after the Red River flood waters came though the town. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Search & Rescue personal in boats go through Grand Forks neighborhoods flooded by the Red River of the North. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Search & Rescue personal in boats go through Grand Forks neighborhoods flooded by the Red River of the North.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a flooded Grand Forks neighborhood after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a flooded Grand Forks neighborhood after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the area.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 1, 1997 - Debris builds at the curbs as residents muck out their homes. Red River flood waters damaged many area homes. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 1, 1997 -  Debris builds at the curbs as residents muck out their homes. Red River flood waters damaged many area homes. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 1, 1997 -- Debris from the interior of homes now lines the streets and residents wait for it's removal to a site or landfill. Many area homes were damaged as water from the Red River entered their homes. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 1, 1997 -- Debris from the interior of homes now lines the streets and residents wait for it's removal to a site or landfill.  Many area homes were damaged as water from the Red River entered their homes.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks, the Red River and a flooded neighborhood. The Red River flooded the area. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of  Grand Forks, the Red River and a flooded neighborhood. The Red River flooded the area. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River of the North flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River of the North flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a still flooded Grand Forks neighborhood after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of  a still flooded Grand Forks neighborhood after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the city.FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River of the North flood waters came though the city.FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks and river. The Red River of the North flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of  Grand Forks and river. The Red River of the North flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Search & Rescue personal in a boat go through Grand Fork neighborhoods flooded by the Red River. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Search & Rescue personal in a boat go through Grand Fork neighborhoods flooded by the Red River. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks still flooded after the Red River came through town. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 1, 1997 - Aerial of Grand Forks still flooded after the Red River came through town. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a Grand Forks neighborhood still flooded after the Red River came though town. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND April 1, 1997 - Aerial of a Grand Forks neighborhood still flooded  after the Red River came though town. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/10/1997 -- Residents build up a sandbag levee as residents and volunteers fight the rising waters of the Red River. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/10/1997 -- Residents build up a sandbag levee as residents and volunteers fight the rising waters of the Red River. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/10/1997 -- Sandbagging becomes a community effort as hundreds of residents and volunteers fight the rising waters of the Red River. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/10/1997 -- Sandbagging becomes a community effort as hundreds of residents and volunteers fight the rising waters of the Red River. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/10/1997 -- Sandbagging becomes a community effort as hundreds of residents and volunteers fight the rising waters of the Red River of the North in Fargo, North Dakota. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/10/1997 -- Sandbagging becomes a community effort as hundreds of residents and volunteers fight the rising waters of the Red River of the North in Fargo, North Dakota. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/15/1997 -- Residents build up levees with sandbags as residents and volunteers prepare for the rising waters of the Red River of the North. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/15/1997 -- Residents build up levees with sandbags as residents and volunteers prepare for the rising waters of the Red River of the North.  FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - Residents of Grand Forks muck out their homes and use pumps to remove water from basements. The Red River flooded and damaged many homes in the area with mud and water. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - Residents of Grand Forks muck out their homes and use pumps to remove water from basements.  The Red River flooded and damaged many homes in the area with mud and water. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - A FEMA worker talks to a resident about the flooding damage to this neighborhood. The men are waiting for the Red River waters recede. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - A FEMA worker talks to a resident about the flooding damage to this neighborhood. The men are waiting for the Red River waters recede.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - A resident looks at the mud and water still in his home. The Red River damaged many area homes with mud and water when the Red River flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - A resident looks at the mud and water still  in his home.  The Red River damaged many area homes with mud and water when the Red River flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/15/1997 -- Newly filled sandbags are moved around by truck to a levee that's being raised. The entire community is working with volunteers to protect neighborhoods from the rising waters of the Red River of the North. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Fargo, ND, 04/15/1997 -- Newly filled sandbags are moved around by truck to a levee that's being raised.  The entire community is working with volunteers to protect neighborhoods from the rising waters of the Red River of the North.  FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - FEMA Public Information Office ED Conley (Left) talks with a staff member at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - FEMA Public Information Office ED Conley (Left) talks with a staff member at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - A FEMA worker and a resident stand in mud talking. The Red River flooded many homes in the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - A FEMA worker and a resident stand in mud talking.  The Red River flooded many  homes in the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, 04/15/1997 -- Residents and volunteers build a levee with sandbags to try and protect a neighborhood from the rising water of the Red River of the North. In less than 12 hours Grand Forks will be underwater. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, 04/15/1997 -- Residents and volunteers build a levee with sandbags to try and protect a neighborhood from the rising water of the Red River of the North. In less than 12 hours Grand Forks will be underwater. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - FEMA Community Relations members talk to a resident about FEMA recovery help. FEMA CR workers canvas once flooded neighborhoods talking with residents and giving recovery information and contact phone numbers. FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - FEMA Community Relations members talk to a resident about FEMA recovery help. FEMA CR workers canvas once flooded neighborhoods talking with residents and giving recovery information and contact phone numbers.  FEMA/Mike Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 -- Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River flood waters came though the city. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 -- Aerial of Grand Forks after the Red River flood waters came though the city.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - This house was lifted by flood waters and came to rest on a car. Houses were moved off their foundations as the Red River flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April 15, 1997 - This house was lifted by flood waters and came to rest on a car. Houses were moved off their foundations as the Red River flood waters came though Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- A resident watches a National Guard truck move through the streets of East Grand Forks evacuating residents as flood waters rise. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- A resident watches a National Guard truck move through the streets of East Grand Forks evacuating residents as flood waters rise.  FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- Residents of East Grand Forks are helped into National Guard trucks as the city is evacuated. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- Residents of East Grand Forks are helped into National Guard trucks as the city is evacuated. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- These dikes and sandbags failed to stem the flow of water along the Red River of the North and it's tributaries. The U.S. Coast Guard provided major assistance to the response effort. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- These dikes and sandbags failed to stem the flow of water along the Red River of the North and it's tributaries. The U.S. Coast Guard provided major assistance to the response effort.  FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- National Guardsmen help an elderly lady into a truck as East Grand Forks is evacuated. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/18/97 -- National Guardsmen help an elderly lady into a truck as East Grand Forks is evacuated. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged neighborhood in Grand Forks with the flooded Red River winding around the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged neighborhood in Grand Forks with the flooded Red River winding around the area.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged neighborhood in Grand Forks with the flooded Red River winding around the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged neighborhood in Grand Forks with the flooded Red River winding around the area.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of a flooded property with a house and it's immediate lawn like an island in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of a flooded property with a house and it's immediate lawn like an island in Grand Forks.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a neighborhood in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a neighborhood in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a flooded property with a house and it's immediate lawn like an island in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a flooded property with a house and it's immediate lawn like an island in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged industrial area in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged industrial area in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged neighborhood in Grand Forks with the flooded Red River winding around the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- Aerial view of a sandbagged neighborhood in Grand Forks with the flooded Red River winding around the area.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May , 1997 - Aerial view of Downtown Grand Forks and flooded streets. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May , 1997 - Aerial view of Downtown Grand Forks and flooded streets. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/25/1997 -- FEMA Director James Lee Witt speaks with a flood survivor in East Grand Forks, MN. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/25/1997 -- FEMA Director James Lee Witt speaks with a flood survivor in East Grand Forks, MN.  FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/25/1997-- Rep. Newt Gingrich speaks with a Minnesota resident about the flood relief efforts. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/25/1997-- Rep. Newt Gingrich speaks with a Minnesota resident about the flood relief efforts.  FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/25/1997 -- Governor Arne Carlson, Rep. Newt Gingrich and East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss discuss flood recovery efforts in the days following the Red River Flood. FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/25/1997 -- Governor Arne Carlson, Rep. Newt Gingrich and East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss discuss flood recovery efforts in the days following the Red River Flood.  FEMA/David Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- A FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) worker sets up a Recovery Center in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- A FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) worker sets up a Recovery Center in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA workers Ken Jordan and Lesli Rucker at a recovery Center in Grand Forks ND. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA workers Ken Jordan and Lesli Rucker at a recovery Center in Grand Forks ND.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA workers Ken Jordan and Lesli Rucker at a recovery Center in Grand Forks ND. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA workers Ken Jordan and Lesli Rucker at a recovery Center in Grand Forks ND.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA's Director, James Lee Witt, talks with residents who are mucking out their homes after the Red River of the North flooded the area. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA's Director, James Lee Witt, talks with residents who are mucking out their homes after the Red River of the North flooded the area.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) workers set up a Recovery Center in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) workers set up a Recovery Center in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/30/1997 -- As the water finally recedes debris, that was carried by the water, litters neighborhoods. FEMA/Dave Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] East Grand Forks, MN, 04/30/1997 -- As the water finally recedes debris, that was carried by the water, litters neighborhoods. FEMA/Dave Saville

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA Director, James Lee Witt, meets and talks with residents at a FEMA Recovery Center in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 -- FEMA Director, James Lee Witt, meets and talks with residents at a FEMA Recovery Center in Grand Forks.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 - FEMA's Director, James Lee Witt, talks with a FEMA inspector. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, April, 1997 - FEMA's Director, James Lee Witt, talks with a FEMA inspector.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North and a levee that was toped with sandbags and breeched, flooding a neighborhood near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North and a levee that was toped with sandbags and breeched, flooding a neighborhood near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North and a levee that was toped with sandbags and breeched, flooding a neighborhood near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North and a levee that was toped with sandbags and breeched, flooding a neighborhood near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 01, 1997 - Debris builds up as residents muck out their homes. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 01, 1997 -  Debris builds up as residents muck out their homes. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks neighborhood and the flooded Red River of the North. The levee in the foreground was toped with sandbags but breeched, flooding the area near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks neighborhood and the flooded Red River of the North. The levee in the foreground was toped with sandbags but breeched, flooding the area near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of a neighborhood in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of a neighborhood in Grand Forks and the flooded Red River. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River with a berm levee that was breeched flooding a neighborhood. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River with a berm levee that was breeched flooding a neighborhood. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North. In the foreground are burned buildings. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North. In the foreground are burned buildings.  FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- FEMA travel trailers in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- FEMA travel trailers in Grand Forks. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North and a levee that was toped with sandbags and breeched, flooding a neighborhood near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks and the flooded Red River of the North and a levee that was toped with sandbags and breeched, flooding a neighborhood near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks neighborhood and a bridge crossing the flooded Red River of the North. The levees that were protecting the city are breeched, flooding the area near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May, 1997 -- Aerial view of Grand Forks neighborhood and a bridge crossing the flooded Red River of the North. The levees that were protecting the city are breeched, flooding the area near the river. FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 01, 1997 - A FEMA official and two children smile for the camera at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). FEMA/Michael Rieger

[Severe Storms/Flooding] Grand Forks, ND, May 01, 1997 -  A FEMA official and two children smile for the camera at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). FEMA/Michael Rieger