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'97 vs '09: Pre-crest storms not comparable, experts say

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FARGO - The weather that struck the Red River Valley on April 5 and 6, 1997, was extreme, even by Great Plains standards.

Freezing rain and 70 mph winds reduced power poles to kindling, as up to seven inches of snow blanketed the valley.

A record cold snap followed.

Then the big flood came, with the Red River cresting at 39.57 feet on April 17.

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