The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Craig Buckalew
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Craig Buckalew, a native of Iowa, moved to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, in 1990, when he opened a Hardware Hank franchise there. In 1994, he and his family built a home in the northeastern part of East Grand Forks, well away from the normal course of the Red River. The 1997 flood damaged the home, but with the damage repaired Buckalew and his family continued to live and operate their hardware business in East Grand Forks. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Buckalew discusses his and his family's experiences during the 1997 flood. He describes how he evacuated his family to Crookston, Minnesota, after the dikes broke in East Grand Forks, then returned to protect his store as the flood waters spread eastward. He explains how he and several others built an emergency sandbag dike to prevent the water from inundating the building, and how he was able to live at the site of his store until the flood receded. While several of Buckalew's friends and neighbors decided to leave East Grand Forks in the aftermath of the flood, he and his family chose to stay. He describes the damage that the flood did to his home and explains the difficulties he, his wife, and their three children faced in repairing their home, including some of the insurance details connected with financing the repairs. He also discusses the flood's effect on his hardware business and the repairs and new construction that followed the flood.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
40 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Buckalew, Craig
Interviewer: Shoptaugh, Terry L.
Made in East Grand Forks, Polk County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in East Grand Forks, Polk County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 10/28/1997
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 57
Accession Number AV1999.66.7
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project'

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