Community Outreach

Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response
(formerly Lutheran Disaster Response)

Past Disasters

The most famous disaster in North Dakota was the flooding of the entire Red River Valley of the North. Cities along its path were devastated by waters that overflowed from its normal 100 yard riverbed to become 25 miles wide.

In 1997 and 2000, there were two Presidential disaster declarations each year.

North Dakota has had many such declarations:
June 13, 2000 - Flooding in rural communities
June 19, 2000 - Flooding in Fargo
August 12, 2000 - Straight line winds in Devils Lake
June 2005 - Flash Flooding in Edgeley area
July 12, 2006 - Coleharbor Tornado
August 26, 2007 - EF4 Tornado in Northwood
July 7, 2008 - Tornado in Rolette County
Spring 2009 - Flooding in 26 ND counties and the Dickinson Tornado July 2009
Spring/Summer Flooding - Minot, Williston, Bismarck, Mandan and high tables across ND