These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have
taken place in every state. There is also controversy over
what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.
All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.
The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have
linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on
this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The
links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.
Good luck in your efforts.
1997 Red River Flood __ "The Red River Flood of 1997 was a major flood that
occurred in April and May 1997, along the Red River of the North in North
Dakota, Minnesota, and Southern Manitoba. It was the most severe flood of
the river since 1826." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From
Hennepin Island tunnel __ "During construction of the tunnel, on October 5,
1869, the river broke through the thin layer of limestone separating the
river's bed from the tunnel. The rushing river scoured the tunnel, caving in
parts of Hennepin Island and causing the earth supporting St. Anthony Falls
to collapse upstream." an encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From
I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse __ "At 6:05 pm on Wednesday, August
1, 2007, during the evening rush hour, the main spans of the bridge
collapsed, falling into the river and onto its banks. Thirteen people died
and approximately one hundred more were injured." An encyclopedic article. -
From wikipedia -
Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire __ "The Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire
destroyed an entire block of Downtown Minneapolis on November 25-26, 1982,
including the 16-story headquarters of Northwestern National Bank (now Wells
Fargo) and the vacant, partially-demolished location formerly occupied by
Donaldson's department store,..." An encyclopedic article. - from wikipedia
Minnesota Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __
Minnesota Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Minnesota
floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions,
..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From gendisasters.com -
Minnesota Tornado History and Statistics __ "Minnesota lies along the north
edge of the region of maximum tornado occurrence in the United States." You
will find an article about Minnesota tornadoes and a wealth of additional
resources. - From umn.edu -
Winona, MN Flood, June 1899 __ "Terrific rains have fallen in this section
of the Mississippi valley for the past ten hours, accompanied by a heavy
electrical disturbance. Bridges have been washed away in every direction and
roads are impassable." Original news articles plus links to related
material. - From gendisasters.com -