1965 flood

The 1965 spring flood holds the record for the Mississippi here at downtown St. Paul. That year, the river crested at 26.40 feet on April 16, 1965.

April 13, 1965: Looking upriver at downtown St. Paul
April 13, 1965: Looking upriver at downtown St. PaulCourtesy Philip C. Dittes, Minnesota Historical Society

Do you remember it? Have a story? Tell us! Leave a comment below.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This flood was very intense. I was a junior at Patrick Henry High School. The river was so high. My friends and I, went swimming in the flood.

posted on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 9:26am
Zainab's picture
Zainab says:

Why did you go swimming in the flood?

posted on Sun, 04/24/2011 - 2:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is cool :)

posted on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 1:28pm
Jim's picture
Jim says:

The 1965 flood taught me the difference between community and government. A meeting was held at our little town’s volunteer fire station. The Police chief and the Mayor each tried to organize things but it quickly became evident that they were clueless. When your experience in leadership is to pull out a gun and tell people the have to do this or that you cannot inspire volunteerism or cooperation. Finally the someone suggested that our contractors and the owner of the sand quarry should be organize things. Thank God they did we built the dyke which held back this record flood. It was like a several day party. Katrena is how things go when government takes over and erodes community! For the sake of our grandchildren I hope community will again take charge. But how do we get the guns away from the many despots who buy their power with tax money stolen from the productive.

posted on Wed, 06/01/2011 - 6:06am
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jmerkoward says:

I didn't witness the flood myself (wasn't born then), but I have a relative from this region who remember the event. He was a I was a sophomore at Winona State University during that time...

posted on Fri, 06/13/2014 - 3:51pm

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