Dramatic Images from the Bismarck-Mandan Flood of April 1952
On a Sunday afternoon in April 1952, snowmelt and ice flows backed up and triggered rapid flooding in Bismarck and Mandan, the likes of which weren't seen again until 2011.
"During that afternoon," reads a Bismarck Tribune retrospective of the 1952 flood, "floodwaters rose at a rate of an inch per hour, swamping about 200 homes, leaving more than 1,000 residents homeless. According to reports, more than 100 people had to be rescued by boat and helicopter and many lost everything."
One of the people rescued was Art Zumbaum, pictured below, who was unreachable by boat and stranded in his house for two days, and "was forced to break through the ceiling and roof to await rescue via helicopter."
Houses and cattle were lost, but thankfully no people perished in the 1952 flood.