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Flooding of the Red River Plain Near Ste. Agathe, 1997
This photograph illustrates the extensiveness of the Red River flood of 1997. The photo taken near the time of maximum inundation is of the area north and east of Ste. Agathe 1. The course of the Red River is just discernable in the west 2, picked out mainly by trees growing along its banks 3. The same is true of Rat River 4 that joins the Red near the top of the photo 5. PTH 75 6 that bypasses St. Agathe to the west is flooded in places 7, as are PR 200 8 east of the Red and the east/west PR 305 9. Ring dikes around them 10 protect some farmsteads, but others are flooded 11, as is most of the agricultural land in the area.
One of the reasons for the severity of the 1997 flood was a late-season heavy snowfall, and some of that snow still persists 12 on May 1 when this photo was taken.