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Cullens escape Fargo flood

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Like the rest of the city of Fargo, Matt Cullen and his family escaped any serious damage from the Red River flooding over the past few weeks.

The Carolina Hurricanes center's offseason home is on a hill away from the river, but his father and two brothers were both under evacuation orders, with his younger brother Joe's house only yards from the river in Moorhead, Minn.

But the frantic sandbagging and around-the-clock dike repairs prevented much more than basement flooding when catastrophe seemed just around the corner. Twelve years ago, Fargo and Grand Forks were both hit hard when the Red River flooded, and the river was even higher this year, but without the same disaster.

"They did an unbelievable job," Cullen said. "It happens pretty much every year to some extend, but the flood of '97 was fresh in everybody's memory."

Cullen could have returned home if needed — he hasn't played since March 21 because of a foot injury — but that was never required.


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Cullen side note

The Jr. Hurricane squirts played a tournament in Fargo this February. One of the many rinks they palyed at was in Moorhead. On the walls of the rink they had the shirts of the NHL pros from the area. Matt Cullen had his own wall with his shirt signed and a big picture of him (from game 7) holding the Stanley cup. I think the squirts wore their Canes uniforms proudly after seeing that, as they went 5-1.

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Luke has worked for The N&O since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at (919) 829-8947, @LukeDeCock on Twitter or