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.