The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Greg Holmvik
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: A native of Fertile, Minnesota, Greg Holmvik joined the Ada police force in 1973, after leaving the United States Army. In 1975, Holmvik became the chief of the Ada police department. As of 1999, two years after the flood, Holmvik continued to live in Ada and serve as its police chief. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Holmvik describes the course of the 1997 flooding in and around Ada. He explains the role of the police department in the evacuation of most of Ada's residents during the heavy flooding and loss of power early in April. He also discusses the many activities that occurred in Ada while the town was largely evacuated. His describes some of the earliest recovery actions taken in Ada, to restore power and services, and to provide food and shelter to the emergency workers in the town during April. He explains some of the impact of the flood on such issues as police work, funding for flood recovery, and rebuilding the infrastructure of the community, including the equipment of the police force. He concludes the interview with some thoughts on the long-term recovery of Ada as a result of the flooding.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
37 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 85 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Holmvik, Greg
Interviewer: Shoptaugh, Terry
Made in Ada, Norman County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Ada, Norman County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/13/1998
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 57
Accession Number AV1999.66.13
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project'

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