The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Herb Reimer
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Herb Reimer, the city engineer and assistant public works director for city of Moorhead, is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a B.S. in civil engineering. He worked for Fargo for about five years after graduating, then went to work for Moorhead. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The work of a city engineer; the toughness of the winter before the flood; planning for flooding; community meetings; flood insurance rate maps; deciding where to dike; overland flooding; early flooding of drainage ditches; the need for a comprehensive water management plan in the valley; creating a channel for the ditch flooding; help from the National Guard; the Emergency Operation Center; working with the city of Fargo; failure of mechanical gauges; misinformation about cresting; trying to save the country club; using garbage trucks to hold down storm sewer covers; Oak Port; crisis of false cresting rumors; relief after the final crest on the eighteenth; flood threats to his family; 133 hours of overtime during two weeks; willingness of public to pitch in; prior preparation for a one-hundred year flood; the value of the Army Corps of Engineers; differences between 1969 and 1987 floods.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
24 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 60 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Reimer, Herb
Interviewer: Shoptaugh, Terry L.
Made in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 07/11/1997
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 57
Accession Number AV1999.66.25
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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