The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Ron Pederson and John Stumpf
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ron Pederson has worked at Northern States Power Company for some 35 years, and at the time of the 1997 Red River Valley flood, he was the manager of natural gas operations in North Dakota for NSP. His associate John Stumpf began working at NSP in 1980 as lineman. At the time of the flood, Stumpf was superintendent of power lines for the company. At the time of the interview, Pederson and Stumpf continued to direct gas and electrical power operations at Northern States Power. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Pederson and Stumpf discuss their activities in restoring electrical power and natural gas service to flooded communities. Stumpf discusses the difficulties involved in restoring electrical lines that had been brought down by a severe blizzard in early April of 1997, knocking out power for large number of communities and rural customers in the Valley. The largest part of the interview is devoted to the problems of restoring services after the flood to Grand Forks, North Dakota. Pederson discusses the problems with restoring natural gas service to homes in the community, and in replacing natural gas lines that were flooded or otherwise damaged. Stumpf describes the many steps involved in restoring electrical service. Both men also describe in detail steps taken by NSP to protect power and gas facilities during the flood and steps taken to provide greater protection in any future flooding. They describe how employees of NSP were housed and fed in Grand Forks while the flood waters were receding, and in the weeks following. They conclude the interview by discussing how the flood and the recovery efforts affected employees of Northern States Power.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
27 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 55 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Pederson, Ronald P.
Interviewee: Stumpf, John
Interviewer: Shoptaugh, Terry L.
Dates Creation: 06/30/1998
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 57
Accession Number AV1999.66.24
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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