The Red River Floods of 1997 Oral History Project: Interview with Pamela Dohman
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Pamela Dohman was born and raised in Breckenridge, Minnesota, and attended Breckenridge High School. She served as volunteer coordinator during the 1989 and 1997 floods. At the time of the interview Dohman worked in the Breckenridge High School library and her husband was the city's fire chief. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: The 1989 flood; the first flood of April 5 and 6, 1997; where the flood started; ease of flooding in the city; who volunteers; communication and cell phones; prioritizing dike building; sandbagging; effect of flood on elderly; the first flood (the Otter Tail River); initial failure of the radio station to broadcast news of flooding; the ice; weather hampering travel in town; rumors of flooding at Tyler; the crisis of the dikes breaking on the north side; no water or sewer available at home; evacuation centers at fire hall; no evacuation of pets; preparing food; the work of teenagers; boats; volunteer help from outside Breckenridge; the Salvation Army; FEMA; accuracy of flood forecasting; being on national news; preventing future flooding on this scale; getting new facilities for volunteer services in the future.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
34 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 90 minutes length
Creation Interviewee: Dohman, Pamela
Interviewer: Shoptaugh, Terry
Made in Breckenridge, Wilkin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Breckenridge, Wilkin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 07/08/1997
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 57
Accession Number AV1999.66.9
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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