I work in Communications for a municipality and when Alberta Environment opened the Oldman Dam they released a Flash Flood warning and our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) kicked into high gear. As a Communications person, I play a vital role in the EOC as I have to ensure timely updates are given to the media and the public.

Working hard in the EOC
Working hard in the EOC

It was a crazy and intense three days as we had flood warnings in two different rivers. I worked from 8:30 am- 11 p.m. on Thursday and 1 am- 8 am, 8:30 am -5:30 pm on Friday AND 5 pm- 7:30 pm on Saturday. I am exhausted. I did get to meet Premier Redford and shake her hand when she was here for a press conference which I thought was pretty cool.

I'm the blonde Tweeting in the background! :)
I’m the blonde Tweeting in the background! 🙂

We were lucky that the flash floods predicted never manifested and we had slow, steady rising waters. Unlike Calgary, High River, and Canmore, we are lucky that the Oldman River is in the coulees far away from any homes or businesses.

I am sending positive energy to all the folks affected by the flooding and a kudos to the municipal workers manning the EOC’s round the clock.

Here is an interview I did with Global Lethbridge to talk about how we used social media during the flood emergency- http://globalnews.ca/video/675494/social-media-and-crisis

High water levels on the Little Bow River
High water levels on the Little Bow River
Debris being washed on the Oldman (Photo credit; City of Lethbridge)
Debris being washed on the Oldman (Photo credit; City of Lethbridge)

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