Posted at 8:11 AM on March 31, 2009
by Than Tibbetts
While Bob takes a well-deserved day off after covering the flood in Moorhead -- if you haven't read the Saving Riverview Circle series, please do -- Steve Mullis and I will be house-sitting here at News Cut today.
If you're not familiar with the story, consider this primer on the group known as Al-Shabaab.
In other words, since the DIY levees are holding, the opportunity to have the feds pick up the tab for a massive flood abatement project is gone. After the catastrophe in 1997, Grand Forks now has flood protection that in some cases is nearly 6 feet higher than the '97 crest.1 Comments)
Posted at 2:04 PM on March 31, 2009
by Julia Schrenkler
The Red River Flooding of 2009 isn't the first crisis that had people using social media from the front lines. As new communication tools keep disaster victims in touch with each other, the rest of us are also lurking and observing.
It changes the nature of news coverage and it changes the way others tune into the crisis. News organizations like WCCO and The Star Tribune - and including our own newsroom - included a Twitter feed of updates that relate to the Red River flood. For the Twitter user, this extends the instant publication and for the reader this is an instant report.
No matter what the crisis, does it matter to the individual as long as friends, family, and even FEMA (@femainfocus) might be following the Tweets and Facebook updates? Or that media producers review video and photo sites? This sort of "crowdstalking" is another way for the media to discover and define their own coverage.
Today The American Public Health Association is holding a social media and crisis communication roundtable. I'm hoping to get a recap or a link to their aggregated content around the topic, but haven't heard back from them yet. So far I'm eavesdropping on the updates via the session's Twitter tag, #risk20.
All this messaging and updating across multiple sites makes me wonder what your online tool of choice is during a disaster. What works for you online...and how? If you're not involved in the crisis which tool do you use to get first person reports?
NASA's Earth Observatory has released an image of the swollen Red River taken on March 28th when the river was at its record crest of 40.82 feet.
Head over to the Earth Observatory site where they have a 5 MB high-res version of the photo.
A second image shows you just what would happen if the levees and dikes weren't in place in Fargo-Moorhead. Beyond the city limits, the river is blown out well beyond its banks.
You really get a sense of how vast and flat the landscape is on either side of the river.(1 Comments)