Flood Disaster!

A Flood Disaster Experience

A newspaper office received a call that the Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona border had developed a crack and that water was leaking past the dam and flooding the downstream land area.

The editor of the paper convened an emergency meeting.  He assigned actions to his news team to cover this late-breaking news story.  They requisitioned a helicopter, provisioned it with camera and news equipment, a camera crew, and a reporter, and immediately dispatched it to the disaster scene.

The helicopter landed on a hillside overlooking the dam.  The news crew set up a “base camp” there for logistical and communications purposes, then quickly began filming the catastrophe from this high-ground vantage point.  The cameras started rolling and the reporter promptly went into high gear.  She began reporting on everything that was happening.

The crack in the dam was propagating larger incrementally.  The volume of the water gushing from the crack was increasing steadily.  The downstream landscape was underwater.  Using eavesdropping equipment to listen in on remote conversations and also listening to the emergency bands on the radio, they heard reports of thousands of people dead or stranded; of hospitals dispatching Traumahawk helicopters to helivac injured people to safety; of the National Guard being mobilized to maintain order, to rescue trapped residents, and distribute needed food, water, and medical supplies; of FEMA and the CDC being activated and put on alert.

Downstream of the dam, buildings could be seen being swept away by the floodwaters.  Power lines were downed, trees were being washed away, and cars were being pushed around like a child’s toys.  News feeds from other TV channels began to report as more reporters began arriving on the scene.

The President went on TV to make an emergency announcement.  All normal TV programming was pre-empted by the emergency broadcast message.  He called for people to remain calm and to stay off the phone lines so emergency personnel could communicate with each other as necessary.  He said that FEMA, the CDC, and the Arizona and Nevada National Guard organizations had been mobilized and were heading to the scene to respond to the disaster.  He assured the public that every possible measure was being taken to ensure the safety of the disaster victims.

Logistics was a bit of a problem.  Getting the food to the flood victims was complicated by the rising flood waters.  The Army Corps of Engineers had arrived on the scene to see if sealing the break in the dam was a feasible contingency action.

Temporary medical triage centers were set up to help those who could be helped and to comfort those who could not.  Volunteer doctors and nurses were being flown in from locations around the country.  Intravenous (IV) stations, hospital cots, and other medical tents were set up.  Conditions were frantic.  Ordered chaos was the word of the day.  They worked to set and splint broken bones, to treat contusions and concussions, to perform blood transfusions, and to stabilize critical patients whose vital signs were waning.  Some victims had been crushed by heavy debris smashing against them.  The types of injuries ran the gamut from minor to mortal, from cuts and scrapes to broken bones and severed arteries.

Psychologists were brought in to calm down traumatized victims who were in shock from losing everything they possessed.

Emergency interim living quarters were being set up to house the flood victims, or refugees if you will.  Many of the refugees, if they were lucky enough to be alive, were now homeless and without food, water, or money.

The news crew was reinforced and organized into work shifts so they could cover the news 24/7.  Eventually, the break was sealed, situation was resolved, and order was restored.  After three long weeks, the weary news crews wrapped up shop and went home to their families again.


Instructions:  In the quiz below, your knowledge of verb tenses and voices is being tested. The popup hint will give you a verb in its bare infinitive form. Your task is to enter the correct tense and voice (active or passive) of the verb. For example, if the text uses “Had been seen”, your hint will be “see”. You must figure out from the contexts that “had been seen” is the verb form being sought.


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