Illa Cannon



Operations Officer, Pennington County Civil Defense; Went to office about 8 p.m., June 9 because of reports of flooding outside Rapid City; Monitored calls on Fire Department and Street Department radios to assess situation; Set up Emergency Operations; Activated emergency broadcast system; Took addresses of temporary housing, body locations; Problems in following Civil Defense plan; Distribution of sanitation kits; Coordination problems; Assessment of Civil Defense handling of disaster and suggested improvements; Security problems in Emergency Operations Center; Operated out of Emergency Operations center for about 3 hours during second flood, June 17.


SD Oral History Center


June 29, 1972


Earl Hausle


SD Oral History Center, “Illa Cannon,” Flood of 1972, accessed January 17, 2021,