Within several days of the High River Flood in the summer of 2013, Rob was appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Officer in charge of the Municipal Flood Recovery. He spent most of his life for the next two years guiding, leading and supporting the Town’s efforts to recover from one of Canada’s worst natural disasters.
The Town suffered significant impacts, such as damage or loss of 79 of 83 municipal buildings, over 4,000 homes affected, massive impairment to municipal infrastructure and major destruction of the downtown core and local business community.
But the very first step to recovering the community was restablishing the confidence for people and businesses to rebuild. Rob spearheaded the efforts to design, finance, and construct a substantial dike system that now protects the entire community from similar or greater flood threats.