CANADA: Red Ramp

From a makeshift command post in the Manitoba legislature building last week, a composed, greying soldier in the red-tabbed battledress of a brigadier defended besieged Winnipeg against the city's worst flood in a century. His orders flowed by field telephone and radio to 50,000 men sweating on 15 miles of soggy, sandbagged dikes along the surging Red River of the North. Occasionally he hopped into a helicopter for a hurried look at a new danger point. By week's end, as hope mounted that the main crisis had been met with only two lives lost, many a Winnipegger sent up...