As sidewalks disappeared beneath flood waters in Calgary and 100,000 evacuated their homes, mayor Naheed Nenshi worked to manage response with other public servants this past week.
He conducted press briefings, surveyed the damage and reminded residents that it's a stupid, stupid idea to canoe on the overflowing Bow River.
Nenshi, Premier Alison Redford and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have been commended for their leadership efforts during the disaster.
But there's one thing Mayor Nenshi didn't do, and his supporters weren't about to let him get away with it. Nenshi needed a nap.
The Twitter hashtag #Nap4Nenshi began to emerge as Canadians noticed the mayor had been visible for nearly two days straight.
— Corphix (@CorphixGaming) June 22, 2013
— Doug Dirks (@cbcDougDirks) June 22, 2013
No one shot the mayor with a tranquilizer dart but in the end, he tweeted late Friday night that he was indeed preparing for a nap.
I'm just taking another survey of the situation. Then home for (really!) a nap.
— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) June 22, 2013
And with that, a day that started 43 hours ago comes to a close. It included 1 plane, 2 helicopters and 3:45 am and 8:30 pm press briefings — Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) June 22, 2013
He was back online several hours later, reminding everyone that Calgary would pull through.