Most of you have likely heard of the unprecedented flooding in Calgary, Alberta, last week. over 95,000 people were evacuated and quite a few are still not able to return to their homes. The majority of homes were flooded enough to require the removal of furniture, appliances, carpeting, drywall, possessions and more . . . It was the worst flood in Alberta in history and has been declared a disaster.
Nearby towns were also affected, including High River, where all the residents were told to evacuate, although over a hundred refused, which meant that a few people had to be rescued later for various reasons. We’ve been watching the news daily, as we have relatives (not close ones) living there.
Several First Nations reserves were completely flooded, too, with all residents being evacuated and many will lose their homes. A hard time for most people in the southern province. On the positive side, people in Calgary came together with a great show of team spirit; after some residents were allowed back into their homes and were busy discarding furnishings, carpet, belongings, etc., some people were walking around offering their help where needed. A couple of food places were providing free food to victims and rescuers alike. Lots of Canadian Forces personnel were deployed to help in the search and rescue efforts and off-duty policement went in droves, too, riding along with Calgary officers so that some could take time to sleep, etc. All in all, a good show of true humanity.
Sometimes I think we need a hard time once in a while, just because it gives us the chance to express our true selves in ways we often minimize. The mayor of Calgary set a great example, working long hours, communicating well and often; you could see he was pretty tired, but he was always cheerful and full of praise for everyone.
We had rain steadily that week, but only a little flooding and a flood warning for the river valley, where the banks overflowed in a fewe places. The usual idiots were stupid enough to go out on the river in a canoe, an inflatable raft and an inflatable mattress; this, in spite of having been warned not to go in the water or even go near the banks, which were undercut severely in places. The water was moving very fast, carrying trees and other debris. In some places, people were wading into the water so their friends could snap photos of them ‘in the flood’ . . .
There was flooding in western BC, too, but I didn’t catch any coverage of it on tv.
I have some pictures from that week, a brief sunny interlude and others taken last week as well, followed by a few of the sunset last night, which was spectacular. Bear with me . . . I’m practising my new skill of creating slideshows . . . 😉