My grandparents and uncle live in Medicine Hat, fortunately in the higher areas. The South Saskatchewan was high when we were there visiting a month ago so the evacuation order isn't to shocking now. I have 2nd cousins who live outside of the city who could be affected by the Old Man River if it gets bad again. They were flooded out 3 years ago when they had all that rain.
"I think I saw what happens next It was just a glimpse of you Like looking through a window Or a shallow sea Could you see me? And after all this time It's like nothing else we used to know After all the hangers-on are done Hanging on to the dead lights Of the afterglow" Afterlife - Arcade Fire
Yeah I have been away awhile from this site. Long story.
Anyway, my story. I went up to my sister's place in the NW on Thursday. Came back home that evening. (I live in the SE). No problem I thought. I watched the news for 2 hours, and then went on my computer to watch some shows. I heard, around 1:40 in the morning, an announcement "this is a mandatory evacuation". I thought it was from my TV downstairs. Then about 20 minutes later, a neighbour knocks on my door (and rings the doorbell too) to tell me to evacuate. Wow. She gave me a ride, as I had an exhausting day. So I spent the night in the Southland Leisure Centre, where the Red Cross had a major setup. I didn't sleep. I got a lift from my tenants (nice of them!) to my friend's house in the SW. Went to bed at 8 p.m. and slept for 12 hours. (I was awake for about 40). Today, I was listening to the news, and checking the websites, and found NOTHING about my community that was evacuated. It was like we didn't EXIST. So my friend's husband gave me a lift. My home is FINE. The neighbouring golf course was flooded though. But not badly. And the bike paths in my area are partially flooded. But since the Bow River is not near my home, it wasn't as bad as it was for others. (And I live in a VALLEY).
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The saddledome is just wrecked... I can't believe the Flames President thinks that the concerts will still go on as scheduled. I'm supposed to go to the Dixie Chicks on July 9, but I have ZERO idea how that's going to happen with the images that I've seen... Just a disaster.
My heart is aching a little bit right now for everyone in Calgary for sure. My friend lives right on 17th Ave in the beltline is away on vacation right now, he says him and all of his friends don't really have homes to go back to, and that his parents house is under about 8 feet of water at the moment...
Downtown too is like a ghost town at the moment.
Daughter and family were able to get out of Turner Valley today, as the water at Millarville is low enough for trucks to get through. Some people in Calgary have been able to go back to their homes.
High River is just a mess -- the police are keeping everyone out of the town until everyone has been accounted for. There's also no power, and the water supply is certainly dicey. They're working on the sewage system. From what I've heard, a number of people completely lost their homes. It's so sad...
Haunting the Princess of Pink since 20/07/11...
Really - where is the water going to go? Obviously the water is going down now, but it needs to go somewhere...is the drainage system able to cope?
More power problems in Alberta - CBC Newsworld was reporting this morning that Banff and Lake Louise were without power. There was apparently an effort to release water at a hydroelectric station that went wrong. A substation was inundated but I believe that power has now been restored.
Can't skate but love to watch
Photos (real ones) from inside the Saddledome...
High River, Black Diamond, Turner Valley...we've camped many times in the campground at Black Diamond, but I wonder if the Lions will have the wherewithal to rebuild? It appears almost a third of the campground has washed away. There's something surreal about the guardrail still hanging across the Sheep River where the Decalta Road bridge used to be.
Comment from Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi...
Angleskates...I don't know where the water will go. It will, I presume, drain away as it can. There was so much rain, and it's been a rainy June anyways, so the ground is just saturated. The mayor of Calgary was saying they don't expect the downtown to open until probably Wednesday (but things can change). The Calgary Flames president said the damage to the event level of the 'Dome is just massive. The Stampede president said they're planning (hoping?) to be able to still start Stampede on July 5, but damn there's a lot of work to do before then to get Stampede Park ready to roll. Slowly, neighbourhoods affected by the flooding are being allowed back in to their homes, if nothing else, to survey the damage.
But, just like any community facing natural disaster, Calgary will pull through, as will High River, Canmore. The resiliency of human beings is quite remarkable.
Haunting the Princess of Pink since 20/07/11...
WOW, those pix are amazing...and NOT in the good way!
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My apologies to Medicine Hat if my inadvertent "SE Alberta" instead of SW in the subject line in any way contributed to the flooding spreading your way.
And now a different kind of misery begins....The Globe and Mail @globeandmail 37m
From @globebusiness: 25% of Alberta flood damage likely not covered by insurance: BMO http://bit.ly/10OupVE
EDIT2:The Globe and Mail @globeandmail 1h
Alberta pledges $1-billion in flood relief for families and municipalities http://bit.ly/10OmVlg
EDIT3:The Globe and Mail @globeandmail 33m
Prince William sends message of support to Alberta flood victims http://bit.ly/1cfnvIG
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I'm headed to Calgary in a few days (had a trip planned before the flood), and will be helping out some friends, and who ever else needs it, while I'm there. I've been glued to the media coverage, so have seen all the pictures, but still imagine it will be quite something to see the damage in person.
Also...if anyone does feel inclined to donate/help/volunteer, this Facebook page is probably the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for finding out where/what the needs are: https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryCleanUp?fref=ts
I know, I know, it's not funny ... but part of me is highly amused at the thought of escaped hippos swimming in the Bow river.