Jun 21

Fri '13

Safe during the Flood

Sometimes I have been upset with where I live in Calgary. I used to complain that there was really only one way in and out of our community and on some days, it could really be a nightmare to get to where I wanted to go. However, today I am one grateful girl.

As many of you know, Calgary has declared a State of Local Emergency, as we are experiencing one of the worst floods in the history of the city. All of our downtown core area is shut down and evacuated. Many communities by the rivers have been evacuated as well. More than 75000 people have been sent away from their homes hoping there will be a home to come back to. Electricity is turned off in many areas around the city, including some communities that are not evacuated. The military has been called in and help has been gushing in from all over the country.

Where we live in the city, we are safe. We are up on a hill and there is no flooding in our area. Thank goodness! However, others have not been so lucky. This is a very scary situation to be faced with. It is something I’ve seen in movies, but not in real life. I’ve had trouble concentrating on anything else today. Although I am not directly affected, it has deeply distressed me.

Here are some images to show how bad the devastation really is.

Bus
Pathway Stampede Grounds Flooding
Centre Street Bridge (Before) Centre Street Bridge (During)
City Hall

This is an unbelievable site to see downtown Calgary in total darkness.
Calgary Blackout
(Images copyright to their respective owners, I do not claim any of these photos as my own.)

It will be a hard recovery for Calgary. It will happen, but it will take time. I will definitely reconsider my curses next time I am upset with the traffic in my area. I am lucky to live where I do and that I wasn’t immediately affected by this horrible devastation.

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3 Responses to “Safe during the Flood”

  • Cathrine
    June 22, 2013 @ 1:43 am

    Oh goodness, that looks so scary :O I’m glad you’re all right!

  • Holly —
    June 22, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    It is very scary here in Calgary. Thank u for the blog. We are truly lucky where we are.

  • Lissy
    June 24, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    crazy! glad you’re safe a dry!

    sometimes I wish I lived elsewhere too and then Bryan reminds me, yeah, but our house has never flooded. definitely a plus

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