Unless you haven’t turned on your news station or been on any social media for the last week…you’ll know about the horrific floods that have drown Calgary and a lot of southern Alberta. I’m an Alberta girl, born and raised and our family farm is 1 hour east of Calgary. Thankfully for us, it’s nowhere near any body of water. These floods only happen every 1 in 100 years and a lot of factors have come into play. The ground was already saturated because we’ve had lots of moisture already this spring, areas that weren’t saturated were still frozen, and some areas had over 200 mm of rainfall in 12-16 hours of steady, heavy rain.
10 000 people from downtown Calgary alone were evacuated and at this time it’s unknown if the power will be back to the downtown core in days, weeks, or even months. Calgary has come together in this crisis and my hometown Edmonton has come to help with military, firefighters, police, and volunteer services. The town of High River is under mandatory evacuation orders from what I’ve read the damage is the worst to this town of 13000 residents. This is by far my favorite picture from the flood, a picture I posted on my blog’s Facebook page of a farmer helping to evacuate people in High River with his combine:
The Calgary Stampede, dubbed “The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth” is supposed to start in less than two weeks. All of Stampede Park and the Saddledome where the Calgary Flames play and all the big acts of the Stampede perform in concert, is completely underwater:
So you can see this beautiful city…isn’t supposed to look like a giant lake. The Stampede is determined to go on, but will not take priority to the rest of the city. I’ll be eager to see if this can somehow miraculously be cleaned up and running by July 5th for opening day of Stampede. Hard to believe that Tim McGraw and the Dixie Chicks, among other big acts, will be ready to play the Saddledome in a mere couple of weeks!
One of the things that is most profound to me is that parts of the Trans Canada Highway are gone. Residents in Banff and Canmore and other surrounding villages and hamlets cannot leave or get back to their homes. It’s just so surreal, this photo says it all.
How Can You Help?
The sense of community that Calgary is showing as they pull together makes me proud to be an Albertan. If you are local or want to come to Calgary to help, a new website called YYC Helps has been set up to coordinate volunteer efforts and skilled trades workers among other things.
Anyone can donate directly to the Alberta flood relief efforts through the Canadian Red Cross.
Donate to the Calgary Humane Society that have been working tirelessly to help rescue the furry residents affected by this flood.
Show your support for Calgary by downloading and sharing this printable made by local Calgary blogger Brooke Berry.
All images have been linked back to their original sources, if you know anyone who owns the combine image, please let me know!