I don’t even really know where to begin or what to say. Calgary and much of southern Alberta has been hit by extreme flooding. In my town, just west of Calgary the river came up very high and the bridge was guarded by Search and Rescue in an attempt to keep curious onlookers out of harm’s way. Amidst the chaos, myself and my family were safe and dry. I listened to the rain beat down, tucked my children into their beds and followed the story online. Twitter was my way of connecting and I sat riveted, unable to help my community. My friends.
— Julie Van Rosendaal (@dinnerwithjulie) June 20, 2013
@stickyrickysyyc Stay safe. I think we're ok right now but surrounded by evac zones.
— Merry Kuchle (@Merry120) June 21, 2013
— Elizabeth C-Booth (@elizaboothy) June 21, 2013
Over 75,000 people were evacuated in Calgary. Only 1500 landed in shelters – the rest were taken in by the people of Calgary.
If you have friends and family being evacuated, please take them in tonight. Thank you.
— Naheed Nenshi (@nenshi) June 21, 2013
There were very few casualties. City Police did an outstanding job.
A little girl went up to a member of the @CalgaryPolice & gave a Tim Hortons gift card. She spoke for all of us when she said thank you.
— Thomas Anderson (@ski_thomas) June 24, 2013
And now the water has receded and people are gathering in astounding numbers to help clean up the mess. Volunteers are being turned away because there aren’t the resources to organize so many helpers.
2500 people just showed up at McMahon Stadium with an hours notice to volunteer. What an amazing city! #amazingYYC
— Place2Give (@place2give) June 24, 2013
But in time, as people go back to their jobs and things return to normal there will still be work to be done. There are still many without homes to return to. And I hope I can get involved at that point. I’ll be watching for the right place and time to help. After all, we have the greatest outdoor show on earth to put on in only a few weeks time.
Stampede president: "we have never cancelled a show and we never will." #abflood
— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) June 24, 2013
Until then, I’ve made sure to donate to the flood relief and I ask that you do as well. If you’re able.
The Canadian Red Cross is deploying staff and volunteers to assist in numerous flood-affected communities.
— Red Cross Alberta (@RedCrossAB) June 21, 2013
Donate to the Red Cross at any Canada Safeway location, online at redcross.ca or with Telus, just text “REDCROSS” to 30333 to donate $5