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.
Over 75,000 people were evacuated in Calgary. Only 1500 landed in shelters – the rest were taken in by the people of Calgary.
There were very few casualties. City Police did an outstanding job.
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.
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.
Until then, I’ve made sure to donate to the flood relief and I ask that you do as well. If you’re able.
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