Although the sun is shining and our roads are dry, a short bike ride away our city is underwater.

Thursday morning, my child’s field trip to the reservoir was called off because of the rain.  Hours later people were being evacuated from areas around the city.    Some communities became isolated as the roads in and out were underwater.  My child may have been trapped in a flood zone. 100,000 people were evacuated.  Most of those found places to stay but only 1,500 people needed to use the shelters set up as people opened up their homes.

The small towns and First Nations communities around us were even harder hit.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/21/alberta-flood-video/ A house is swept downstream.

This is the Siksika Nation.
Another First Nations settlement, Morely, was evacuated also.  They sent out a call for supplies and within hours trucks were dropping off donations.  They have since needed to evacuate again.

There are stories of daring rescues of both people and animals.

This man and his cat were rescued when his truck fell into a sinkhole.  Other people have reported seeing people jump in the river to save drowning fawns.  Our animal shelters are full and donations of food and bedding are arriving there as well as other shelters.  So many donations have arrived that they asking for people to wait before dropping off any more.

This one is often captioned “The floods swept away her house but he swept her off her feet”.

In a city of 1 million, there have been no deaths reported due to the flood.  There are, however, people trapped in high apartment complexes in the flood zones.  They are mostly elderly, people who don’t speak English and people with mental illnesses who were not able to respond to the evacuation notices.  They are reporting taking care of each other and hopefully will be helped soon.

Our mayor went 43 hours without sleep.  Other rescue workers, the police, and the army as well as volunteers have been working tirelessly.  Our zoo was flooded but all the animals except for one peacock and some tilapia fish have been just fine.

Photo: Our Mayor is great!

We are fine.  If this flood had happened a few days later, we were planning to be on this now nonexistent road or on the river with our new canoe. 

It is amazing that so few lives have been lost.  These flood waters continue East, where they have had a few days notice to prepare.  Hopefully that will be enough time.

10 thoughts on “Flood

  1. limey says:

    Sounds dramatic it must be awful to have your home ruined like that. We had flooding near us last summer. It badly affected surrounding farms and villages but our town was okay.

    • prairienymph says:

      Many people have lost everything- home and business. Thankfully people are showing up even from other provinces to help pump water out for free.
      I’m glad to hear your town was ok! How did the villages and farms make out around your area?

      • limey says:

        Sounds terrible. My wife used to work as a loss adjuster so has been into places that have suffered like that. Most places around here coped with only a little flooding. The farms were worse affected with fields under water for months. The concern is crop yields for the coming year. Some predict 30% less come harvest.

  2. ... Zoe ~ says:

    Feel odd putting a “like” on this post, but am grateful that you are okay and sorry so many people are not. Thanks for letting us know you and yours are safe Prairie. We’ve been watching the footage and it’s just wild. I cannot imagine it. 😦

  3. Prarie Nymph, I am glad you are doing well despite this terrible flood. How is it there were more tilapia than human casualties?

    • prairienymph says:

      Our mayor is great and good at getting people to work together. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/leanne-shirtliffe/10-reasons-to-love-nenshi_b_3488230.html Even though the floods came so fast, the organization was faster. Army, police and other emergency workers from all over the province came and twitter helped mobilize the rest of us.
      Of course, a few people were Nenshi nouns (see poster) like our Prime Minister’s father who refused to evacuate danger zones and put emergency workers in jeopardy.
      The zoo in on an island in the Bow river. All the animals were moved to safety except the tilapia in the hippo tank. When the power went out, their optimum temperature couldn’t be maintained.

  4. prairienymph says:

    So hard for the farmers- most farmers I know are treading water on a good year.
    Overland flooding is not covered by insurance. I am really hoping some people’s sewers backed up so they can get something.

  5. Ahab says:

    I’m glad you’re okay. It’s good to hear that people are helping each other during the floods. Thanks for reporting on this.

  6. Quince says:

    It is incredible there was not more loss of life. Everyone and everything was so organized, but more than that the people of Calgary and Alberta really came together to take care of each other…and continue to do so. The amount of fundraisers and benefit concerts I’ve heard of continues to grow.

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