This is a bridge that I have crossed so many times by foot, on my bike, walking dogs, hanging with friends that I couldn’t even guess how many times I’ve crossed it:
Now it looks like this:
Calgary was flooded by the Elbow and Bow rivers, more than I have ever seen. Over twenty neighbourhoods were evacuated, somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 people estimated to have been displaced from their homes. One friend cleared as much of her stuff as she could from the ground floor of her two storey condo, never really thinking that the flood would ever reach her place. It did. Thankfully her place is not too bad, considering.
A friend who lives in Bowness had their street turn into a river and the damage to their home is unbelievable. I am lucky, I live in Bankview. All I can do is offer help to friends who need it and also stay away from the affected zones so as not to make a nuisance of myself. There are enough photo’s to be found online that I don’t need to go out and add to the problem.
I did venture out on Friday to Safeway WHOA, I have never seen the Safeway that packed. Like another friend who has a blog I also felt like maybe I should be buying water. (here is a link to her blog and she also links to sites if you would like to know how to help Girl In A Boyhouse ) Water seemed to be the item of choice but I had a lot of water at home after filling up some jugs and such. Still with so many buying water it makes you wonder. I was pretty sure I would be okay so I just opted to get some food, less than 15 items so I didn’t have to wait in as long of a line.
Then off to the gas station which was also lined up, so I skipped it and just headed home on my scooter. I was wondering if maybe I wasn’t taking this as seriously as I should? People seemed to be preparing for the apocalypse. I knew the flood was bad but did I need more than a weeks worth of food? I had enough pasta at home to last me for months if need be but then I would need water to boil it. Hmmm…. I decided to just assume I would be okay with what I had. Denial is my favourite state!
Then I pretty much sat around feeling helpless. There really wasn’t much I could do except stay in and out of the way. Watch the news and hope that my friends were all okay. I was suppose to have Kingsley my dog but he was on the other side of the river and so had to stay there. At least I knew he was safe and sound.
Now it is Sunday and as the water recedes Calgary doesn’t look the same and the magnitude of the clean up ahead is very daunting. I do have faith that everybody will pull together and help out. The City has been so good at this time. Mayor Nenshi has been great giving updates, wishing he could invoke Darwin’s Law for people who don’t seem to understand that the river is CLOSED. The police, firefighters and all other city workers have been working overtime to ensure the safety of the people of Calgary.
Thank you to all of them.
Now I will see what happens this week, how I can possibly help and feeling for all the people who have been affected by the floods.
Here are a few more pictures from Sandy Beach yesterday, the water levels are going down but the water is still so murky and rushing along: