My province is sinking...

Reply Fri 21 Jun, 2013 09:32 pm
Ft. Mac had mandatory evacuations last week. Roads, hills, trees, a few neighbourhoods, surrounding communities and sadly a few people succumbed to the angry waters.
This week it Calgary, Canmore,
Banff, High River and so on.
Downtown Calgary is a rushing river, 80MPH.
The saddle-dome is swamped, up to row 13 apparently.
I hope Mame and family are ok.
This is a flood of biblical proportions. Never, in the history of the city/province have the rivers risen this high, or stayed this long.
Roads and bridges have been washed out all over the place.
100 000 evacuated. Evacuation centres had to be evacuated.
The provincal leader of the loyal opposition was rescued last night by a man driving a manure spreader. He saved thirty other people, on that trip, after the water suddenly rose, trapping them in their homes. The arrived to safety, covered in sh*t, but safe and on dry land.
A contingency plan for the zoo is to put the big cats in the city jail if need be.
The largest snow pack in years and almost 200 mm, 7-8 inches of rain.
Flood watches have been levied in almost every town and city across this province. We're roughly the size of Texas...
I believe similar warnings are now been sent out in Saskatchewan and B.C.
Tourists are stranded in tourist town with no way out.
Gas stations and grocery stores have started gouging... unbefreakinlieveable.
On a more positive note, most people are behaving themselves and lending a helping hand to help out.
It's pouring. Monsoon like. The rain is falling so hard, the house across the street is lost in a gray haze. We're on a flood watch too. The river is scary high and it's not even close to cresting.

I'm good though. I live on high land. No worries.
Reply Fri 21 Jun, 2013 09:51 pm
It's crazy.

Our office was in full cat mode today. Trying to help provide $ and services to clients long distance as our local office is of course out of commission.

I've been trying to connect with some former colleagues and friends who've moved out there - but understandably they're probably not home or too busy to stay in touch. The only person I've seen/heard from is a fellow who went out to Airdrie to minister - he's out of the danger zone and praying hard (and organizing support/places to stay).
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Reply Fri 21 Jun, 2013 10:12 pm
This is heartbreaking.

Be safe!
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Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 12:06 am
Those are some horrifying pictures.
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Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 12:22 am
holy tadpoles, batman.

be safe...

(your newly refurbished camper should float...)
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Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 07:14 am
Hoping the Calgarians at a2k, and those not at a2k too, are safe.

Gee whiz, what a catastrophic mess.

<now off to look at the morning news>
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Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 08:16 am
Hello everyone. We are about 6 blocks from the Bow River but we are uphill. We took the dogs for a walk in the neighbourhood yesterday to check things out - the Bow was over the bank at points, and walking east of that, we saw storm water flooding some streets - the water was 2.5 feet deep in some neighbourhoods but it was all in the road, not homes. The Bow River was running really fast and was completely brown.

Aside from the horrendous flooding for some people, most roads and all bridges in the area were closed, so the problem for people was actually getting somewhere. They're going to remain closed for the next few days. The power is out downtown and about 1 mile east of where we are (we are a 5 min drive to downtown). No traffic lights, for example. And I'm sure it extends east of that quite a bit.

Also we are not allowed to use dishwashers and washing machines except when absolutely necessary. Reduce toilet flushing, etc. They're telling people not to water lawns - uh...??? They sure don't need watering after the last couple of days and who would even THINK about watering lawns.

They emptied all the reservoirs a week ago and still we get a flood of this nature. Mother Nature is absolutely awesome.

Funny - I grew up in Vancouver where we get this kind of rain 180 days a year, so I thought it was no big deal. Boy was I wrong.
Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 08:20 am
Glad to see you post, girl.
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Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 08:34 am
Our favourite walkway:


On the banks of the Bow:


This is how we spent the afternoon:


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Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 08:42 am
This is the neighbourhood I was talking about just east of us:



Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 09:44 am
Glad you're ok.
Bad prairie storms can be brutal, but an entire province on flood watch is a bit odd. As of this morning there are 28 cities/towns under a state of emergency. This is Alberta. WTF?
On a happier note, the rivers in an around Calgary and the Mountains are expected to go down by 60% in the next 48 hours. Some of the evacuees will be allowed to go home soon. There has been no looting and the Stampede is still a go.
Downriver... is another story. The deluge is still and will continue to cause destruction.
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Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 10:13 am
Question: What do you think about Mandatory Evacuation Orders? Do you think people should have the choice to stay in their homes?
Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 10:31 am
I think it would suck.
I've seen cases all over the world where, in the aftermath, almost everyone that ignored an order - wished they had listened. And when things get bad, all those people put emergency personnel at risk, and demand more time and energy than necessary, stretching the resources...
In Alberta, they seem to be a little more paranoid - heavy handed. But the authorities have been burned before by not being as vigilant. They don't take any chances now.
Between the fires, tornados, blizzards and what not they don't mess around. In my previous life, lol. My husband and I were part of a team that trained for emergencies, at the transit level. It's actually quite impressive to see the preparation and planning done for such events.
Reply Sat 22 Jun, 2013 10:51 am
I agree. I think it's both selfish and stupid of people who ignore those orders. I'm primarily concerned for emergency personnel, not so much for the idiots who chose to stay. It's a waste of precious resources having to rescue them when those resources could be more useful elsewhere.
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mark noble
Reply Wed 26 Jun, 2013 08:31 pm
Don't move to a town or city that is on a giant floodplain and surrounded by an enormous, melting mountain range - May be prudent advice.
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