No Place Like Home

Has it really been three weeks since we were hit with all the horrible flooding in Southern      Alberta? We were hardly affected by the floods other than loosing our power for a week and our hearts go out to those that are still displaced and have lost all or most of their possessions.
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Hell or High Water

What was supposed to be a busy weekend with ball, date #3 and a visit from Tyler’s parents has turned into devastation and despair. We have had an unprecedented amount of rain this spring which has led to major flooding in low-lying areas and devastation and despair for a lot of people in Calgary and surrounding communities.

We received word on Thursday after work that we were to evacuate our building and head out of downtown as the Elbow river was likely going to crest around 3:00 am. We didn’t leave right away but were monitoring the situation pretty closely. The news showed devastating pictures of High River, Okotoks, Bragg Creek, and The Trans Canada Highway which runs through Canmore; all areas that had all been washed away or flooded.

At 12:30 AM we decided we had better go and took refuge with Tyler’s family.

With very little sleep, we awoke on Friday morning to find out that the Elbow had crested around 4 am and our neighborhood had indeed been flooded. We had no idea of the condition of our house or just how far the water had come up but from what we saw, things didn’t look good. We eventually made our way downtown to check on our place and soon discovered that our home was untouched, albeit without power, but no worse for the wear.

How grateful and fortunate we are.

As we walked around the neighborhood we did see that there were some people who weren’t so lucky…

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4th Street SW in front of Vin Room

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4th Street SW looking south

 It was eerie to be in our neighborhood without the hustle and bustle that you would normally find on a Saturday night. There was no traffic, no music coming from local pubs, just a stillness and state of quiet shock from what had occurred the night before.

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Bridge in Lindsay Park

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Lindsay Park, Elbow River

Thankfully there are so many great volunteers, police, fire and medical crews as well as city workers here in Calgary that are using the resources they have and working around the clock to help ease the pain and devastation that many of us here are feeling. 

Many helping hands from local businesses and food trucks we have all been managing to survive. And when I say survive, I mean all we had to do was clean out our fridge and find a place to stay.

There are many people in surrounding communities and areas who have truly lost everything.

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Special thanks to Bambino Gelato for feeding volunteers in our neighborhood http://www.yycfoodtrucks.com/meet-the-trucks/

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HUGE thank-you to National, Model Milk, Una Pizza and other local 17th ave pubs and restaurants for feeding us yesterday. It’s great to live in such an amazing and supportive community
http://www.fiascogelato.ca/
http://unapizzeria.com/
http://www.modelmilk.ca/
http://ntnl.ca/

 

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Relief BBQ @National on 17th yesterday

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So many helping hands just one block North of our place

Tyler and I are still without power today but are hoping to be back home by the end of the week. We are just  so grateful and thankful that we have a home to go to. Thanks to everyone for the texts, phone calls, Facebook messages and tweets. We appreciate your concern for us. If you are able to volunteer or donate in any way, shape or form I have included some websites below where you can do that. We have a long way to go to repair this city and surrounding areas and your helping hands are needed…

http://volunteercalgary.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/calgary-flood-donation-drop-off-points-and-wish-lists/

http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/how-calgarians-and-southern-albertans-can-help-1.1338465

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/22/alberta-flood-relief-help-volunteer_n_3483721.html

Stay Strong Calgary and friends, we will get through this together…one day at a time

~tl