The Alberta floods have washed away homes, lives, hopes and dreams. They came quickly and did away with places we loved, mementos and our sense of safety.
But just as quickly, neighbours came to the rescue and strangers became life savers.
The Alberta floods have changed the province and have changed who we are. They have damaged us but have also re-strengthened our sense of community.
Are you stranded? Have you lost your home? Have you even seen it? Did you come to the aid of another? Did another help you?
Are you from Canmore, Calgary, High River, Okotoks, Medicine Hat, Siksika or Drumheller?
If you have a story to share, we want to hear it. Let's reconnect as a community by sharing our personal trials, our tales of perseverance, our loss, our experience.
Our flood, our story...
Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith tweeted this photo of the rising waters of the Highwood River.
"This is the view of the bridge over the Highwood. Normally there is a couple metres clearance below it. #ableg #wrp"
You can find updates on various communities and their flood status at Alberta Emergency Alert http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/
Cougar Creek in Canmore is completely overrun by floods. High River, Black Diamond and Calgary are also facing quickly rising water levels. The latest on evacuations and warnings can be found in our story.
From the Alberta Emergency Alert:
All residents in north west, south west and north east High River are under mandatory evacuation. Crews are working to reach residents in the Vista Mirage area. Information will be posted on the High River website at www.highriver.ca.
Evacuate immediately. Please go to Highwood High School on 12th Ave where the emergency evacuation centre has been opened.
From Alberta Emergency Alert:
There is localized flooding in Town, beginning near the Foothills Lions Campground. Hwy 22 is closed near that location. Residents west of 1st St SW are being evacuated to the Reception Centre (Oilfields Arena). Power outages may follow. The Water Treatment Plant has been shut down due to flood & safety concerns. Residents are requested to conserve water.
Door to door notification of the evacuation is taking place. Donations of towels and blankets can be made at the Arena. Food donations may be required later in the day. The town is currently investigating sources of bottled water. More information.
#canmore #flood !!!! House about to fall in http://t.co/Xt3uRoGHPP— Donna Scott (@Out_nAbout) 1 year ago
From the City of Calgary:The decision was made by Deputy Mayor Richard Pootmans and Ald. John Mar to declare a SOLE based on the potential severity of the incoming high river flows in conjunction with expected heavy rainfall. The City of Calgary has begun to implement its flood response plans with the deployment of sandbags and temporary dams at key locations to protect property and infrastructure. The City is working to ensure the safety of Calgarians and asks for their patience and cooperation during this time. Citizens are reminded to: · Stay away from rivers and creeks as the water is rising and moving quickly, and banks may be unstable. · Avoid storm water ponds and storm drains, and do not let children play near them. · Do not drive through flooded areas such as underpasses. · If you experience basement seepage or overland flooding, call 3-1-1 to report. · If you or someone else is in imminent danger, call 9-1-1. Remember that 9-1-1 is for emergencies only; please use 3-1-1 for reporting non-emergency issues.
· Monitor local media and City of Calgary messages. For more information on flooding, visit calgary.ca/flooding.
Photo: Wade Graham, Facebook
Cougar Creek threatens homes with its mighty surge.
Video: Wade Graham, Facebook
High River RCMP urgently requesting help from citizens with a river boat. Contact them if you can help! 403-652-2357 #yyc R/T— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) 4 years ago
Lethbridge river valley CLOSED due to high stream warning. Public restricted access to river valley parks and facillities #yql— City of Lethbridge (@LethbridgeCity) June 20, 2013
From Alberta Emergency Alerts:
There is a hazardous materials release threatening life and the environment. An sour gas pipeline rupture has caused a release of H2S in the Town of Turner Valley. Residents are ordered to protect in place. Emergency crews have evacuated the affected areas and will continue to monitor.Instructions:
Move indoors and stay indoors. Prepare for possible evacuation. Seek medical attention if you experience breathing difficulties. Follow the directions of local authorities.
"The City of Calgary has declared a state of emergency as expected heavy rainfall combined with the potential of incoming high river flows could become severe.
The city is implementing its flood response plan with the deployment of sandbags and temporary dams to protect property and infrastructure.
Calgarians are advised to stay away from rivers and creeks as rising water may makes banks unstable.
Driving through flooded areas such as underpasses or children playing near storm water ponds and drains should also be avoided."
The Icefields Parkway (Hwy 93 North) is now closed from Lake Louise to the Jasper border.— Banff National Park (@BanffNP) 3 years ago
Turner Valley, a community southwest of Calgary, was placed under an emergency alert Thursday after a sour gas pipeline ruptured. The alert urged people to move indoors and to prepare for a possible evacuation.
What is sour gas, exactly, and what's the harm? Read more here.
Water is headed toward Calgary. We can expect more rain in coming days. Right now it is projected water will exceed 2005 levels @pootmans— City of Calgary (@cityofcalgary) 4 years ago
City of Lethbridge has officially declared a local state of emergency. Ensures resources available to ensure safety in river valley. #yql— City of Lethbridge (@LethbridgeCity) 2 years ago
Town of High River is under an emergency evacuation alert. There is extremely dangerous and rapid flooding occurring in High River.— 660News (@660News) June 20, 2013
People in low lying areas who have experienced past flooding should prepare to evacuate. If ready evacuate now. More: http://t.co/MPkHHBfjPu— City of Calgary (@cityofcalgary) June 20, 2013
Our friends up the hill got in a bit of a pickle today when they headed to Canmore to cover the flooding.
The Town of High River is now under an emergency evacuation alert. There is extremely dangerous and rapid flooding occurring in High River. Authorities are warning residents to move to high ground.
There is a threat of extremely dangerous and rapid flooding in the County of Lethbridge. The County of Lethbridge declared a local state of emergency at 11:10 a.m. and issued an evacuation order for residents living in the Oldman River valley.
An evacuee reception centre is at the County Administration building at #100, 905 4th Avenue South downtown.
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