Monday, June 24, 2013

Meanwhile in Calgary...

I haven't been blogging very much. I had intentions of blogging about some of the sewing projects that I have started or have planned for the summer, but something came up last week that took precedence, the flood.
Our city took quite a bashing. Much of the downtown is still evacuated and many bridges are still closed. Even worse, thousands are without a home. In total, about 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes beginning Thursday evening and during the day on Friday. The water levels have begun to recede and the clean-up has begun. 

We were very lucky and were not evacuated, but we were without power all Friday and half of Saturday. The two rivers and a creek that flow through this city were not capable of containing the massive amounts of rain and water that came from upstream in the mountains. We took the kids for a walk to look at the creek a block away from our house. The following pictures are of a creek, one that is normally very low, very narrow and very shallow.



  
The following are some pictures taken by others in the wake of the flood. The first picture may be recognized by those of you who watched the Olympics in 1988, it is the Saddledome. Water filled the Saddledome up to the 10th row of seating. The last picture is of the Stampede grounds. The Calgary Stampede is scheduled to take place in less than two weeks. Even with the water gone, it will be quite the feet to clean it all up and have it ready for the great outdoor show.


A flooded Calgary Saddledome is seen from a aerial view in Calgary, Saturday, June 22, 2013. The two rivers that converge on the western Canadian city of Calgary are receding Saturday after floods devastated much of southern Alberta province, causing at least three deaths and forcing thousands to evacuate. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)


Flooding in Southern Alberta
Cars sit almost fully emerged under Bow River flood waters in a parking lot in Calgary, Alta. on Friday, June 21, 2013. Massive flood waters throughout southern Alberta have heavily affected many thousands of residents. Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

A flooded Calgary Stampede stadium is seen from a aerial view in Calgary.
JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Other areas of Southern Alberta have also been hit quite hard. High River Alberta was hit very hard. At this time, I believe that 3 deaths have been confirmed. The Siksika First Nation located east of Calgary was also hit hard. Follow the link to see the devastation. 

Please pray folks. Please pray for all of those affected. So many have lost everything, including hope. Pray that they may see God's love and that many are generous in this great time of need. 

Holly Hobbie - friends
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