If you’ve been watching the news, you may know of the battering that Southern Alberta has taken these past several days as rains caused all kinds of havoc and flooding across the region.
In my home town of Canmore, Alberta, we had more than 120 mm of rain in about a day and a half — close to half of what we normally get in a year. I won’t go into the details, as you can find many images and information on social media and news sites, but I wanted to check in to say that myself and my family are safe and well. Many others in this community (and other Alberta communities) are far worse off than we are, and my heart goes out to all those people who are still picking up the pieces.
We were three blocks from the worst of the Cougar Creek flood, but on higher ground, so not in any danger. We had just finished moving into this neighborhood the weekend before, thankfully, because the only paved access road into the neighborhood was wiped out by the flood. (The road in the photos above.)
By Friday night — Summer Solstice — we all uttered a collective sigh of relief as the skies cleared and the worst of the rain seemed to be behind us.
We have much to be grateful for on this Sunday night: the worst weather is definitely behind us, emergency crews and the Town staff (and too many others to name) have all pulled together to manage the difficulties. The rebuilding is already underway as some of those people evacuated from their homes were allowed to return, and vehicle travel along the highway has partially resumed.
The only inconvenience we are personally facing is that we are on a boil water advisory for the Town, and our neighborhood is still without gas/heat (but it’s promised tomorrow). We can get groceries, clean drinking water, and the weather is much better. Over the last four days, towns people and neighbors have shown an amazing spirit and willingness to help one another.
In the beautiful words of friend and Bluerock Gallery owner, Karen Gimbel, in her email update from weather-challenged Black Diamond in Southern Alberta where the flood also hit hard: “Remember to love each other. These are times that especially call for us to work together and remember that what affects one affects us all.”
Words to live by, in good AND bad times. I hope to be back in touch with you all — and back to the work I love so much — soon.