When we’re traveling, we’re always aware that anything could happen back at home, and we’d be totally helpless to do anything about it. It’s one of the reasons that we have started using a prepaid (burner) phone.
Well, it’s happened – not that we could have done anything to prevent it, or that we could be of any help anyway – but at least we have the news, and have been in touch with family.
Heavy rains and fast snow-melt have combined to create havoc in south eastern BC and south western Alberta. And we have children living in Calgary and High River.
This is downtown High River Thursday afternoon:
This is an example of the height of water in some areas of Calgary:
Thankfully our kids in Calgary live in the north end of the city, and are high and dry – and able to house our kids from High River with their 2 dogs and 2 cats. Yes, the HR kids have been evacuated, actually apparently the whole city was evacuated, about 100,000 people.
Not only that, but all roads from the west are flooding and experiencing mud slides. Which means that even if we were at home, we’d have a loooonnng trip to get to Alberta (going around through northern BC/Alberta or through Washington state), so we couldn’t be of any help anyway right now.
But between internet, Skype, and burner phone, we’ve spoken to them and written and know that all are safe.
I have an uncle who also lives in High River, my parents haven’t been able to get in touch with him, so we’re assuming he got out of town too. From what we’re hearing the Alberta version of Emergency Social Services is at work. Our SIL was writing a final apprenticeship exam at SAIT when an announcement was made that anybody living in specified areas of Calgary were to register for temporary housing in the school gym – just exactly what would have happened had we been in the same kind of situation in our area. Good to know that trained personnel are organized and working for all those folks in need right now.
Happy emergency services! Blessings, Peg