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Saturday, June 22, 2013

News From Home

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

16 comments:

  1. We've been watching this unfold on the news. Unbelievable. Will keep good thoughts for your family.

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  2. My sister and her hubby, two sons and their family live in High River. All are safe. Phone service is not working. They have stories! God is in this... hang in there. hugs...

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  3. glad to know they are all doing well and hope you get in touch with Uncle soon. Its a sunny day today, thank goodness. Its going to be a long clean up process.

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  4. Glad to hear your family is doing okay. Things like that are so scary.

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  5. glad to hear your kids are okay - what an incredibly horrid situation for Calgary and High River. Wild weather, wilder results!

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  6. Glad to here all of your family is safe, it certainly is worrisome.

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  7. My father in law is on a ranch in high river. He was getting around on a tractor for a while. Not sure if he had to leave....

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  8. Unreal! Glad to hear everyone is safe. Keep us posted as news progresses.

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  9. The power of water is so frightening. So glad yur family are all well.

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  10. That is a terrible things going on up there. I am going to try to change my settings as you mentioned.
    Peggy

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  11. So many parts of the world have experienced serious flooding this year including large areas of western Europe. I am happy your children are safe.

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  12. Glad to know that your family is safe... The water is just surreal- The river is high here in Edmonton but nothing like the devastation down south. So scary to see so many dealing with all that water.. The most important thing is that people are safe.
    Take care of yourself Peg.
    Thinking of all my friends done south,
    Anna

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  13. Unbelievable! Glad that your family is safe.

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  14. my sister is in downtown Calgary and she is still evacuated as is my niece's boyfriend. My niece is going there on Thursday and will be volunteering to help with the cleanup. Fortunately most people are safe and hope that it continues that way.

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  15. That was quite the flood! So glad J & K and all their pets stayed safe.

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