I’m sure you’ve read it in the paper, heard it on the radio, or you’ve seen it on the news by now but Calgary is flooded, big time. Many communities are evacuated and many more are on emergency standby. It’s estimated that over 70,000 people have been evacuated from 25 neighborhoods. 1500 of them are taking refuge in the city’s emergency shelters while the majority of them have found shelter with friends and family.
These 73,500 people that couldn't fit into the emergency shelters were supported by an influx of helpful and caring strangers. Postings from social network Reddit and online classified site Kijiji displayed numerous postings from Calgarians offering their spare rooms and support to those in need. News like this really warms my heart. I've also read that the Food Trucks in the city are doing what they can to support the flood victims.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi has told reporters that the flooding is under control for the time being. Even though the Bow River will be flowing steadily for the entirety of Friday and in Nenshi’s words, “it looks like an ocean.” However, Elbow River, one of the two rivers that intersect in this Southern Albertan city has shown signs of cresting and should soon recede.
Disasters like this really bring the people together and from the news I’ve seen optimistic, caring and helpful civilians do their best to ensure everyone is dry and fed. It reminds me of the importance of community and how strong societies can be in times of need. It’s great to hear that no deaths have been reported even though many houses and vehicles have been washed away.
Our hearts at Leduc Remax go out to our friends, family and loved ones in Calgary and the affected areas. Our thoughts are with you and we thank all the brave volunteers, emergency crew and soldiers that are doing their best to bring relief to the disaster. You can stay updated with the latest comments and pictures with the Calgary Herald.