Catastrophic flooding and a state of emergency in Calgary

So, you folks might have heard the news, and some of you might even remember that I live in Calgary, so I’ll give you an update on what’s going on.

1: I live on a hill. A nice big hill. We corrected drainage problems years ago, and no water is anywhere in the house. Except the sink. There’s muddy water in the sink. The tapwater tastes muddy.

2: This is by far the worst flood in Calgary’s history. It’s four times higher than the previous record breaking flood. The closest we’ve ever gotten was localized flooding in winter due to ice jams up until the 1950s.

3: Calgary isn’t the only place affected. All of southern Alberta is FUBAR, including highways 1, 2, 3, 22, 40, 93, and the CP Crowsnest and Laggan subs. On a related note, there is a washout on the Kootenay Valley Railway’s Nelson sub near Wynndel, MP 73.8 in my era.

4: Nearly 100,000 people have been evacuated from 26 communities. Less than 2% needed an emergency shelter, the city’s done an amazing job of sticking together.

5: I’ve been out and about taking photos and getting water inside both of my 5Ds. (Yay…) I have a gallery at the following link, please check it out. It gives a glimpse into the utter devastation that’s occurring here.

http://matthicksphoto.com/newsworthy-and-notable/calgary-flood-june-2013/

The Canadian Red Cross is accepting monetary donations at this time, and I do strongly encourage you to donate.

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