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Flooding Hits Hard for Residents of Calgary and Southern Alberta
Today has been the most unusual, and shocking day I've ever spent living in Calgary, Alberta.
I woke up, just like any other day, bright and early. I got ready for work and headed out to the car. The first words I heard on the radio, as I pulled out into the driveway were from our Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, warning everyone to stay home. "Stay away from down town Calgary," he said.
I shifted out of reverse, drove right back into the garage, turned the car off, went in the house and turned CBC News on the radio and CTV News on the television. There was our friend, from my younger days at CTV, Elissa Carpenter, reporting live from Canmore, Alberta -- a beautiful town at the edge of the Canadian Rockies that had been literally washed away. I knew that this town had been hit hard the day before by heavy rains. I also knew that many other towns surrounding Calgary such as High River, and Bragg Creek had been devastated by flooding and mud slides. To be honest, flooding in these areas was no surprise. Every 5 - 10 years, Bragg Creek and High River, as the name ... more
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