An Eventful Year
My life seems to go from one amazing adventure to another. On Thursday, June 20, there was a 100-year flood in the city I reside in, Calgary. The city has been in a state of emergency since about 3 p.m. that day. We were evacuated from our condo building at 3:30. With the help of a good friend, we were able to secure one of the last occupiable hotel rooms in the city. Up until we got that room, we thought we’d have to go to a public shelter, because we have no family in the area. Consequently, we brought very little with us, and left our laptops behind where they’d be safe in our 8th floor condo.
It was quite an adventure getting to the hotel. It took over an hour to go 3 miles by bus. At the end of the bus ride, a friend picked us up and brought us to the hotel. We had to meet him outside the city as they were closing all the bridges against incoming traffic. (Calgary is bordered by two major rivers.)
But we made it to a safe place, and that was the important part. Over the next two days, we watched the news in horror as the devastation grew all over the city. The downtown got completely flooded, and our building, which sits about 1/2 a block from the banks of the Elbow River, got inundated. The good news is that no one in Calgary was killed. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the city of Calgary emergency management services and the mayor’s office, for keeping us safe during the disaster.
We’ve been in the hotel since last Thursday afternoon, and are told that our building is still without power and sewer. Apparently, it’ll be a few more days before those things are restored, possibly as long as another week. We watch and wait and try to keep a positive mental attitude. We know our household goods are safe, and that there was no significant structural damage to our building. That’s a whole lot more than a lot of people can say. As uncomfortable as the situation is, it could have been so much worse.
While I’m here, trying to keep up communications via iPad, I do not have the resources to do my usual blog memes, Horny Hump Day and Saturday Spankings. I hope it will be a short term problem that will be resolved by next week.
Please keep the people of the province of Alberta, specifically the southern part, in your thoughts as we try to dig out from under this natural disaster. The city remains in a state of emergency, but about 80% of the evacuees are able to at least go home to retrieve possessions. Many are already at work cleaning up. It looks like we’ll be among the last tranche allowed to go home, but we we do have a home to go to. We’ve been lucky.
Stay safe, friends, and look with appreciation upon your good fortunes. They can change at a moment’s notice.