Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I've been MIA since Thursday. I live in Calgary and we were evacuated due to flooding and just got back in our house on Monday. Power was restored yesterday. I'm hoping to get back into some kind of a routine today.
The first news I heard about any flooding in Alberta was at 2:30 on Thursday afternoon. By 7PM there was a police officer at our door ordering us to get out ASAP. We had been watching the news and we had seen a series of emergency alerts which were getting closer and closer to our neighbourhood, so we were already packing when we were told to leave.
We are lucky enough to have family in town, so I took our son and all our essentials in my car. My husband stayed at home with the dogs and moved as much stuff as he could to the second floor. He then packed the dogs into his car and met me at his brother's house. The next few days were filled with worry, confusion and completely contradictory news reports. Thankfully our house is fine. The flooded storm drains caused our house to fill with sewer gas, but our basement did not flood. Our power was off for several days so we lost a lot of food in our fridge and upright freezer. Some water is starting to seep up through the concrete in our basement now, but we've got two dehumidifiers running to try to dry it out a bit. We were really lucky.
Many communities in Alberta have been devastated by the flood. Please help if you can. Donations to the Canadian Red Cross will help flood victims here. Attached is an article including a list of other ways to help locally: calgary.ctvnews.ca/how-c