Friday, June 18, 2010

untethered and without a reason

The Spousal Unit was driving home through Saskatchewan when I heard the news that the Trans-Canada Highway was closed at the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, due to flooding. I was able to get a warning to him just before he reached Swift Current, and to tell him the bad news that people were being detoured up to Kindersley (a 5 or 6 hour round trip jaunt) to avoid the widespread water.

I advised him to stop at the RCMP station in Swift Current, but he was able to get some good advice from the gas station attendants in Swift Current, who seemed to be functioning as Emergency Measures guardian angels - phoning ahead to Maple Creek (where the closure began) for road information, giving travel advisories to motorists, helping people stock up on supplies, and advising them to turn around and come back if conditions deteriorated on the detour routes that they were advising them to take.

The Spousal Unit then set off on secondary roads, part of a little convoy that must have seemed somewhat reminiscent of the Donner party, only with SUVs replacing wagons and the bald-ass prairie standing in for the Sierra Nevada mountains.

A few hours after he passed through Maple Creek, that town flooded. We then heard that the Trans-Canada Highway had been closed down on the Alberta side, from Medicine Hat to the Saskatchewan border. With the highway covered by five feet of water, the town of Irvine, just outside of Medicine Hat, was evacuated.

Somebody sure dodged a bullet on that commute.

7 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

What crazy-assed weather! I'm glad the SU dodged the bullet & I hope there are no more bullets to dodge...The Donner Party, though? Ew! That's a bit macabre!

Allison said...

Wow. That's quite a road trip. I'm glad the SU made it home safely. I hope that there isn't too much damage to the towns hit by the flood.

I remember last summer when the river flooded the highway between Terrace and Prince Rupert and going past that point of no return. Scary thing.

Dr. MVM said...

I don't know how oyu people put with that crazy weather. I hope he made it home safe.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well, he did have a pack of pepperettes, so I guess he could have held off eating the occupants of a stranded minivan for a couple of hours, WC. Glad he didn't have to make that decision though!

The pictures on the news look pretty grim this morning, Al. I can't get over how widespread this flooding is, through the driest part of the country.
That must have been terrifying driving through that last summer.

It has been a very bizarre non-spring, Dr M.
He made it home safely. Sadly a lot of other people have been evacuated from their homes.

mister anchovy said...

Wow....the rain is good for everything, but it would nice in small regular doses, wouldn't it?

pilgrimchick said...

Wow--that's amazing. There was flooding in southern New England this past spring, and I believe one of the main malls in RI is still closed due to damage.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Indeed, Mr Anchovy, come August we'll sure be wishing we had some of that rain.

It's gotten worse over the past couple of days, Pilgrimchick. More areas are evacuated and there have been some incredible pictures in the news. As you know from the mall in your area, water damage is impressive.