Thursday, June 20, 2013

wash over me

I'm having trouble keeping track, but at last count seventeen neighbourhoods in my city have been evacuated due to flood risks. All in a matter of about five hours. Floods sure move fast in these parts.

I grew up with floods. The flat topography and the heavy clay soils of Manitoba make spring floods a fairly common occurrence. But the floods of my childhood were slow moving behemoths, that you could see coming a week away. It's an entirely different story in the mountains.

It was startling to see the level of the river rise so rapidly. An hour makes a huge difference on a fast flowing mountain-fed river like the Bow. I am glad my city is being so prudent in issuing mandatory evacuation orders in low-lying neighbourhoods. It may be easy for me to say, since I am on relatively high ground far from the river, but I would rather we took too many precautions, instead of too few.

Hopefully in a couple of days we will look back on this and say we dodged a big one.

6 comments:

umbrellalady said...

Glad to hear you dodged that one! What a pity so many have been affected.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The city seems to be pulling together quite well, Kathy. Of the 100,000 people who were evacuated, only 1500 needed shelters. The rest stayed with friends and relatives.

The McIlrath Family said...

I am so glad to see you leave a comment. I can only assume you are still safe and dry. I just can't get over the images I am seeing on the Internet. Take care my friend. Marna

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We are safe, dry, well-fed and comfortable, Marna. Thanks for your concern. It's a crazy situation, but Calgarians will pull through.

Eugene Knapik said...

The Bow is a powerful river even in low water. I've fly fished it downstream from town and I know you need to be really careful wading the river. With all this additional water it must be a force to be reckoned with.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are absolutely right, Eugene, it is a very powerful river, even when it's within its banks. Nothing to mess around with.