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.