I’m from Calgary. Most of what I write takes place there. I’ve destroyed large swaths of the city in my books but that’s fiction and what’s going on right now is real life. When I see headlines like this one, and this one and this one, it serious. The flooding is even the main headline on CNN’s website because 100,000 people are being evacuated and Calgarians are opening their homes to their neighbors. What a fantastic city and people.
This is Bragg Creek … about ten miles west of the city.
This is Canmore, about an hour west of town.
This is the Bow River meeting the Center Street Bridge leading into downtown.
And it’s not just Calgary, a city of a million people. It’s High River, Canmore, Crowsnest Pass … basically a lot of Southern Alberta.
Hell of a thing to behold in the city where you grew up. The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations. If you’d like to help out, please do so. I did.
Hang in there, Calgary and everyone affected by the crazy weather this year.
*** UPDATE at 4:00 PM ***
Absolutely, utterly, mind-boggingly blown away by the pictures coming out of Calgary. It looks far worse than when I first blogged this morning. Click here to see real-time pictures from Twitter.
I’m unbelievably proud of the people in my hometown. There are reports of volunteers coming out of the woodwork to help their neighbors. So much good coming from so much bad and really, I’m starting to think that Alberta hasn’t experienced a disaster on this scale in my life time.
Keep at it Calgary! My home town freaking ROCKS!