Got out of town. Well, this really wasn’t what I had in mind.

June 21, 2013

Well, hello Calgary…hello Cowtown, Stampede City, Heart of the New West. People tell me you’re calm, you’re boring. I don’t believe it. Got my cowboy boots and I’m ready to explore. Might just buy a cowboy hat while I’m at it.

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But what’s this? Woke up to a complete lock down of the downtown core. No power, no water, possible evacuation. Emergency coffee, (courtesy of the fabulous Sbux), emergency complimentary buffet for as long as the food lasts, everyone being supper friendly and nice but looking very, very nervous.

Whoa cowboy, let’s go check it out.

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Just out of the Hyatt Regency and things look calm if a little wet. Streets are deserted, storm drains look fine to me.

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Two blocks towards the Bow River is a different story. Suddenly there is river where there should be street. But look at this urban cowboy, he knows how to have fun!

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Walking to the nearest not yet closed bridge and…oh my goodness…

Clockwise from top left: Looking downstream, looking upstream, looking under the bridge, logs and a park bench go floating by.

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Downtown Calgary is a ghost town.

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Unfortunately it has been decided that an evacuation must happen. So off I must go to higher ground. The news is full of horrible happenings. Of people being airlifted, houses being swept away and property being lost, while the storm rages against the Rockies bringing more water and more flooding down the rivers.

So far only one poor soul has been lost. I think it’s the wonderful grit and powerful spirit of these friendly Albertans, who have gathered together as if of one mind, which has helped save so many lived during this state of emergency.

Calgary, I’m impressed and I will never let anyone tell me you’re boring girl.

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Quick edit: It is 4pm and I can see on the news that all the streets in the downtown core in all these photos are now under water. Some as deep at three feet. Wow Calgary, Godspeed.

Got even further out of town! Gone to the Royal Tyrell Museum for the day.
Three days of the new floor progress

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16 Comments

  • Reply Diane June 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I saw it on CNN this morning about the flooding. What a mess and how sad for those who lose property. Just sad. Sending good thoughts up your way!

    • Reply Veronica June 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Oh so true Diana. I’m looking at the images and videos and they are just heart breaking. But there are so many lovely friendly people banding together protecting each other that it’s absolutely heartwarming too. Also, not a single little animal is forgotten. Rescue centres and private citizens are banding together to rescue every living creature. Hopefully the worst of it has been realised this evening. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Linda G Hatton June 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Oh so sad! Glad you are safe though.

    • Reply Veronica June 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      It is sad Linda, but people are amazing here. Lots of love around. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Diana June 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    It is good that you are safe, but also, that your attitude is so positive. Thanks for the “vacation” pics!

    • Reply Veronica June 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Lol Diana, Nice vacation. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Karen June 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Oh my gosh, what luck to be in Calgary THIS week. I bet you thought Vancouver was the rain capital LOL Take care

    • Reply Veronica June 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      I know Karen! At least I can say I’m part of the 100yr flood. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Astrid June 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    How awful! I had no idea until I read your post.

    • Reply Veronica June 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      It is awful Astrid, but things are looking better for tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Becca June 22, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Stay safe, V.

    • Reply Veronica June 23, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Everything’s fine Becca. Much love to you, thank you for caring about me. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Julia Tomiak June 23, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Great pictures- facinating statue of a ? girl’s head? – complimented by your “ghost town” comment! It’s hard to imagine such destruction. I’m glad you got out ok!

    • Reply Veronica June 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      I know Julia, I couldn’t believe it when I walked beside that beautiful sculpture just as I was thinking “ghost town”. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara v June 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

    wow that sculpture of the girl’s head was very ghosty and very cool! It’s scary when Mother Nature lets loose!! Glad that you are okay πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica June 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Sara, I loved that sculpture and especially loved that moment because, as I walked beside it and saw it for the first time, I was thinking, “wow, this is a ghost town!” It’s so true about nature. And sometimes it’s so hard to get out of the way. πŸ™‚

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