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2013 Alberta Floods

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I’ve been struggling with this post since yesterday morning. I knew I had to say something, but what? What can be said about this truly awful event? I’m sure you’ve all heard about it, the news has been on this like dirt on my toddler’s shirt. There have been tweets and facebook statuses and news reports galore. I can’t possibly add any more. At the same time, I can’t possibly ignore it.

This is shaping up to be the worst natural disaster in Alberta history. The floods of 2005 previously held that title, but this has been so much more devastating. Over 100,000 people displaced through southern Alberta, and 24 municipalities declaring states of emergency. In Calgary alone, 75,000 people in 25 communities were evacuated, many with very little notice. The entire downtown core was shut down on Friday, and may not re-open until the middle of next week. The Stampede grounds (pictured above, photo courtesy of Merry With Children and used with permission) are covered in water, and the Saddledome is essentially a swimming pool, submerged up to at least row 10. Entire neighbourhoods are under water, or threatened by massive amounts of erosion along the banks of the swollen rivers. Here are a few photos courtesy of Julie Van Rosendaal (again, used with permission), that show an up-close-and-personal perspective of the flooding.

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@ctvcalgary residents digging their own berm -we need a backhoe. About a foot from water coming into Inglewood

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Macdonald bridge, Ramsay #yycflood

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9 ave & 14 st SE, Inglewood #yycflood

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@CalgaryCrossFit @LisaKadane @InglewoodYYC still clear of the houses, but scary pic.

What compounds this disaster is a lack of insurance. Overland flooding insurance doesn’t exist in Canada. It’s simple, really – the point of insurance is to take the risks of many and spread it out. Unfortunately, flooding is a risk only to those in flood zones, and as such the risk is not actually held by a large percentage of the population. It’s going to take a long time for us to recover, but we will. Would you like to help? Keep reading.

How You Can Help:

Donate to the Red Cross to help flood relief efforts. You can donate by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-418-1111 or online at http://www.redcross.ca.

Don’t forget about our furry friends! The Calgary Humane Society has taken in animals given up for shelter by their evacuated families, and is helping to coordinate reports of lost and rescued pets around the city. Please consider donating to help them continue their tireless work helping our furry citizens by donating at http://www.calgaryhumane.ca/donate

Last but not least: visit. Come to Calgary, Canmore, Medicine Hat, and other affected communities after we have recovered. Spend your travel dollars here. The effects of this disaster will be felt by our citizens and businesses for many years to come, so show your support and come on out. We promise you some good ol’ Alberta hospitality when you do.

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In Photos: A Road Trip Pit Stop

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time on the highway between varying towns in southern BC and Revelstoke. We moved around a lot in my early years, but the constants in my life were always visiting my father and my grandparents in Revelstoke. Every summer and alternating Easters and Christmases, that’s where I went. And often while I was visiting, I’d end up going to Vernon or Salmon Arm to go shopping with an aunt or my dad or my grandma, so we drove that highway even more. When the weather was good, trips through Sicamous were always punctuated with a stop at the ‘D’ Dutchmen Dairy for ice cream and a quick visit with the cows. We’d sit in the sun at a picnic table, trying to simultaneously savour the creamy cold goodness and catch the dribbles from our cones before they reached our fingers. Good times, I tell you. Good times.

Living in Calgary, we don’t make that drive very often. But when we do, we make sure we have time for an ice cream pit stop. Our latest visit was over the Easter weekend, driving from Vancouver to Revelstoke to visit my family for the holiday. A good time was had by all, even if Jamie did commandeer my ice cream! If you’re driving the Trans-Canada through Sicamous, I highly recommend this stop. It’s just off the highway, and worth the half hour or so you’ll spend indulging in ice cream made on-site from milk they get from their own animals. If you’re lucky, you might even get a kiss from a cow .

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A boy and his momma’s ice cream. I guess cherry cheesecake looked better to him than dutch chocolate!

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The Girl and her strawberry ice cream.

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Cherry cheesecake, just before it was stolen by a certain two year old.

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Kisses from calves.

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Visiting the yearlings.

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Anybody home?

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Meeting the ladies.

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In Photos: An Easter Retrospective

Our Easter weekend was a fun one. It kicked off with an egg hunt with my husband’s parents in White Rock, before we departed and drove to Revelstoke to spend the last days of our vacation with my parents, my grandfather, and my aunts. There, the kids had loads of fun, being spoiled by pretty much everyone! Yes, I know – Easter was almost two weeks ago, but I’ve only just managed to organize myself to sort through the remaining vacation photos and put together a collection of our favourites from the final days of our road trip. And as it turns out, I had so much inspiration to blog about, what I thought would be a single photoblog retrospective has turned into three posts! But before I get too far ahead of myself, here’s the first one, a look back at our Easter weekend.

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Look at all this shiny stuff!

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The Easter Ninja!

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If you spill them without noticing, it’s like you found twice as many eggs!

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Finding more sweets, in egg hunt #2!

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Running for chocolate.

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Pouty McChocolateFace

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Sleeping off the sugar.

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Snow stomping

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Look! A loader!

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Supahstar! Photobombed by her brother.

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Hellllloooooo in there? Yelling into a massive tire and giggling at the echoes.

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Reading to her great grandfather.

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