Southern Alberta is experiencing the worst flooding in recorded history. In Calgary, the province’s largest city, between 75,000-100,000 residents — about 10% of its population — have already been ordered to evacuate their homes and the city’s downtown core is undergoing mandated evacuation this afternoon.
Roads and bridges are closed and entire residential and business areas are underwater. Towns and cities both upstream in the Rocky Mountains and downstream on the prairie are suffering unimaginable losses. The TransCanada Highway and the main rail line of Canadian Pacific are closed in several places because of washouts and landslides. And still the rain falls.
The Empty Bowls Arts Festival scheduled in Airdrie for tomorrow has been cancelled. The city issued the following announcement about noon today:
The Arts Festival is being replaced by an Emergency Relief event. Anyone affected by the floods is invited to drop by Nose Creek Park on Main Street in Airdrie on Saturday, June 22 between 11 and 3 p.m. for free soup lunch and emergency food support. There will be music and children’s activities to help lift the spirits of families attending.
For those who can, please donate non-perishable food and/or money for emergency funds. All money and food raised will go to Alberta provincial food bank associations to be distributed to areas most affected by the floods.
Please know that the Airdrie Food Bank is not able to collect clothes and/or household items due to limited storage.
Although the gravel road that connects us to the pavement is under water we live on high ground — we are safe and dry and much more fortunate than so many others today. There’s a lot to be grateful for.