NOTE: This story was written on June 22, 2013. Hidden Valley owners who want more up to date information can go to the website Hidden Valley, Alberta.
Siksika, Hidden Valley, Alberta – June 22, 2013:
June 22, 6 PM: From the Hidden Valley Website:
IT APPEARS THAT THE WATER LEVEL HAS LEVELLED OFF IN CALGARY. THE SHEEP AND HIGHWOOD RIVERS ARE STILL RECEDING. IT ALSO APPEARS TO HAVE LEVELLED OFF AT HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF RESORT ALTHOUGH ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT CAN NOT GIVE US THE FINAL PEAK TIME AS THE ONLY GAUGES THAT ARE WORKING ARE AT BASSANO DAM. WATER LEVELS ARE STILL EXPECTED TO RISE AT BASSANO DAM OVER THE NEXT 12 HOURS.
Note from Lin about Highway 842:
“Highway 842 is closed at Buffalo Rock now; you cannot drive to the entrance of the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. This is likely to keep people from driving all over the hills by the Centre. People have been getting awfully close to the bridge to take pictures.
June 23, 2013:
Siksika Nation Flood Information:
All the information about the flooding on the Siksika Reserve is being posted on the Siksika Alberta Flood 2013 Facebook Page. Over 200 homes have been damaged leaving 1000 people homeless. People can call the central contact number at 403-734-3999, for volunteer or donation inquiries.
For more news and photos, click these links:
Global News - videos, photos on both Siksika Nation and Hidden Valley
Calgary Sun – notes that the Siksika Nation is in a state of emergency and a boil water advisory is in effect. Travel across the river from one part of the nation to the other is difficult because the Gleichen-Arrowwood bridge on Hwy. 547 has been closed, as has the Blue Bridge on Hwy. 842 and the Carseland bridge on Hwy. 24. Evacuees should go to the Deerfoot Sportsplex near Gleichen.
Edmonton Journal – reports that “Aboriginal Relations minister Robin Campbell is “keeping a close eye” on the flooding situation in First Nations across the province.
“First Nations communities affected by flooding will receive the full support of emergency services that is being provided to all Alberta communities impacted by the floods,” said Campbell’s press secretary Kevin Zahara.”
Calgary Herald – report on Siksika Nation
CTV News – footage from a helicopter
Hidden Valley Golf Resort Updates:
Greg writes: “Our thanks go to Dick Burgis for sounding the alarm about the magnitude of this disaster. Dick gave enough notice that everyone had the time to save their personnel belongings. Dick solely organized a group to go door to door to ensure that everyone was gone from the danger of staying at the resort. I personally do not know what we would have done had Dick not had the foresight to realize the potential danger to the resort and its owners.”
Many cabin owners also want to thank all the Security Staff and other cabin owners who aided Dick in coordinating a very successful evacuation.
Ron says he has seen six cabins go down the river so far.
Blue Bridge on Highway 842 – remains closed. There are rumours that it has washed away, but I can not find any confirmation of that. (Note – they were rumours, and the bridge reopened after the highway was repaired.)
June 23, Noon – from the Hidden Valley Website: IT APPEARS THAT THE WATER LEVEL HAS RECEDED 2 FEET OVERNIGHT AND WE TRUST IT WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO TODAY.
June 24, 2013
Siksika Nation Flood Information:
This is from the Siksika Alberta Flood 2013 Facebook Page: “A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED. PROBABLY 50 TRUCKS WORTH OF SUPPLIES ARRIVED THIS AFTERNOON. THAT IS ENOUGH FOR NOW! SIKSIKA NATION WILL NEED SOME TIME TO PROCESS EVERYTHING. — YOU WERE WONDERFUL IN YOUR GENEROSITY.”
This is a message from Tribal Council member, Eldon Weaselchild – “We humbly suggest that all people who are seeking to donate to our relief effort, consider giving gift cards. Walmart, Sobeys, Canadian tire, etc. Keeping in mind that many of the donation recipients are starting all over again and will best know what it is they need. Thanks again!”
The Nation is on the web at Siksika Alberta Flood 2013 Facebook Page. You can also call the central contact number at 403-734-3999 for volunteer or donation inquiries.
To see all my stories and photos of the situation at Siksika/Hidden Valley, click on this link: Alberta Flooding.