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On Antelope Street

Our cabin, along with 305 other residences in Hidden Valley Alberta, was destroyed in the flood of June 2013. All that is left of it is rubble, but we have many wonderful memories and hundreds of photos taken by our family – the Antelope Street Photographers. I chose the name Antelope Street because that was…

2012-Sunflower 3

In Hidden Valley

In Hidden Valley the sunflowers grew Between the poplars, fresh with dew. They marked our divots; and in the sky The crows, still cawing as they fly, Break the calm that lies below. We are the scattered. Short days ago We laughed, played late, watched bonfires glow. Then the river rose and now our homes…

golf cart sunflower growing tipped over

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Our eyes are side by side – we just naturally look at life in a horizontal perspective! In the aftermath of the Flood at Hidden Valley, Alberta, a few things that were once vertically aligned are now in a horizontal position. This golf cart near the 4th green has become a little greenhouse for what…

A message from your 'mudder'.

Messages – Muddy and Otherwise

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud. – Carl Sandburg – A slippery, gooey, contaminated mud coated just everything in Hidden Valley. When it dried, it formed sheets that cracked as they hardened. Such was the case at…

Toonaday vulture

Note to the Human Vultures

It seems to me the vultures have stopped circling. – Geoffrey Becker – Hidden Valley has been a beehive of activity since the go ahead to enter the flood zone was given by Health Canada and The Siksika Nation. The predominantly senior population have donned safety equipment and entered their properties. For most of them,…

Hidden Valley – Re-entry

There’s no such thing as a 100-year flood. – Andrew Cuomo – Our Cabin before the flood – of 2013 …  after being rebuilt by the previous owners after the floods of 1995 and 2005. Our place after the flood. The cabin was lifted by the water,  rotated almost 90 degrees, and then set back…

Hidden Valley – Links

The Community of Hidden Valley, Siksika Nation, Alberta, was inundated by the flood waters of the Bow River on June 21, 2013. All 305 homes were destroyed. Former home owners can consult the following websites for assistance and information: The Hidden Valley Website:  Hidden Valley Golf Resort is the official site for the Board of…

Hidden Valley – A Community Lost

The Siksika Nation chose not to renew the Lease for Hidden Valley. Insurance companies will likely refuse to compensate cabin owners for loss from the  overland flooding of the Mighty Bow River in Alberta. Provincial and Federal Governments might choose to provide Disaster Assistance to some who lost their primary residence. The result: the majority…

Hidden Valley not Invisible Valley

Give me a break!!!! You can afford a house and a cottage on a golf course or to stay all winter in the Southern USA and you want the rest of Albertans to help you out because you lost your vacation home. Wake up and smell the roses. Suck it up and get over it.…

Hidden Valley Golf Resort – Post Flood Info

NOTE: This story was written on June 26, 2013.  Former Hidden Valley owners who want up to date information about the ongoing concerns of the residents can go to the website Hidden Valley, Alberta. The Hidden Valley Golf Resort has a public website. – The Board of Directors will be posting information there once they…

Alberta Flooding – The Darwin Law

Monday June 24, 2013 Before the Bow River flows past Hidden Valley, it runs through the heart of the city of Calgary. Many areas of that city have been flooded. You will not have any problem finding news reports about this, but here is a video you may have missed. It is Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi…