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Alberta Flooding – Hidden Valley, Siksika – June 21, 2013

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    • How right you are! I’ve lost a few balls in both the lake and the river. Of course, there is no lake anymore – it is now part of the river!


    • Thanks Amy – we stopped at Tim Horton’s on the way out each time – nothing like my favourite Ice Capp to give the system a good jolt.


  1. Peter says

    Thanks so much for the updates. We are out of town but our hearts are there. Sharon


  2. Thanks for the update. I really hope things turn out ok for you guys. It is such a pretty spot. The whole flood situation is mind boggling. I can’t believe the pictures we are seeing on the news! E


  3. Brenda says

    Thanks for the updates. After a restless night of wondering how things were going out at the resort I took my pilgrimage out to see what I could see. I got to the Interpretative Center (along with many others) and looked across the river to see the mighty Bow River once again flowing throughout the resort.
    It looks very similar to 2005 and the river is running very quickly and fiercely. When I was there a huge propane tank from a yard (not from a bbq) floated down the river, got hung up on the blue bridge and after banging around under the bridge it popped out the other side and went on it’s way. The very testament to the dangers of debris in the river at this time.
    I do want to mention that while I was taking pictures at the blue bridge there was a member of the Siksika Nation there and I asked him if he had a home that was in the flood? He said, “No I live off the reserve but have many family members and friends that have been evacuated to the Sportsplex in Gleichen.” He mentioned that they have very low supplies of things at this Center so I stopped by to ask if there was anything I could do. They require water, blankets, clothing (kids & adults), baby formula, baby diapers, water, toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc) They also require dog food, cat food and horse feed. Just to name some of the needs.
    For me I feel so helpless that I can do nothing for our cottage or our resort but it does give me some piece of mind to help my neighbors of the Siksika Nation. If you are planning on your own pilgrimage to the resort and feel so inclined please drop off any of the above mentioned goods at the Sportsplex in Gleichen.
    Here’s looking forward to brighter tomorrows for us all.


    • Thanks for the information, Brenda. I’ve added your story onto the end of this post so more people can see it.


  4. We have nostalgic interest in this as we’ve not owned a cottage for two decade but our family has always have fond memories of HVGR and my heart goes out to all involved in these breathtaking losses on both sides of the river. Imagine the blue bridge gone!


  5. Glen says

    I worked at the ski hill in the winter,so I have loads of friends in that area…hope they are all safe!!


    • I think you might be thinking of a different Hidden Valley, Glen. There are a number of Hidden Valleys with ski hills, but we only have a golf course.


  6. Ann says

    From relatives in Antigonish, Nova Scotia: Our hearts go out to everyone there. Hang in and thank God for everyone safety.


  7. Bob says

    Betty and I took 40 cases of water, diapers, baby food, toothpaste and toothbrushes, clothes and two cases of bananas, and treats for the kids. They were very appreciated of all donations.


    • That’s very generous of you Bob – I know they were in need of quite a few things and were worried that no one was listening to them.


    • Yes, it looked so peaceful. Yet up on the hill where we were, the normally quiet river had become very loud. We could both see and hear the power.


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