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In Hidden Valley – A Remembrance Poem

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 tipped over

Golf Carts and Corn Stalks – After Flood Perspectives

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…

mailbox mud flood

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…

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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,…

Alberta flood damage 2013

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…

Empty lot where a home was

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…

Alberta golf cart parade Canada Day

Responding to Stress

I read a study the other day that looked at post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in flood victims. The study observed the long term effects on residents of a flood in Poland in 1997. I was struck by the similarities between that flood and the floods here in Alberta – a sudden and huge water…