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post #1 of 6 Old 06-21-2013, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Pat yourselves on the back ... horse people are a special breed

Just wanted to point out how awesome horse people are. We're dealing with a bit of flooding here in southern Alberta and I have been astounded at how quickly people have stepped up to the plate. There have been countless notices of people offering not only pasture to displaced horses, but to their owners and pets as well and also offering transportation. It's been so neat to see. We are part of a truly caring community. Awesome!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-21-2013, 05:24 PM
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I'm from edmonton, so I've heard all about the flooding and everything. I am so impressed with the amount of people volunteering their pastures and barns!

For without a horse, i could not fly.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-22-2013, 08:33 AM
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We're dealing with a bit of flooding here in southern Alberta!
You've made the news down here in southern Middle Tennessee.

Judging by the videos, you're being too humble when you say "a bit of flooding". I saw parts of one town under water, literally up to the store fronts' eyebrows

Good thoughts and Prayers coming your way and many kudos to those folks who are offering safe places for the livestock
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-22-2013, 12:48 PM
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Is it true the water is up to the 10th row of your hockey arena?? That's incredible. Good luck with your horses. Glad to hear everyone is being helpful.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-22-2013, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Last reports had the water in the saddledome up to the 14th row of seats and the dressing rooms are completely submerged. Big issue is cleaning up for the Stampede which starts in two weeks - it's a pretty big deal for Calgary and ironically one of the slogans is "Come hell or high water". Hmmm ... The city really got hit badly - downtown is partially submerged, as are alot of the communities along the Bow River.

Another big issue is the TransCanada Highway (which is one of the main connections to British Columbia) is shut down because part of the road got absolutely torn up just around the gates to Banff National Park.

Rural areas (like mine) fared better, I suspect because we have the land to soak up the water. Cities with all the asphalt, and communities built on flood plains, just get submerged because there is nowhere for the water to go. Our place is like a giant oversoaked sponge, but the house and barn stayed pretty much dry. Thankfully the loss of life is low (I know - anything above zero is horrendous but it could have been so much worse) and people are ridiculously helpful and eager to bounce back.

It's been an experience, for sure. But I continue to say - horse people are incredible.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-24-2013, 11:06 PM
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I'm from Edmonton and have some friends up in Calgary, it's so nice that so many people are helping out and making this easier for them! It's so terrible!
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