University of Calgary

Flood stories: Words can’t express family’s gratitude for volunteers’ help

UToday HomeJuly 19, 2013

Submitted by Lori Dawes
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

During a bus tour of the Hidden Valley area near Gleichen, southeast of Calgary, Chelsey Dawes took photos of homes and vehicles destroyed by Bow River flooding.During a bus tour of the Hidden Valley area near Gleichen, southeast of Calgary, Chelsey Dawes took photos of homes and vehicles destroyed by Bow River flooding.I have been affected by the flood in two ways. My son has a home in Erlton and I have/had a cabin at Hidden Valley/Sisika Nation.

Have a photo and story you would like to share with readers about how the flood affected you? Upload your photos and text.

When I was helping my son gut his basement from getting 8.5 feet of flooding, I was amazed at the volunteer help. We had to take everything from a fully developed basement, including drywall, insulation, furniture etc. and throw it all away on the front lawn as that was the only place to put it.

There was a group of people that came by and chose his house to clean up the yard. They bagged all the garbage as per the city's request and piled it into a garbage truck. We were so amazed and thankful for their help and it was done so quickly as there were so many of them.

When you are overwhelmed by your loss and the cleanup that has to be done before you can even assess the damage, and help arrives, there are no words to express the gratitude. Thank you.

Flood 2Hidden Valley was our home-away-from-home with treasured memories from many years. To a lot of the community, Hidden Valley was their only home. Unfortunately, this area has not been treated fairly as a disaster site. I am not sure why but the government is choosing to ignore us and not even go and see the destruction.

Out of 305 homes, not one is salvageable. Some homes are missing as they were washed away by the Bow River. This community will never rebuild as the destruction is unimaginable. A lot of the community are retired people who had all their possessions there washed away. Very sad.

Follow UToday flood coverage: More stories, photos on how the University of Calgary community responded to the disaster.


Keep up to date on University of Calgary flood advisories and learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Follow UToday on Twitter.
Check the UToday website for news about events, people and trends at University of Calgary.
Follow what’s happening on campus using our interactive calendar.