Guest Blogger Day – Michelle Browne on Flooded Calgary

Hello hello! 

Calgary had a rainstorm. And then the rain kept coming. My city is now a disaster zone. People are walking in clusters and looking weary. Andrey and I decided a look around and coffee were in order. We also got crepes. The sweetness of my French Vanilla melted into blandness as I looked at the devastation.

8 Calgary flood marked up

It was surreal. An ocean in a parking lot. An orange kayak paddling smoothly down a residential street. People walking close together, looking frightened. Others, looking for opportunities. Men sheltering their women and women sheltering their children. Curious dogs, mostly unbothered by the consternation of the pink hairless monkeys walking them. Roads that were rivers. Rivers that washed, angry and rich brown, over banks and trees. Cars being swallowed by water. Pictures of couches floating by. “Angry water” indeed. 

I think it’s probably self-explanatory that I’ve never experienced this before. I’d seen pictures of Winnipeg, Haiti, parts of India and Burma, China, New Orleans, and other parts of the States–but never ‘here’. First World Problems, indeed.

There is a picture below, featuring yours truly poking about in the local fancy-pants rec centre, The Glenbow. There is probably even more water there right now.


Michelle is an engaged author, reader, and editor. Should you want to read more about her and her work, you can find Michelle at her blog.

If you have been through something which affected you like this did Michelle, how did you cope?


4 thoughts on “Guest Blogger Day – Michelle Browne on Flooded Calgary

  1. The first major flooding of the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River (Northwestern Washington). We saw huge trees that it would have taken two or three people to encircle the trunk with their arms, huge boulders crashing against each other in their mad dash to reach the falls and surge on towards a larger river. It also took out our line that brought water up to our house. In normal times it was still a “clean” free, flowing river. We were prepared for they warned us when we bought the house. We did have to carry up water (in 15 gallon containers) from the river to put in the bathtub to use for flushing. It was amazing to watch the power of that river. We were high enough that it did not come into the house.

      • When we moved to Washington, it was my job to look for a home to purchase. Lanny stipulated that he wanted a mountain and a river. I never could tell that man “no.” I went out and found one. It took a lot of work to make it livable, but it was worth it. The people we bought from told us that they had been flooded in for three days. It never became that bad in the twenty-five years we were there. It was just for twenty-four hour periods. There was but one narrow road to the main county road.

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