With the North Saskatchewan River rising in Edmonton, we were under a flood warning, but it abated. Then two days later there was a huge downpour of rain all day which clogged the water drainage lines in the city so many streets were flooded that way, and the river rose enough to become a major issue. For the most part, Edmonton was lucky and came out of the flood situation better than most.
Two days before yesterday's rain, Lloyd and I went out to see just how much the river had risen. It turned out to be a lovely day.
Our first stop was a local off-leash park for dogs and their owners. We didn't have a dog but we knew it was right on the river so we wanted to have a look.
|This sign had been put up while it was still on dry ground.|
|The river flooding created a little calm cove where some dogs enjoyed swimming. |
We made friends with the white retriever named Layla and her owner.
|This is looking on the south side of the river.|
|You can see how far over its banks the North Saskatchewan River|
The next day Lloyd and I headed down to Lethbridge again. Remember in my last post when I said that two of the bridges we would have used to get home were flooded so we had to be detoured through Calgary? Well this is the one we usually take, at Carseland. The water receeded rapidly and it's hard to imagine that it was completely under water at the height of the flooding. In all the years we've crossed the bridge, we've never seen the Bow River without dry sandbars down the middle of it. There was no sign of dry anything there on Sunday.
|We stopped to look around at Carseland. The river in the background had risen beyond the|
point here where I'm taking the picture.
|This farm was badly hit by the water. You can see where a portion of his|
grassland was washed away.
|Downed trees were scattered like toothpicks along the ground.|
And that's all I'm going to post about Alberta's floods. Happier stuff next time.