Siksika Bridge ravaged by Bow Flood
Bridge 547 on the Siksika Nation was washed out during the Bow River floods. Over 1000 residents were displaced by flood waters.
Missing bridges, destroyed homes, flooded roads, and families camped on hills away from the now receding waters.
These are just some of the sights seen on the ravaged Siksika Nation. After water from the Bow River broke its banks and crested on Saturday, June 22, displacing over 1000 people from their homes in what was just the latest of floods, has altered the lives of Southern Albertans living in the watershed regions.
The Siksika flood, perhaps overshadowed by the Elbow and Bow rivers breaking their banks in the larger metropolitan area of Calgary, has forced people out of their homes and into relief shelters at the Siksika Sports Complex, and in nearby Gleichen as well. These centres are currently in need of supplies and volunteers to help alleviate the stress put on those who lost their homes.
Victim Services is currently assisting displaced peoples at these sites and are managing volunteers and donations through these locations.
Those wanting to donate should call the Siksika Sports Complex and see what supplies are needed, as many items like clothes, are currently in excess. If you want to volunteer, please call Louise Doore at (403) 325-0545, or Adrienne Lagrelle at (403) 901-4520.
Siksika Fire Department also warned that a boil water advisory was still in effect as of June 24 and that bottled water will be delivered to many houses. Those
outside the advisory are warned to use water sparingly. Siksika Administrative Offices will be closed until further notice - excluding essential services.
Siksika pharmacy will be open for those residents in need of prescription medication.
Fortunately, no lives were lost as RCMP, Siksika Fire Department, Siksika Security, Siksika Justice and Wheatland County deployed emergency officers on both sides of the raging river to ensure that the needs of residents could be met. Two to three bridges are at risk of being lost.
The bridges on highway 547 and 842 are currently
damaged and residents were not allowed to return to the area as of June 24. The Hidden Valley Golf resort was also
completely under water at the time of publication.
Another concern was for livestock and family pets - many of which were left stranded by
the flood waters. Emergency crews are currently working diligently to
reunite families with their animals.
Premier Alison Redford also announced on her Twitter account that Alberta Emergency Management Association (AEMA) has also been deployed in the region as well to assist those in need.