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Flooded Bridgeland area of Calgary – a ruined community garden

Two dogs are stopped by heavy flooding in the Bridgeland area.
Photograph by Barb Livingstone.

The Bow River that my dogs happily splash in near the zoo has become a muddy gush through people’s homes.

By Barb Livingstone
The Calgary Herald
June 22, 2013


Cars were abandoned in the streets, water to the windows, and other people, already told to evacuate, were gathering. Others were there, watching, worried about how far the waters could rise.

Before: The community of Bridgeland has a small sliver of land that has become a community garden in northwest Calgary, Alberta.

Most devastating, after the separation of people from their homes, is the way the rain has damaged other things that make our neighbourhood unique: the flooding of the community garden that brought people together and brightened an open area; the river’s obliteration of path-ways and community gathering places; the closing of the CTrain station that links us to the rest of the city.

Read the complete article here.