Last week the city of Calgary was flooded. It wasn’t great. Sadly, the worst-hit areas of the city include the Stampede Fairgrounds and the surrounding neighbourhoods. The first question on everyone’s minds is “Did the Hippos actually escape from the Calgary Zoo?”, and the second question is “Is the Calgary Stampede still on?”
If this isn’t being turned into a movie yet, it should be.
Secondly, we are absolutely ready to go. We’ve got this. Hold my beer. Just kidding, the flood did actually do a fair amount of damage (and I wouldn’t let you hold my beer. I mean, I don’t even know you), but the city and the province have been working non-stop since before the flood even fully receded to bring back vital services and get the affected areas clean.
Down here on the southern end of the Calgary’s Downtown Core, we are already back to normal. Considering we were 10 blocks away from the highest point affected by the flood, that’s says a lot about how fast the city is repairing the damage. I personally took a stroll down to the Stampede Grounds this morning and let me tell you, it’s dry. Yes, there will be a lot of cleanup. Yes, the neighbourhood was covered in fine river silt and for two days it smelled like the bottom of a rain barrel. No, it does not smell like that anymore.
Don’t believe me? That’s fair. There’s already a long list of cancelled festivals (Sled Island Music Festival), awards shows (The Eddies), and races (Colour Me Rad). There’s also the 4 concerts in the Saddledome that have had to be cancelled (sorry, Carly Rae Jepsen fans… Maybe she’ll call you?). But, ask yourself this; if we really weren’t on top of the situation, would the Calgary Stampede be selling t-shirts with this slogan?
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta (to learn more about Nuvo peruse the rest of the site, or check out our Facebook Page). When he’s not at his desk, he’s usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn’t involve computers.