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What next ... ?
Posted On 06/27/2013 20:10:14 by yourchoice

Just when we thought the city was getting a grip on the flooding disaster, they have a new challenge.

In the middle of the night, a railroad bridge over the Bow River in the city buckled under the weight of a passing train. Six tanker cars, filled with petroleum products, are on the bridge, but not in the water. At the moment, the cars are cabled together and anchored to train engines on both ends of the bridge, and the tanker cars are being pumped out.

Here is a link to pictures and details ...

CALGARY RAIL BRIDGE FAILURE

I have had so many friends drop by, asking about what is happening in our "neck of the woods", and this seems to be the best way for me to give updates. Personally, we are fine ... no hint of what is happening in the city that is less than 40 km. from our home.

Thanks for the interest and caring messages ...

Tags: Flooding Calgary Disaster



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06/30/2013 18:16:47

It's been a busy time around here ... and here is an update. The city fire department managed to empty the  six rail cars on the bridge, and then pulled them off the bridge (three each way), without any spills into the river. No petroleum contamination in the main water supply of the city.


This weekend, they are bringing people back into High River in stages ... but at least the residents will have an opportunity to see their home, even though they may still not be able to go inside. Much of the town still does not have electricity or drinkable water. All buildings have been inspected and listed in categories ... No damage, needs some repair/restoration, needs major repair/restoration, not habitable - to be destroyed. I can only imagine the emotional turmoil of the residents, wondering what category their home is in. There is no flood insurance available, and the need to rebuild will be so difficult, especially for those who live from paycheck to paycheck.


I heard a person say that even though we think it is an impossible situation, that's the way our generation lived when we were growing up ... oil lamps and lanterns, coal/wood burning cook stoves, no running water, no inside toilet facilities, no telephones ... and we turned out pretty darn good! So true!





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