From the 47th floor of my downtown office building (yes, I have to work even though we are urged to stay away from downtown), it almost looks normal. Other than the fact that it looks like a ghost town- no cars on the road and very few signs of life.
Up close, that is not the case.
Now that the water has receded to controllable, but still very high and dangerous levels, you can see the destruction that has occurred across our city.
The C-train tracks at Erlton- looks like a roller coaster.
Area of Montgomery- houses down the street are complete write-offs.
Even in a crisis there is humour.
The outpouring of volunteers has been amazing. The City asked for 300 volunteers- 3000 showed up! There are so many requests for help on social media and people are jumping to help complete strangers recover from this disaster. The shelters are overwhelmed with food and supplies donations.
|Thousands of volunteers|
Unfortunately, due to the flooding, the organizers of Color Me Rad have been asked to postpone the race to August 3rd rather than this upcoming weekend. Obviously this is a huge disappointment but I understand that our city's resources and efforts of all citizens are needed to help clean up our damaged city. We aren't sure yet if we will be able to participate in the race in August since we are supposed to be out of town.