The old adage in Southern Alberta, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute" is no longer amusing. Most people don't like the weather, and they've been waiting far longer than a minute for it to change.
We all know Mother Nature has lots of power and knows how to
use it. She has made her point, repeatedly,
over the past several weeks.
The list of her credits is not impressive, it’s
Most of the residents of High River have homes that are
severely damaged or completely destroyed, not to mention thousands more in
similar situations on Reserves, in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Canmore and the
Crowsnest Pass. Then, there are all the
business owners that also have to rebuild.
Yet, the destruction continues. Some of the Calgary neighbourhoods where
residents had just finished drying out homes, were hit with more flooding from
a rain storm on Friday night. The same
night, a hail and rain storm turned Taber streets into rivers, saw water
pouring into basements and put a major crimp in the Southern Alberta Summer
Then, Saturday afternoon, another hail storm that moved across the area damaged
Lethbridge homes, obliterated gardens and levelled acres of crops across the
region. Hail ranged from pea pellets up to ping-pong and golf ball sized ice spheres being lobbed from the clouds. In some places, the hail piled up
in what looked like drifts and completely covered the ground. It looked like Christmas in July.
It will be weeks, and in some cases months, before the costs
are fully tallied. Rebuilding could take
years. On July 26th of last
year, a hail storm hit Cardston and left a massive amount of damage to buildings
and vehicles. An individual interviewed
by Country 95 News two weeks ago, noted they had just finished having a new
roof put on their Cardston home, after it was damaged last year.