Getting back to “normal” could take time.

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Engineers discussing the Montgomery river bank’s stability.

As Montgomery’s residents return home and start to get back to some of their daily routines, we are reminded that the situation is still far from normal.  All of us will be dealing with transportation issues for some time to come, many with disruptions at work, and some with clean up.  And for some in our community, erosion of river banks is still a clear and present danger.  For the Herald’s summary of how things stand on June 26, and an interview with our own David Baker (MCA board member and planning committee chair) click here.

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What the engineers were looking at.

 

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A Message from MCA President, Marilyn Wannamaker

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The community centre as muster station . . .

The Mustering Station at Montgomery Community Centre is now closed. All of our homes have power and everyone is welcome to come home. The land erosion and sloughing along 52nd Street is being monitored. The residents directly impacted are keeping in close contact.

I would like to recognize Janine McAuliffe  for her calm, can-do attitude and her incredible competence and connections with the community. To say thank you seems too minimal for all that Janine has done. First, she has not had a day off since last Sunday. She has been at the Community Centre from morning till night for the past three days. She has organized resources, provided information not only about Montgomery, but also about Bowness to the army, city, and first responders who have needed immediate answers. She has delivered food to Bowness and has been in contact with the Bowness Community Centre to ensure that our neighbours know that we as a community are here to help if needed. After a visit to Bow Crescent, she called Rona and asked for wheelbarrows to be delivered to the Bowness Community Centre. Through all of this, she continued to operate the Community Centre and held the Community Soccer Banquet. Janine is truly a gift and a blessing.

Next, I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing people over the lastArmy in Monty three days and would like to thank some of them now. The army detachment from Lethbridge, who were the first to show up with an offer to help our neighbours,  managed their responsibility with professionalism. John K. from the City of Calgary has been the daytime lead of the mustering station. He took charge Sunday afternoon and worked tirelessly to get power on to all of the homes in the community. He coordinated with City Building Inspectors, Enmax, and Atco employees, safety always being the primary consideration of all the decisions being made.

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Local Hero, Chef Michael Noble of NOtaBLE restaurant fed the displaced and volunteered his time and resources tirelessly. Montgomery thanks you!

Thank you to Donna Kennedy-Glans who has been to the community. She has offered her help and support to the community. Ms. Kennedy-Glans has toured 52nd Street, has been in touch with the residents, and has committed to ensure the issue is not lost in the overwhelming devastation of the flooding. Her support and the support of her office has been very reassuring.

Dale Hodges has been responding to his own home flooding and, at the same time, he has been in contact with our community. Dale our thoughts are with you.

If there are any of neighbours who require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the community centre and register your needs. We will endeavour to continue to support you to the best of our abilities.

Many of our residents have offered assistance. Throughout our community, we heard “don’t worry about me (us) we can manage, help Bowness.” If people are looking to help, there are many of our friends and neighbours across the river that still have major clean-up needs. I would encourage you to go to the Bowness Community Centre to register. Rubber boots, gloves, and a mask are a must if you are going over to help clean.  Stay safe and connected.

Marilyn

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Calgary Water: Clean, but in Short Supply

The City of Calgary is requesting that residents restrict water use as much as they can, but water quality itself is high and city water is safe to drink as is. For more information on the water conservation mandate, click here.

Update, June 30:  Outdoor watering restrictions have been lifted.  The public is still requested to be careful about their water use, especially for the next few days.

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The Situation Along 52nd Street

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Update: June 25. Before and after photos. Click to enlarge.

The Calgary Herald reports on June 23 that serious erosion is taking place on the riverfront side of Montgomery properties along 52nd Street.  The Maranatha Church is also affected.  To learn more click here (this article first details the situation in Bowness Park).

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Update, June 25: The eroding bank seen from the side.

 

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Wet photographs? It may be possible to save them.

The office of our MLA, Donna Kennedy-Glans, forwarded a message to us from Illusions Studio, a local photography business, with advice for those among us who are dealing with water-damaged photographs:

We may be able to restore precious photographs that have been damaged.  We have set up a copy station which may be able to restore damaged prints.  Contact us for details. 403 560-8665 (http://www.illusionsphotographic.com).
IMPORTANT: Do not let them dry together or dry touching glass.  True photographs have a resin coating and can survive water.  However once they dry against something (glass or other photographs), it’s almost impossible to remove or separate them.

New Sessions to create new memories:
If you have lost photographic memories in this Calgary Flood disaster, please allow Illusions Studio to recreate new ones for you.  We are offering free sessions once you are back home, safe and dry.

 

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East Bowmont Park Update: June 25

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East entrance to Bowmont Park, closed.

Bowmont Park is gradually drying out.  Police tape closes the park at the east entrance next to the Maranatha Church, off of 52nd Street.  The bank below is unstable and has experienced severe erosion, so safety in that area is still a major concern.  Please  continue to avoid this area.

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View over the former gravel pit to the river.

 

 

 

The former gravel pit still has a lot of standing water that is trying to find its way out.  Along the river, the paved path is  drying in many places, but the path and environs are covered in silt and debris, and the river banks are unstable.  More updates will follow as we learn more.

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Bowmont Park Changes: A Chance for Input to July 5

There is a plan developing to make significant changes both to the east end of Bowmont Park and to the off-leash boundaries.  It’s important for the City to hear from users of the park while the plan is still evolving.  If you are interested in viewing the plan and completing a response survey go to http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Construction/Bowmont-Park-improvement-project.aspx .  The site will be open through June 24 only, so there’s no time like the present to speak your mind.

Update:  the survey will now remain active through July 5, and new, clearer information about the changes to off-leash dog boundaries has been provided.

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NW Transportation Study Launches

The City of Calgary has launched a month-long study to improve transportation around the “Northwest Hub” (defined as “the part of the city around Brentwood, the University of Calgary, Alberta Children’s Hospital, and Foothills Medical Centre”).  Of course Montgomery borders the hub, and many of us work, learn, and play within it, so the City’s solutions are our solutions as well.  To learn more about the study and weigh in  visit http://itsyourhub.ca .

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