Henderson Lake Results and Calgary Flood Thoughts
Jun 24, 2013
It's 12:15 a.m. I just drove 5 1/2 hours from Lethbridge and I'm home and I am at a loss for words. Not about the tournament today. Full marks to Matthew Ritchot and Gina Kowalchuk on their wins at Henderson Lake today. More on them later. I'm at a loss for words to describe what I saw driving back north to Edmonton through southern Alberta and Calgary. Television reports over the last few days showing the devastation throughout much of southern Alberta only hinted at the scale of the damage until I got a first hand look at what has transpired over the last few days. My first hint of the scope and force of the water was leaving Lethbridge and seeing the height of the Oldman River, but really didn't hit home until I got to High River on Highway 2. Unbelievable. The town and much of the farmland north of town is a lake. I can only guess at the destruction in the town and surrounding community. Calgary was simply surreal. I'm in the city a lot during the year, and seeing the Bow River raging through the city was numbing. Inglewood Golf Course was just gone. Rounding the curve in the Deerfoot just north of Inglewood and seeing the water pounding over the weir only hinted at the level of damage upstream in the city. These are our neighbours and our friends and our families. It doesn't matter if they are golfers or seniors or whatever. They're our fellow Albertans and our fellow Canadians. Five hours in the car and my mind is percolating with thoughts about what we can do. We HAVE to help. We WILL help. I am now going to put up the results from the tournament today on the website and then try to get some sleep. I'm not going to go all David Ortiz on everyone like he did after the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston, but stay strong, Alberta!