Unless you have been under a rock or vacationing in the sun the last few days you are aware Central Alberta got breezy lately. From what I heard Red Deer recorded up to 128KM winds. The storm came through Ponoka and made its ways south through Pine Lake. There was a lot of damage from trees to roofs. If you are reading this please know my heart goes out to you. I live on the north end of Red Deer. When you look out my front window you can see a wonderful green space with playgrounds, ball diamond and a soccer pitch. The storm came directly across that field. I have never in my life seen anything so scary and powerful. When everything settled our little household was lucky. A few shingles and a new front door is what we need. Many folks are less fortunate. To those folks my heart goes out. Please always remember to ask for help. Your network of family and friends are there for you. Some will offer some will not but if asked they will step up and assist. Unless you ask you will not receive. Small things helps. Helping with kids to sawing trees everything helps. I know yesterday morning I spent the better part of the day picking up wood, insulation and even a soccer sock from our neighbourhood. The dump line up was long and slow but everyone I spoke to was pleasant.

 

The moral of this story – be pleasant. We are all going through this together. Help your neighbour. Help the city with their clean ups efforts. There are still people without power. Remember that as you make your coffee and smoothies this morning. Be pleasant to each other. Our breezy evening of June 20th was bad but I have not heard of any deaths. Our town’s cleanup crews and power lines guy are doing their best to get us back to a normal way of existence. Help them, thank them and be pleasant to each other. I have read a few comments online about wait times etc. Yes I waited for some time yesterday afternoon in the dump line up. Could my time have been spent better – YES. But I was thankful the line up was from people doing what I was doing.

Thanks to the City of Red Deer, my city, for their work. Also to the other surrounding communities. I know their town officials and workers are going through the same

Have a wonderful rainy day Central Alberta – be kind to your neighbours, be kind to strangers and help  out where you can.