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Stampede Cares – Alberta Flood

Stampede Cares – Alberta Flood 2013

Calgary Fairgrounds Underwater

Calgary Fairgrounds Underwater

Looking back it’s pretty crazy to consider what the cities of High River, Calgary, Medicine Hat and other smaller communities went through this year. We witnessed some horrific flooding that affected many homes but never dampened the Albertan spirit. It’s something we look back on, and we are thankful that everyone was safe. We can see that life is starting to get back to normal for those people affected by the flood.
I think the best way to summarize the spirit and attitude through all of this is best described in the words of Wendy. Wendy is the GM for RWDI Group of Companies and she provided a story of help and hope that was given through the crew and Stampede Crane & Rigging Calgary.

[blockquote]Hi Colin, I have been very remiss in not writing sooner. I’ve started many emails to you but always found it difficult to say what I wanted to say. I thought sending you this email that I sent to my colleagues might express it best. I sent the email in its entirety but highlighted the relevant paragraph. This email went to many people, including the top executives of our company. It was forwarded to others inside and outside the company, including by our company lawyer to his network, including our insurance agent who asked if he could share the story with his network.

In addition to that, my family members are all employed in the oil and gas business and have also been spreading the word about Stampede Crane as our hero. So your kindness has gone a lot further than our little retirement park at Aldersyde – it’s gone viral! I cannot begin to thank you for your incredibly fast action – you and your folks gave us back hope.

Forever indebted, Wendy Crawford, MBA, CHRP General Manager Corporate Services & Director Human Resources Associate RWDI Group of Companies[/blockquote]

Stampede Crane to the Rescue!

Stampede Crane to the Rescue!

Wendy Crawford 25/06/2013 9:47 AM

[blockquote]Hi folks.

I so appreciate your thoughts and concerns and apologize for the sporadic contact. We are still in evacuation from home with no water, sewer or electricity at the retirement RV Park in which we live. We’re currently staying at a highway weigh station in our trailer, a couple of km away. I normally need to travel for about an hour to get to my daughter’s in Calgary – in these conditions, its 2 hours or more with detours and heavy traffic. I’m finding it essential to be at home to help Jack and our neighbors so have only come back into the city a couple of times for a few hours to shower and get more equipment since last Thursday.

Our place, south of Calgary, is in one of the worst areas hit, just north of the Town of High River, which you might be reading about. They are totally submerged as were we. The water that covered our community has receded mostly but left behind a layer of heavy, wet, slimy silt varying in thickness from 1-2 feet and debris like I’ve never imagined. Can you just picture klutzy old me trying to slog through the mud? Our property was under 4-5 feet of water. The water flow last Wednesday was at 18 cu ft/sec. By Thursday night when the measurement equipment belonging to Alberta Environment failed, it was at +800 cu ft/sec. Unprecedented in recorded history. I can’t describe it more than a “raging torrent” that I’ve only maybe seen in a movie.

That’s our lazy little river behind our home… We were able to pull our vehicles and trailer off but our decks and other yard stuff was carried away by the water. Fortunately, we have trees that stopped the deck, gazebo and large shed from going into the main torrent. However, it dropped them in seemingly impossible places to move back on site because of the trees, weight and structure…we thought. Yesterday, the most incredible thing happened. One of the people in our community retired last year from a crane company. He called them and asked if they had any equipment he could borrow to help us. Yesterday, two 90 ton cranes – and crew – came to the Park. Check out the photo attached. That’s our 20 x 20′ deck being lifted 100′ in the air – over the trees – and plopped down approximately where it used to be! We have lots of repairs and new footings to install but you can’t imagine how relieved we are to have it back almost where it belongs. I know it seems such a small thing but just this one miracle, accomplished by volunteers, in the midst of disaster, has buoyed our whole community. Everyone was cheering and crying. We now believe we can get our homes back with the help and support of our friends. It was truly humbling. Stampede Crane Supply is our Park’s hero – forever!

Anyway, we have had help with plowing out a driveway path so we can get in with the truck and start hauling debris away. The help from family and neighbors has been amazing. And I can’t begin to enumerate the acts of kindness and generosity (although I will try later).

This morning I am trying to catch up on emergency items with work but then there is a crew of 7 people from Nexen (across the street from RWDI downtown) who are coming to the park to work for the day so I must go. They can’t get into their offices either and have connectivity issues so phoned me last night to offer their help. Amazing.

As a result, I will have to abandon ship here again for the rest of the day. I’m sorry about that as I have some pre-scheduled meetings with some of you. I will attempt to get into the office tomorrow. In the meantime, am trying to keep up with emails as connectivity will allow. Wet, muddy and very tired…but very grateful for our own luck.



We continue to be amazed at the goodness of Albertans. It’s through stories like the one above and the story of the request of volunteers. The city of Calgary asked for 500 people to arrive at McMahon Stadium at 8:00am to deliver “what to do next” flyers to the recently re-opened areas of the city. When the city asked for 500 people, 7000 volunteers showed up to lend a hand. We are amazed that our own operators went back to work in the midst of the trial to help restore power for their neighbors. It’s the feedback on the forced evacuations which required people to live with family in neighboring towns that have been called by locals in the area as “impromptu family reunions”.
We are continually grateful for the safety that was experienced for the Stampede crew and for their never-ending commitment to help people.

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Crazy Flooding in High River

Crazy Flooding in High River