Like the rest of the country, we’ve had enough rain to raise the level of concern about flooding at times so far this year, but luckily, we haven’t had anything close to what we experienced back in 2013.
It’s amazing how it fluctuates and it’s not even about what’s happening with the snowpack up in the mountains. It’s more about how much they’re releasing from the dam, but we’re on top of it and that’s a good thing.
We’re past the four-year anniversary of the flood of 2013 and we look at the period between June 16-28 as the time when things can happen, but we’re pretty much over that now.
There’s still a sensitivity and raw nerves about what happened four years ago. If water levels were rising 10 or 12 years ago, I probably wouldn’t have paid much attention, but that’s all changed.
We spend a lot of time monitoring and there is more time, effort and science put into it. Wim Veldman, an international hydrotechnical consultant who has worked with our owner Lyle Edwards on other projects, is more than a consultant – he’s put a lot into our efforts.
So, we get e-mails from Wim about flow rates and what we put into it now, as aware as we are now compared to before the flood, is emphasized by some of the flooding we’ve seen elsewhere this year.
It’s difficult to watch people go through it because you feel so badly for them based on your own experience. I was in the Okanagan recently, where they’ve had flooding, and people have lost docks and furniture.
The thing about water is that it’s one of those things that doesn’t just destroy things, but it does make a mess of things and continues to haunt you for years afterwards.
I remember being told that it would take five to seven years for the effects to go away, but I thought it would be two, yet we’re still feeling it. On the positive side, we’ve rebuilt and people are noticing the positive changes and what’s happening at a place like Kananaskis Country is an inspiration.
Certainly, one of the positive things that have occurred is the acquisition of knowledge that we’ve picked up since it happened four years ago.